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Seabass and sardines


Line-caught seabass

Rare and therefore rather expensive, seabass is a fish with fine flesh and few bones that lives in lively waters and rocky depths. It can be caught all year round by trailing a line behind a boat - this sustainable and ecologically-friendly method is preferable to large nets that catch and injure other species. Catching Seabass with a line is no easy task however, as they don't give up easily!

Low in calories, this fish can be eaten whole, as a steak or fillet and brings plenty of flavour and vitamins with very little fat. A diner's dream!

Sardine, little silver fish

Finistère still tops the list in France for Sardine production. For a long time, our port of Douarnenez was  ethe world's foremost sardine fishing port and the forerunner in industrial tinning practises for fish.

Slim, silver-bellied with a blue-tinted back, the sardine is still one of the most affordable fish on the market. You can eat sardines, bones and all, straight from a tin, but fresh sardines are delicious either oven-baked or barbecued. Certain sardines are treated as vintage, with collectors' tins being stored in cellars to gain value - and flavour!

The Sardine Trail

Head for the attractive coastal town of Douarnenez with its many ports, home of the sardine fishing industry. The Sardine Trail is a series of information panels throughout the town, telling the story of how Douarnenez and this silver fish are inextricably linked. The panels are connected by a series of bronze plaques set into roads and pavements which you can follow to discover the sardine's story and the town centre at the same time.

Beginning at the farm park of Plomarc'h that overlooks the breath-taking bay, the Trail then leads you into the centre and around the port - if you do the whole circuit in one go, allow about 2 hours, but you can do it in sections and just stop off for refreshments when you need to!

Fun fact
There are more and more people known as Puxisardinophiles (those who collect tinned sardines!).

Try to see...

The fascinating archaeological remains at Plomarc'h in Douarnenez. Dating from the Roman times these vast stone squares are like vats, in which they made garum, a fish concentrate and a delicacy at the time.

Interactive map


Top-of-the-range places
Finistère trails

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