Île de Groix – In love with food and land

What a great choice had we made! Port Tudy on Île de Groix is a cute little port, quite popular with French tourists. The port has an inner and an outer part. The outer part is open to the sea so all boats go up and down with the tides. The inner part has a sill that stops the water from flowing out after a minimum depth is reached, which also means that after this time, the inner harbor cannot be entered or left. We arrived from our passage from the Azores right on time to get a nice place inside the totally protected inner harbor. The staff of the capitainerie is super welcoming and helpful.

The first pilgrimage after a passage is usually to the shower and then to the supermarket to get fresh food. And soon the two invisible (and quite smelly!) goats that had become our intimate companions during the passage were flushed down with fresh water and shampoo and Naïma’s shelves featured fresh fruit and vegetables again. We love this moment after a passage. We did provision well for all our passages and we always eat well on board, yet the taste of fresh fruit and vegetables is pure joy after a certain time at sea. It is not only the freshness, but oddly enough for us the same food tastes much better when it doesn’t shake.

The Île the Groix is so small that you can walk around it in one day. A popular thing to do is to rent a bicycle and follow the narrow roads across the island. We decided to take it real easy and hiked along the island’s shores in several small day hikes with many stops. Swimming in Brittany is unfortunately a very refreshing experience. One try was enough for our Caribbean-spoilt bodies. But the landscape is beautiful with its villages and meadows, its diverse shoreline and the tides that transform it by the hour. We walked white sandy beaches and rocky cliffs and sometimes we had to hurry to avoid getting caught by the rising tide. The paths across the island are lined with blackberries, a sweet fact that slowed down our hikes considerably. One day we collected 1.5 kg of blackberries to make jam and bake a cake. Mmmm it was!

We also met a really nice French couple (Christiane and Dominique). They had sailed the Bay of Biscay for over 10 years now and invited us for an apéritif on their boat, which lasted almost until midnight. They introduced us to some local specialties such as the Kouign Amann (a butter-sugar cake that is eaten warm).

Then it was time to prepare Naïma for a month of visitors. We took the opportunity to not only thoroughly clean the boat, but also to get rid of certain things that we didn’t need anymore.

Up next we meet Ela’s parents in the medieval town Concarneau and sail with them along Brittany’s beautiful coast.

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