Here are some ideas of what to do in Mellionnec and surroundings. In addition take a look to “Les bons plans”, given in the French version, which are a set of suggestions from the À la belle étoile team.
Ideal for disconnecting, the Nantes-Brest canal
It is the most popular spot in Mellionnec and the best place to discover the Nantes-Brest canal, the site of Pitié is 4 km away from the village. Here the canal makes a wide loop which makes it the ideal place for a walk or a picnic, while two heritage curiosities are nearby: the Chapel of Pitié dating from the 16th century and 200 meters from there, the double lock of Coat Natous.
You can go to the Pitié site on foot from the hostel thanks to a very nice path (8 km round trip) through woods and hills which emerges above the canal. Cycling is also another good way to get there through uncrowded country roads.
The Nantes–Brest canal (French: Canal de Nantes à Brest) links the two seaports of Nantes and Brest through inland Brittany. It was built in the early 19th century, and its total length as built was 385 km with 238 locks.
The impressive Gallo-Roman quarries of Locuon
The place is impressive: a deep quarry with, nestled at the bottom, a chapel among the trees and moss that have colonised the granite. The quarry dates back to Roman times, when it was necessary to build Vorgium (Carhaix, located at 20 km) at the crossroads of the Roman roads of Brittany. Later will be erected the chapel, a virgin, a monumental staircase and a fountain.
Hiking, 9 km round trip. A very nice loop with different possible variants by paths and trails. Map or GPS track to ask at the hostel.
Cycle route, 11 km round trip, on uncrowded country roads with a bit of a drop. Map of the circuit provided by the hostel. Bicycle loan is possible onsite.
Guémené-sur-Scorff, the gourmet outing
15 km south of Mellionnec, Guémené-sur-Scorff has all the charms of a small town with a strong medieval character visible from any street... Which inevitably leads to passing close to the local charcuterie and its famous "andouille de Guémené". For those who do not know, it is a taste experience that should not be missed.
And why not enhance this outing with a restaurant plan? The À la belle étoile team has some good addresses to recommend in the town of Guémené or on the road that leads to it.
Bon Repos Abbey via the Nantes-Brest canal
Just under 20 kilometers away, Bon Repos is one of the most popular sites in Côtes d'Armor, with a few good reasons: its 12th century abbey, the old bridge that spans the canal, the Quénécan forest... And then, in the summer, there is the small Sunday market, where you can stock up on local products before enjoying them as a snack on a patch of grass. For those who want more, you can push a little further towards the covered alleys of Liscuis (2 km) or Anse de Sordan on the south shore of Lake Guerlédan (7 km). The first half of August you can also combine all this with the sound and light show of Bon Repos.