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EXPLORE

THE "VILLE CLOSE"

With its ramparts and towers built circa XIIIth century, the Ville Close looks like a wonderful sand castle battered by successive tides. Situated on a rocky island, The Ville Close is an exceptional site between the fishing port and the marina. In the cradle of Concarneau, it has crossed the centuries protected in the shadow of its ramparts, thereby retaining a rich architectural heritage, shops and restaurants.

THE LITTLE TRAIN

The necessary complement to the Ville Close.
Climb aboard the ‘little Train’ to discover Concarneau…

Guided tour on the history of fishermen, the canneries and painters. Throughout the promenade, Gauguin and Flaubert will tell you about their Concarneau. Comments written in English, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch.
The little train is waiting for you facing the bridge of access to the Ville Close every day, from 5th April to 30th September. Every Monday and Friday mornings, the departure is from the Tourist Office. The length of the circuit is 35 to 40 minutes starting at 10:30am, the last round is due to start at 6:00pm depending on the influx.
In any case the departure times are on display near the train.

CULTURAL HERITAGE

The Heritage Centre : The access to the fortifications is possible during each French school holidays period. The Heritage Centre provides access to the fortifications throught the “Tour of the Gouvernor”, recently renovated.

The Fishing Museum : At the entrance to Concarneau’s famous Ville Close (walled town), visitors will find a unique museum where they can explore Brittany’s exceptional maritime heritage.

The Marinarium : Knowing, understanding and managing the sea… to better protect it !

Keriolet Castle : On the heights of the town, 5 minutes from the Ville Close of Concarneau, the chateau recounts the unusual destiny of the Russian Imperial Princess Zénaïde Narischkine-Yusupov and her husband count Charles de Chauveau.

ART GALERIES AND ARTISTS

Concarneau, source of inspiration!
As early as the 19th century, Concarneau hosted artists from around the world attracted by the fishing port activity by the ramparts.

The stunning light, the fishing port, the ramparts of the walled town have always exercised its fascination on numerous artists… Alfred Guillou native of Concarneau and his friend Théophile Deyrolle are the creators of the “groupe de Concarneau”, French painters but also American, English, Swede or Russian… all of them attracted by this typical town. Some of them came very often like Sydney Lough Thompson from New Zealand or the American Charles Fromuth, they painted numerous and major works.

PORTS

A port in town!
Concarneau, a town which has always looked towards the sea, owes its development to the many fishing activities.

Fishing sardines was practiced by dozens of rowboats for centuries. Fishing tuna loaded more than hundred dundees at the beginning of the 20th century. The use of motors, hulls of’iron’, after the second world war, led to great changes: Concarneau’s flotilla specialises in trawl fishing, much more beneficial.
The port soon ranked third, in competition with Boulogne and Lorient.
Even if revenues have now declined, 17 Ocean tuna trawlers working off the coasts of Africa and in the Indian Ocean have made their home port the first of France for this type of weapon.These maritime activities resulted from the mid-19th century, in the development of canneries (they were about 30 in the 1930s!) which contributed to the reputation of the town.
The ‘Marina’ plays today an important role in the local economy. Cruisers and sailing boats, as well as all the shipbuilding companies, have a secure shelter, wonderfully located in the heart of the town.

BEACHES

Nestled in one of the most beautiful bays of Brittany, Concarneau is a privileged resort for the water sports and bathing. The many fine beaches meet all expectations: animated and supervised beaches for the whole family, quiet and relaxing beaches, and charming coves can be accessed via the coastal footpath.

The Pointe du Cabellou :  The Cabellou beaches are located along a point stretching forward into the sea.
In ancient times a fort was built there to watch out for any potential sea attacks.
Today the Cabellou offers fine sand beaches separated by amazing rocks upon which children can jump and climb … and paddle in ponds left behind by the sea in search of prawns.

