Brittany peninsula thousand faces.
Some information to help with your visits and walks from the Pointe du Raz with its dramatic cliffs overlooking the sea, to the sheltered shores of southern Brittany.
- Website of the Tourist Office : http://www.benodet.fr/
- Kayak rentals on site at Camping du Letty and the old port of Bénodet.
- Bike hire, 150m from Camping du Letty from ‘Cycletty’.
- Trips to the Glénan archipelago and on the river Odet on board the Vedettes de l’Odet, depart from the old port.
- A foot ferry (that accepts bikes) links Bénodet and Sainte-Marine, depart from the old port.
- 800 m from the Camping du Letty, facing the sea, is a spa centre, a casino and a cinema.
- Bénodet market, renowned for its local specialties and handicrafts, is held every Monday morning at the market place.
- Take the Tourist Train (‘le petit train’) to discover the wonders of Bénodet.
- Many coastal paths link Mousterlin, Beg Meil and Cap-Coz.
- The stunning view over the Odet estuary, from the bridge ‘Pont du Cornouaille’, links the two historic areas of the Fouesnantais and the Bigouden.
- Festivities: – THE SUMMER FESTIVAL (‘l’été en fête’)
- concerts, Breton evenings, maritime festivals, entertainment …
- In the neighbouring commune of Clohars Fouesnant, play golf at Golf de l’Odet (18 holes) in the heart of a beautiful wooded area of 130 hectares.
- At Forêt-Fouesnant (10km) play golf at Golf de Cornouaille (18 holes) ideally situated along the bay of la Forêt-Fouesnant and offering magnificient views across to the Glénan archipelago.
Sainte marine (3 km):
- Website of the Tourist Office : http://www.combrit-saintemarine.fr
- Facing Bénodet, across the Odet, Sainte-Marine welcomes you to its small fishing port, its chapel, its famous ‘abri du marin’ (a shelter for sailors in the past) and its marina.
Quimper (17 km):
- Website of the Tourist Office : http://www.quimper-tourisme.com
- ‘Capital of Cornouaille’: The city of art and history will seduce you with its medieval streets, its magnificent Gothic cathedral, its bridges of flowers on the river Odet, its gardens and museums.
- ‘Le Festival de Cornouaille’ (third week of July) is the second largest Celtic festival in Brittany.
- The big specialty of the city is the pottery workshop (la faïence) … an absolute must to visit !
Concarneau (22 km):
- Website of the Tourist Office : http://www.tourismeconcarneau.fr
- Famous for its walled city, ‘La Ville Close’, restored under the care of Vauban, architect to Louis XIV. From its ramparts and numerous viewpoints you can see the fishing port, the marina and the bay (Pointe du Cabellou, and Isles des Glénan).
- Located within ‘la Ville Close’, the fishing museum – covering 1500m2- depicts the history and techniques of marine fisheries worldwide.
- ‘La fête des filets bleu’ is an integral part of the town of Concarneau, this very popular festival.
- Trégunc has a coastline of 23 km with a wide variety of coastal landscapes: towering granite blocks alternate with long beaches and creeks.
Pont-Aven (33 km):
- Website of the Tourist Office : http://www.pontaven.com/contacts/tourisme/office
- Called ‘city of painters’ because of the many visits of Paul Gauguin and other impressionist painters. Here in Pont Aven there is a museum to help visitors discover these artists. The city, still dedicated to the arts, has many galleries of paintings.
- The heart of the city is decorated with pedestrian walkways, beautifully decorated with flowers, enabling you to walk quietly along the edge of the river.
- Just above the village, the chaos of the Aven – the gigantic granite blocks hamper the flow of the river Aven.
L’Ile-Tudy (12 km):
- Ile-Tudy is a small port with white and coloured houses with narrow streets, which stretches to the mouth of the river from Pont L’Abbé, the ‘capital’ of Bigouden. – Opposite Ile-Tudy is Loctudy with its port and fish market. Well known for langoustine fishing, the port specialises in langoustines, the famous “Demoiselle Loctudy”.
Pont-L’Abbé (12 km):
- Website of the Tourist Office : http://www.ot-pontlabbe29.fr
- The capital of Bigouden, Pont l’Abbé honours the Breton traditions with the Bigoudin museum – a collection of costumes and headdresses, musical instruments, furniture, agricultural or maritime tools.
Le Guilvinnec (24 km):
- Website of the Tourist Office : http://www.leguilvinec.com
- The premier Bigouden fishing port of which the commercial fish market/auction hosts Haliotika – a discovery centre of fish, fishing and fishermen. The return to port of the offshore fishing boats and the unloading of their catch is a daily spectacle.
Penmarch, St Guénolé et St Jean Trolimon(24km):
- Website of the Tourist Office : http://www.penmarch.fr
- La Pointe de Penmarch, dominated by the imposing lighthouse of Eckmühl, has an indented coastline and a sea strewn with rocks. From the lighthouse, you can admire a breathtaking panorama.
- Along the coast in a northerly direction, the port of St Guénolé, then further north, La Torche, famous for its peninsula and beach that stretches out of sight. It is a celebrated place for surfing, windsurfing and sand yachting.
Audierne (43 km):
- Website of the Tourist Office : http://www.audierne-tourisme.com
- With its quays lined with the imposing houses of shipowners, Audierne is located in a beautiful setting at the mouth of the Goyen. An ancient fishing port, today Audierne has turned towards being a port for pleasure crafts.
- See also: The Audierne Aquarium for native Breton aquatic species and at the same time marvel at the seabirds in free flight.
Douarnenez (41 km):
- Website of the Tourist Office : http://www.douarnenez-tourisme.com
- The city with 3 ports: The ancient port Rosmeur, around which was built the old town, the new fishing port and fish market and finally the Port Museum “Port-Rhu”, dedicated to the seafaring world.
- Do not forget to taste the local specialty – kouign amann !
Locronan (35 km):
- Website of the Tourist Office : http://www.villedelocronan.fr
- This is a village which has preserved the charm of its cobblestone streets and old grey granite houses. Its church, its main avenue and crafts are a must to visit.
La Pointe du Raz et la Pointe du Van (60 km):
- Site internet de la pointe du Raz : http://www.la-pointe-du-raz.com
- A l’extrême Ouest du Cap Sizun, la Pointe du Raz et la Pointe du Van, deux sites grandioses et célèbres aux falaises découpées. La pointe du Van offre une vue imprenable sur la Baie des Trépassés, du Raz, de l’îlot de Tévennec et de Sein dans le lointain. – Many walks with views of lighthouses.
La Presqu’île de Crozon (70 km):
- Website Crozon : http://www.presquile-crozon.com/photos/index.php
La presqu’île de Crozon offers a coastline of wild beauty, where it follows rocky points, creeks, and cliffs. – At the end of the peninsula is the ancient langoustine port of Camaret sur Mer (81 km from Bénodet), where the main sites to visit are the Tour Vauban, la Chapelle Rocamadour and the Lagatjar megaliths.