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History

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.

 

 

Seaside Museum

Discover Bénodet in the early twentieth century: Birth of tourism, the beautiful marina and the art of living by the sea.

Phare de la Pyramide
 Phare de la Pyramide

The Pyramid Lighthouse

With a height of 48 metres, it was constructed as a replacement for an old marker in the form of a pyramid which served as a reference point for sailors entering the Odet.

Phare du Coq
 Phare du Coq

The Coq Lighthouse

Beaconing by alignment with the Pyramid Lighthouse at the entrance to the Odet, it owes its name to an immerged rock whose strange shape looks like a Cockerel.

Eglise Saint Thomas
 Eglise Saint Thomas

Saint Thomas church

This church, located at the port, is dedicated to Saint Thomas Becket.

Perguet
 Perguet

Chapel Of Perguet

Located alongside the road between Bénodet and Fouesnant, it was the parish church of Bénodet until 1878. Its roman part was built in the XI century.

Notre Dame de la Mer
 Notre Dame de la Mer

Notre Dame de la Mer church

Church of contemporary architecture, built in 1968 on the Avenue de la Mer.

Le Minaret
 Le Minaret

The Minaret history

The Minaret in Bénodet is part of the Moorish heritage. In fact, Doctor Boyer was once in Marrakech to cure the Pacha El Glaoui.

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