Bénodet, a famous seaside resort in southern Finistère, has always been a place recognized for its geographical interest at the mouth of the Odet. Its location earned it its name in Breton, “Head of the Odet”.

Throughout the Middle Ages, Bénodet served as a commercial outpost in Quimper for the traffic of cereals, wines, canvas, wood, fish and other cabotage materials to Spain, Bordeaux, England or the Netherlands.

The rise of Bénodet began at the beginning of the last century. During the Second Empire, Bénodet attracted a wealthy population who appreciated the pleasures of vacationing. Villas, castles, mansions are built on the banks of the Odet and facing the sea.

The construction of the first hotels: Grand Hotel, Hotel de la Plage, Hotel Ker Moor; the creation of alleys and promenades and the appearance of bathing cabins on the Trez beach constitute the very first tourist facilities in the South – Finistère.

The craze for the practice of sea bathing and fine yachting enabled the development of elegant tourism, which was encouraged by the railway serving Quimper. The resort is transformed and from the small village of fishermen and farmers, the first seaside resort of Finistère is born.

Talented writers, Émile Zola, André Suarez, Frédéric le Guyader, Guillaume Apollinaire have expressed their emotions there. Many painters have idealized these moments of light and emotions such as André Dauchez, Lucien Simon, Eugène Boudin...

Enjoy a visit to the seaside museum which retraces part of the history of Bénodet.

Have you become “archicurious”? For the rest it is here.

The seaside museum

In Bénodet in Brittany, a whole art of seaside living is revealed in this pretty seaside museum. Discover temporary exhibitions...

The fog lights

Bénodet in Finistère, by its exceptional location, between river and ocean, has two lighthouses. Do you know them ?

The churches and chapel

Bénodet has been enriched by a remarkable architectural heritage. Beautiful surprises await you at the bend of a path or in the heart of a chapel.

The Minaret or Villa Magdalen

Many of you on vacation in Bénodet ask us about this "beautiful, atypical building, in the shape of a liner". Here is his story...