We love Binic. A lovely little town with good restaurants and a nice atmosphere. The harbourmaster is very helpful and the facilities are good. The marina has quite a high gate and so can be tidally locked on neap tides, so plan your trip carefully.
Marina gate times for 2019 – Binic_Tides_2019
Brochure of Binic 2019 – BINIC_Guide_to_Port_2019
Binic is a lovely marina and quite easy to get to. Apart from the reef which extends from Saint Quay Portrieux, it is a clear run from the Channel Islands.
The new marina gate increases the opening times a little, but the main thing is there is 3m of water as soon as the gate goes down.
The harbourmaster’s office if well located, very helpful and speak very good English. They are good at responding to e-mails so do e-mail them if you plan to visit.
Apart from a week in May when they have a big celebration with old ships, the marina should have room to accommodate you. There is also a Jazz / blues event in July which can make it busy. Check with the marina first.
The marina is very subject to tide times and on neap tides may not be open at all. That is probably why a lot of people favour Saint Quay, but they are missing a lot. There are many excellent, high-quality places to eat in Binic and it has a very nice small town feeling. The Ti Bus means you can get to Saint Brieuc in 20 mins or to Saint Quay or Pontrieux.
Next to the marina are some great beaches and an outside swimming pool filled by sea water. The tide does go out a very long way at low tide.
The lock gate has been replaced by a sill which provides a longer opening times for the marina. It opens at approx 8.5m and closes at 9m. It is still possible to get neaped in but less frequent.
Tel: 02 96 73 61 86 / 02 96 74 59 19
Very good at responding and very good English. The marina office is normally manned when the gate is open. When we arrived in August 2019, we were met by a person in a metal tender who guided us to our space.
Do call on VHF Channel 9. There are “traffic lights” in front of the marina office and a message board in LED lights. The person on the top floor of the marina office controls the lights and will probably tell you where to moor from the window.
YouTube video – youtu.be/V4_vI_5ZGzE
WiFi They will issue you with a code for up to 4 devices. The WiFi is called Port_Binic. Be aware that this seems to transmit on 5GHz only and so may not appear on older devices or WiFi repeaters.
Pilot Guide – www.ville-binic.fr/index.php?i…
Tides – Marina gate times for 2018 – Binic_2018
Guide du Port
Tourism information – www.brittanytourism.com/discov…
Folks and Blues festival – 29 to 31 July 2016 – you have been warned – www.binic-folks-blues-festival…
Web Camera – sometimes shows the visitors pontoon
Facilities – small but clean – key code to get in (same as for main visitors pontoon). Showers are now free (2018)
There is a Carrefour supermarket visible diagonally to the right after you have crossed the footbridge
The closest one to the marina is called Jacobs.
The Patissier Chocolatier that used to sell croissants is now a Tapas bar!
Market day – Thursday
Restaurants – www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant…