Finistère, Penn Ar bed, in Breton, as its name indicates: the end of the World but, in fact, this is where the voyage really starts!
With its thousand kilometres of coast, the department of Finistère offers you exceptional views, its beaches and its creeks, ideal for a walk or a moment of relaxation. And don’t forget the islands: Glénan, Sein, Ouessant, Molène, Batz, genuine paradises on Earth.
The richness of the maritime and historic heritage will amaze you: fortifications, lighthouses, manors, châteaux, chapels, standing stones,….you will certainly find visits to your taste.
If you want a taste of greenery, a visit to the centre of Finistère is required: Hiking in the Monts d’Arrée, discovery of parish enclosures, the regional park of Armorique and its countryside of legend are all elements that will enrich your stay.
Looking for activities or new discoveries? In Finistère, you are spoiled for choice.
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The Glénan's Archipelago
Bénodet, Fouesnant, Beg-Meil, Cap-Coz, Pointe de Mousterlin, the Forêt-Fouesnant and the Glénan, an invitation to a voyage.
The green of the trees, yews, oaks, pines surround chapels and manors, the white sand beaches, the turquoise waters of the Glénan isles, the fouesnantais countryside, a countryside with a thousand faces which has a thousand surprises for you.
Kéréon Street, Historic center of Quimper
Ascend the Odet to reach Quimper, the capital of Cornouaille.
Classified a city of Art and History, this city is packed with architectural treasures. Take the roads and alleys of the pedestrian area, admire the half-timbered facades, visit the cathedral and discover its museums and famous pottery.
The fortified Town
Concarneau, it’s a city of Art and History, an important fishing port and a seaside resort all at the same time. The fortified heart of the city, the Ville Close invites you to discover the past and stroll down its shopping streets.
“Old country of millers, Paradise for artists”, Pont-Aven is a city with multiple facets: the beauty of the site built around the river, punctuated by 14 watermills, the charm of the “bois d'amour”, the richness of its history with art and artists, particularly the most famous of them: Gauguin and Sérusier. A stop on the route of the Cornouaille painters, its Museum of Fine Arts invites you to discover the masters of the Pont-Aven school.
The end of a fishermen's day
All you have to do is cross the Cornouaille bridge when leaving Bénodet to discover the Pays Bigouden and its capital, Pont-l'Abbé.
A land of character and tradition, famous for its Breton lace hats, 36cm tall and known to everybody.
Wandering along the coast, you will marvel at the forces of nature and be astonished by the beauty and authenticity of the countryside.
Lovers of surfing should not miss the mythical spot of “pointe de la Torche”.
On the land side, the Pays Bigouden offers a series of verdant valleys.
A land of fishermen, the four Pays Bigouden ports, Saint-Guénolé-Penmarc'h, Le Guilvinec, Lesconil and Loctudy perform a curious ritual every day. At about 6am when the deep-sea boats are unloaded, than at about 5pm when the coastal boats come in: sale by auction. Possibility of taking a trip on a trawler leaving from Guilvinec.
Offices de tourisme du Pays Bigouden
The significant architectural heritage of Locronan has allowed the village to be a member of the “Petites Cités de Caractère” (Little cities of character) network. It has also been granted the label of one of the most beautiful villages in France. An old weaving city, Locronan has bought its know-how back to life. It’s museum is a central part of the Brittany “linen and hemp” route.
Pays de Douarnenez
Douarnenez, ancient sardine capital represents, on one hand, a picturesque urban heritage made up of old canneries and the houses of factory workers, fishing families and sardine workers.
On the other hand, the coastal villas, from the most imposing to the most modest, line the quarter of Tréboul. Douarnenez remains a town well known for its fish canneries: Connétable, Petit Navire and even Arok. It is also an important pleasure port along with Tréboul and Port-Rhu.
Two classified natural sites: the natural site of Plomarc'h and the isle Tristan, only accessible at low tide.
Its museum houses an exceptional collection of boats from all traditions and origins, on land and floating.
The Bay of Douarnenez offers visitors its majestic countryside and its sites of legend such as the famous town of Ys.
La Presqu'île de Crozon
The Crozon Peninsula
On the road to Brest, make a detour to the Crozon Peninsula.
Surrounded by the ocean, the peninsula is known for the richness of its countryside: the cape of Chèvre, the point of Pen-Hir, the point of the Espagnols and the château of Dinan are remarkable natural sites.
Presqu'île de Crozon