Bénodet, today a well-known seaside resort on the Cornouaille coast, has always been recognised for the geographical interest of the mouth of the Odet, navigable as far as Quimper. Its location is the source of its Breton name which means “the head of the Odet”. During the whole of the Middle Ages, Bénodet served as the commercial port for Quimper for the traffic of cereals, wines, cloth, wood, fish and other coastal shipping to Spain, Bordeaux, England and Holland.
The development of Bénodet started at the beginning of the last century with the development of tourism and the passion for ocean bathing and then sailing. Its charms, combining the rural gentleness of its river with the severity of the ocean, give Bénodet its special climate so appreciated by those that discover it.
Talented writers such as Emile Zola, André Suarez, Frédéric le Guyader, Guillaume Apollinaire have translated their emotions there. Numerous painters have idealised these moments of light and emotion such as André Dauchez, Lucien Simon, Eugène Boudin.