Saint-Jouan-des-Guérets

Saint-Jouan means "Saint-John" and Guérets means "ploughed land"

The birth of a village

Inhabited since Roman times, as shown by fragments of pottery found around the area, along with sections of the Roman road from Léhon to Aleth, this agricultural village was born in the 13th century, according to the founding myth of Saint-Budoc.

 

Day of the Dories!

Day of the Dories!

On the banks of the river Rance, and an immediate neighbour of the town of Saint-Malo, the village of Saint-Jouan is a fully maritime community. In the 16th century, the locals were among the first sailors to embark on the great fishing expeditions to Newfoundland. On board their schooners were the famous dories - little low-hulled rowing boats indispensable in the ancient art of cod fishing. Every year, at the end of August, the Dory festival "Doris de cale en cale" celebrates this maritime heritage.

 

To the rhythm of the tides...

South of the town, the banks of the river Rance form a cove into which the sea flows at each rising tide. The Moulin de Quinard is among several tidal mills built along the Rance estuary. The mill is mentioned as early as the beginning of the 19th century, and it worked until the Rance silted-up here, finally stopping in 1924. Today it represents an endangered heritage, part of a landscape full of charm for lovers of hiking and cycling on the banks of the Rance.

The "mills trail" allows to discover the grassy marine wetlands where salt tolerant plants such as samphire, obione and statice grow.

Little Egret, Gray Heron, Cormorant and Herring Gull are the delight of wildlife enthusiasts. The Ile aux Moines, one of the three islands in the middle of the estuary has become a protected nature reserve which houses a colony of Pierregarin terns.

 

Beautiful old stone buildings...

The heritage of Saint Jouan includes lots of buildings, such as the Plussinais and its chapel, listed Historical Monuments. Other beautiful homes that once belonged to the "gentlemen of Saint-Malo" can be seen along our hiking trails.

 

1,110 hectares - 2,733 inhabitants - locals known as Jouannais & Jouannaises