8. Concarneau

 Concarneau is located at marker 8 on the map of Brittany below.

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It is a fishy business here, in the sizeable town of Concarneau, (pop 20,000) (pronounced as Konk-Kerne in Breton). The town’s fishing port is responsible for bringing in about 20,000 tonnes of tuna annually!  In addition, Concarneau also boasts a commercial harbour, a buzzing fish market and a small medieval town. These sights coupled with the ‘beachy’ atmosphere, has garnered the town a considerably good seaside resort reputation. 

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Concarneau is dissected by the River Moros with the modern town situated at its west side and the medieval, Ville Close on the river itself (on a rocky island), sandwiched by the commercial and fishing harbours. You can arrive at Concarneau via bus, at Quai d’Aiguillon.

 


FRANCE FINISTERE ConcarneauConcarneau’s biggest asset is Ville Close. It is referred to as the walled town and was built in the 14th century, modified later, in the 16th century. Huddled away on a small rocky island, Ville Close is connected to the mainland by a footbridge. Places to note within the walls would be rue Vauban and Place St-Guénolé, as they feature old stone houses which have been turned into shops, restaurants and other typical tourist attractions. You can access the walls from the mainland, via Maison du Patrimone [Place du Général De Gaulle,  +33 298503917  www.concarneau.fr, Prices vary], which exhibits the town’s history. Lying close by, would be place’s ramparts, which offer rewarding waterfront views of the bay, port and town. 

Chateau de KerioletAnother piece of historic architecture in town is the grand Château de Keriolet [Rue de Keriolet  +33 298973650  www.chateaudekeriolet.com/ ad/ch€5/3]. This 19th century castle is located up north and is constructed in a Neo-Gothic style. It has a history of sheathing well-known Russian figures, such as the aunt of Tsar Nicolas II and the nineteenth fates Russian princess. The interior features an assortment of ancient architectural styles from around the world, such as the dining room which has an adjoining Chinese style salon. The castle is also enveloped by vast greenery on the outside. 

The town’s trademark fishing industry is not forgotten in its tourism repertoire. For centuries, Concarneau has been a bustling fishing port and its rich seafaring tradition is exhibited in all its glory, in the Musée de la Pêche [3 Rue Vauban,  +33 298971020  http://www.musee-peche.fr/ ad/ch €6/4]

If you head further down, to the town’s southernmost tip, you will find the Concarneau Marinarium [Place de la Croix,  +33 298508164  www.mnhn.fr ad/ch €5/3]. It is the oldest marine biology institute which was founded in 1859. The stalwart building houses 10 aquariums and numerous exhibits in its oceanography, including a significant community of marine wild and plant life.

The climate and locale of Concarneau facilitates many outdoor activities, such as walking and cycling. There are about 18 walking tracks and 39 cycling circuits around the town, to suit your fancy. You can also try your hand at sea angling  on a fishing expedition from local operators offering tours which ranges from four hours to the entire day. 

Another popular activity is taking a boat trip around and out of the town’s waters, to sight the surrounding islands and estuaries. It is quite easy to find a boating company as they are usually located close to the ports. You can also head on down to the beaches of Concarneau- Plage des Sables-Blancs (up north) or Plage du Cabellon (south of town). 

 


 

CONCARNEAU MAP:   1. Ville Close  2. Musée de la Pêche  3.  Maison du Patrimone  4. Château de Keriolet 5.  Concarneau Marinarium

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