From Saint-Colomban to Bertrand du Guesclin
Occupied since the Mesolithic era, as shown by the ruins of the oppidum at the Pointe du Meinga, Saint-Coulomb was founded around the year 580, when Saint-Colomban, an Irish monk, landed on the beach of Du Guesclin. This beach owes its name to the family of the famous Constable of France, Bertrand Du Guesclin, whose grandfather built the Fort Guesclin in the middle of the beach in the 12th century. Later, not feeling sufficiently protected on this island, he abandoned it and built the powerful fortress of Plessis Bertrand, further south, and whose romantic ruins emerge from the trees of a small wood.
True Saint-Malo country
Dating back to the 11th century, Saint-Coulomb once attracted many wealthy merchants from Saint-Malo, who built their summer residences here – the famous "Malouinières" in the local countryside. The Ville Bague, one of the few that can be visited, is the most representative example, with a military architecture that we owe to Pierre Garangeau, student of Sebastien Vauban, Louix XIV's royal architect. La Motte Jean is the oldest of the style, having replaced a wooden feudal castle, the Azé, which is recalled in the pediments crafted in the stonework, reflected in the small Lake Saint Suzanne... 5 cycling circuits allow you to discover the town and these famous shipowners' houses, witnesses to a powerful maritime past.
"Malouinière" style houses in Saint-Coulomb
A preserved coastline
Fourteen kilometres of rocky coastline, four sandy beaches, quality market gardening centres and a rich and diversified heritage make Saint-Coulomb a great stopover town on the "Princes of Brittany" Tourist Route.
The GR34 hiking trail, the "Customs Path" allows you to walk along the coast and discover its treasures, including the dunes of Roz-Ven, where the house of the author Colette nestles, or the tomb of the Anse des Chevrets which protects the Havre du Lupine, a sanctuary of great floral richness and a wintering area for waders and shorebirds.
1,804 hectares - 2,735 inhabitants - locals known as Colombanais & Colombanaises