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Concarneau, its walled town and its still thriving fishing harbour

Town of Art and History

Having developed thanks to the fishing industry, Concarneau evolved around its harbour.
Initially built upon a small island, the town was quickly strengthened with fortifications, creating the iconic walled town of Concarneau known as the ‘Ville Close’. This coastal town soon grew and spread further out thanks to a series of tinning factories. A walk along the coast soon reveals the fishing ports and marinas, sandy beaches and the rocky creeks that make up this seaside town.

Concarneau - awarded the label ‘Town of Art and History’ - is especially famous for its ‘Ville Close’, the oldest part of the town that was fortified in the 1300s and is connected to the mainland by a bridge. Here, you’ll find a collection of superb timbered and gabled houses surrounded by flowers, all jostling for space in pretty cobbled streets where you’ll also be able to browse in the local shops. Step up onto the ramparts and you’ll be able to watch the still-active fishing port as well as the marina with its bobbing boats.

Events and Cultural Visits in Concarneau

In the main town, be sure to visit the Covered Market which walls date back to 1855, the contemporary church (with a remarkable Bazaine mosaic), the traditional houses and of course the coastal path with its views, not forgetting the Fishing Museum (Musée de la Pêche), the Marinarium marine biology centre and the beautiful Château de Keriolet.

It’s always lovely to stroll through the picturesque open-air market on Monday and Friday mornings, as well as the halls of the covered market every weekday morning. There are also several shops and boutiques throughout the town centre.

Concarneau has a great many exhibition rooms and renowned art galleries that are open all year round and is home to popular festivals during the year, from the book and sea event ‘Festival Livre et Mer’ to the ‘Festival du Polar’ and the iconic ‘Festival des Filets Bleus’.

Good to know
The Heritage Department of the town organises several guided tours and workshops for children all year long. In the "Maison du Patrimoine" located at the entrance of the "Ville Close" (open during touritic season), you'll find more information about the town's history (brochures, exhibitions...).

To discover Concarneau and its history, you can choose one of the 5 trails going round the town. You can also use your smartphone (or tablet) and flash the QR codes in the town to watch video abstracts about maritime life.

Find out more by browsing and downloading the brochure about the history of Concarneau and the various trails.

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Video of Concarneau and its surroundings

Discover the natural beauty of the lake at Rosporden, take the Green Way that reaches as far north as Roscoff, follow the River Aven to the heart of Pont-Aven town, famous for inspiring painters such as Gauguin, look at the mills and then take to the water over to Port-Manech where you can try your hand at watersports; walk along the coastal path or the circuits around Névez, where you can explore 16th century villages such as Kercanic and Kerhascoët, discover the dunes and lakes of Trévignon (nearly 750 acres of beautiful natural landscapes sheltering birds, amphibians and other wildlife), stop over in Concarneau, Town of Art and History built facing the sea and cross the bridge into the heart of the famous walled town!


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