Phare du Petit Minou

The Phare du Petit Minou is a lighthouse in the roadstead of Brest (, Plouzané is a commune in the Finistere department of Brittany in north-western France

Standing in front of the Fort du Petit Minou, in the commune of Plouzane. By aligning it with the phare du Portzic, it shows the safe route to follow for ships to enter the roadstead. It also has a red signal that indicates a dangerous sector around the plateau of les Fillettes (literally the girls), one of the submerged rocks in the goulet of Brest — sailors remember this by using the mnemonic “the Minou blushes when he covers les Fillettes”.

Access : Coordinates: 48.336667-4.614167 / The distance between Paris and Phare du Petit Minou is 515 km. The road distance is 602 km. There are 6 ways to get from Paris to Phare du Petit Minou by train, bus, car, plane or taxi Train  3 h 54 min ,Take the train from Paris Montparnasse to Brest(F) Tgv ( 128€ – 142€ ) Paris – Bercy 9 h 55 min by Bus, 3 times a day By bus : Ouibus 18€ – 26€ . By car :  Drive from Paris to Phare du Petit Minou 5 h 57 min Approximate fuel cost: 65€ – 95€ 601,9 km.

Description : Its cylindrical tower masonry stone is attached to a cylindrical building. The Lighthouse of Petit Minou forms an alignment with the lighthouse of Portzic and indicates the road to enter Brest harbor. The lighthouse is connected to the land by a bridge. The Petit Minou lighthouse is an example of the combination of the Kersanton stone with the pink granite of the Aber Ildut: the basement, consisting of two rows of Kersanton, the outer facing of the tower, mainly pink granite except a Kersanton gray cord (surmounting the first six pink granite beds) and the Kersanton crown. The stairs of the tower are also in Kersanton, as well as the lining of the inner wall and the vault under the lantern.

Nautical features : Total height : 26 meters (34 meters above sea level) Main light: white and red with 2 flashes every 6 seconds, optics: horizon, focal length of 0.50 meters, led 180 watts. range: 19 miles in the white, 15 miles in the red. Auxiliary light: aligned with the portzic lighthouse, range: 23 miles.

Activities : sightseeing / photography, environmental interpretation, landscape observation

Go next : Brest , a city on the west Atlantic coast of France. / The islands Molène and Ouessant, in the mer d’Iroise


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