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The town is known for its sand dunes and the red granite cliffs along the coast. History [ edit ] The area around Perros-Guirec has been occupied since prehistoric times, as attested by menhirs and dolmens dating from that era. Inhabitants of Perros-Guirec are called perrois in French. The village was originally named "Perrous" in Breton or "Pairrus" in Gallo (both meaning "rocky place") but it was renamed to Guirec after a local saint who lived there during the 6th century AD. During World War II, German soldiers were stationed at a fort located on Pointe du Kerbihan near Perros-Guirec; they nicknamed it Fort Blunder because of its poor strategic position overlooking Saint Brieuc Bay. On June 5, 1944 American bombers attacked this fort causing many casualties among both German soldiers and civilians living nearby. This attack is described by author Kurt Vonnegut Jr.