HIKING

Step into your walking shoes and explore the kilometers long inland and coastal paths.
The GR34, better known as the “Customs officers’ footpath”. 19 km worth if coastal paths overlooking the sea, the rocks and the indented coastline… and much more if you feel up to it.
• The Three Valleys (7 km), departure from the train station car park for this 1.5 hour long walk or 1 hour long mountain bike ride (intermediate level). This trail alternates woodlands and semi-urban landscapes.
The Dorlett – Kérandon (6.5 km), this trail is for all the family, including pushchairs. Departure from the car park, located avenue Robert Jan opposite the secondary school. 1 hour 15 minutes walking and 45 min by VTC (Hybred) bike (beginners level).
• The Moros (5.8 km), shaded circuit around the Moros’ lake. Departure from Beuzec-Conq’s car park behind the church or from the water station’s car park in Brunec. 2 hours, intermediate level.
• Circuit Lanriec, Le Minaouët, Manoir du Bois (9.1 km), lovely scenaries along the Minaouët sea inlet and wooded areas. Depature from Lanriec, opposite the cemetery. 2 hours walking, 1 hour by mountain bike (beginners level).

BY BIKE

The Three Valleys (7 km), departure from the train station car park for this 1.5 hour long walk or 1 hour long mountain bike ride (intermediate level). This trail alternates woodlands and semi-urban landscapes.
• The Dorlett – Kérandon (6.5 km), this trail is for all the family, including pushchairs. Departure from the car park, located avenue Robert Jan opposite the secondary school. 1 hour 15 minutes walking and 45 min by VTC (Hybred) bike (beginners level).
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• Circuit Lanriec, Le Minaouët, Manoir du Bois (9.1 km), lovely scenaries along the Minaouët sea inlet and wooded areas. Depature from Lanriec, opposite the cemetery. 2 hours walking, 1 hour by mountain bike (beginners level).

CROSSING BOATS

Wide range of boat trips for all ages and interests, from 30 minute crossing to Beg-Meil to half a day or a day in the Glenan Islands. Fishing trips are also available. Have a nice time!
The 15 islands of Ponant are mainly situated offshore of the coast of Brittany. The nearest of Concarneau is the Glenan. However, a lot of them are easy to reach from Breton harbours: Ouessant, Sein, Groix… or Belle-île-en-Mer.

The Glenan Islands, a day of relaxation and discovery over the water.
A day in the archipelago and one wonders if it was not a dream…
Located ten miles from the Mainland, the Glénan archipelago and its string of islets offer a magical spectacle. This bright and sunny haven of peace in the middle of the ocean and its beaches of fine white sand and emerald green waters make you think of exotic far away islands.

Discover the three islands situated on the pointe du Finistère :   Ouessant, it’s Ushant in English. Enez Eusa in Breton, meaning “the farthest Island”. A name that struck fear to sailors in old days, what with all the shipwrecks caused by its treacherous reefs at the southern entrance to the English Channel. Now, visitors can come to the island virtually any day of the year without difficulty. Towering lighthouses keep vessels far from the reefs. These half-dozen “phares” make a great impression. The natural surroundings still inspire awe too, especially the dramatic rocks along Ushant’s north shore.
Ushant and the Molène Archipelago remain a world apart and now constitute a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, a haven for adventurous travelers offering countless delights that you could only expect from one of those rare places where man and nature still manage to coexist.
Sein, this tiny, car-free island is a microcosm of Breton resilience, battered by the elements but still stunning, especially if you have the chance to visit off-season. Sein itself barely seems to keep its head above water – the highest point on the island doesn’t reach 10 m above sea level !
Its exceptional environment and majestic landscapes have earned it the honor of being ranked among the “most beautiful villages of France”.
Molène, at about 15 km from the west coast of Finistere, Molène is the main island of an Archipelago of the same name, comprising 9 islets : Bannec, Balanec, Queménès, Litiry, Trielen, Ledenez, Béniguet and Morgol.