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Discover the Château du Taureau

The Château du Taureau

Our small Alcatraz!

You’ll need a boat to take you to Taureau, the only offshore fortress in Brittany. Sailing times depend on the tides.

Built in the 16th century and rebuilt by Vauban in 1745, the noble Château du Taureau began its life as a defence and look-out, then became a prison, then a holiday home and a sailing school before nearly falling into ruin in the 1980s.

Leaving from Carantec or Plougasnou, you can sail to this fortress for an experience that is both fascinating and cultural, from April through to September.  Come and explore the three levels of this fantastic structure, from the blockhouses to the terrace, the walkways to the manual drawbridge.

Around fifteen information panels outline the unusual history of this stone vessel, while sound effects help to recreate period life in the main rooms. There are also telescopes and orientation plaques to help you work out what’s what on the horizon. Discover the everyday existence of soldiers in the garrisons and the prisoners held here during the 18th century, then learn about the people whose histories are most closely linked with this place.

Your visit

Allow 2 hours if you’re coming from Carantec and 2½ hours from Plougasnou.
The price includes your return boat crossing and an hour’s unguided visit around the Château du Taureau.

From Carantec on Kelenn Beach (follow the signs).

Le Château du Taureau

Booking and ticket

Telephone: 00+33 (0)2 98 62 29 73
Carantec Ticket Office is on Kelenn Beach.



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