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Discover seafood and produce along the trails...

When the boat comes in...

Did you know that with its 1200-km coastline, Finistère is France's top county for sea-fishing?

It's certainly a good reason to visit the many fishing ports, large and small.

Let's start with Le Guilvinec, where you can witness one of Brittany's finest fishing-boat homecomings. Be there for 4pm to watch the first arrivals, and you can also opt for a special behind-the-scenes visit of the Fish Auction thanks to Haliotika, a unique visitor centre exploring and explaining the world of sea fishing, right up to present-day examples. Also take a look at the ports or fish sales of Penmarc’h, Loctudy, Plouhinec, Roscoff, Douarnenez... and why not Concarneau where you can also pop in to the fishing museum, Musée de la Pêche.
Any tour of sea-fishing ports would be incomplete without seeing one of the tiny ports typical of coastal Finistère communities like those in Le Conquet, de Plouguerneau, Trévignon (in the area of Trégunc) or Doëlan (in the area of Clohars-Carnoët).
Find out more details from the Tourist Offices, who will also advise you when and where you can buy fresh fish straight off the boats.

The surprisingly versatile seaweed

AlguesFinistère is France's top producer of seaweed. The main seaweed farms are found in north Finistère, Ouessant Island and Molène Island and up to the area known as Pays du Léon. To find out more about the variety of ways in which seaweed is put to good use, head to the Visitor Centre Maison des dunes de Kéremma inTréflez, or perhaps the Ecomusée de Plouguerneau that tells the stories of seaweed-gatherers through the ages, then go to the Village de Meneham in Kerlouan. If you can, try to find time for the seaweed ports of Landéda and Lanildut, the top seaweed harvesting port in Europe.

No investigation of seaweed would be complete without looking into its role in spa treatments such as seaweed body wraps, particularly the seawater Thalasso Spas, the first of which in France was established in Roscoff in 1899. Nowadays, you can enjoy spa treatments - without or without seaweed products - in Roscoff, Douarnenez and Bénodet.

The Sardine Trail in Douarnenez

The town of Douarnenez owes its industry to the sardine. It celebrates this legacy in a trail called «Le chemin de la sardine» which enables you to discover the town in your own time, learning about its history thanks to various bilingual panels placed at key sites.

Learn how the humble sardine has shaped this town's fortunes, from the ancient Gallo-Roman site where fish was cured and made into a condiment, to the factories established in the 1800s. Pass through cobbled streets to the heights of Plomarc’h, a farm that overlooks the dazzling seas. An inspiring circuit through which you can explore the town and understand its roots.

The Famous Plougastel Strawberry

FraiseReflecting the peninsula in which you'll find it - a green and verdant land surrounded by water - this museum offers visitors a walk through land and sea towards a better understanding of local history. How did this little treasure from Chili become the red pride of Plougastel? Why has the name of this community become synonymous with flavoursome fruit? The visit will take you step by step through the story, a special way to uncover the unbelievable impact that strawberry production has had on the locals since the early 20th century, and how its fame has spread ever since.
The permanent exhibition also gives visitors a glipse into maritime heritage and sea fishing, which has long been the complementary activity to harvesting the fruit. Discover the charm of the chapels and the architectural heritage of this village and, finally, admire the rich local costumes, their fabrics, colours and detailing.

The Onions of Roscoff

As well as the curious history of an unusual onion, Roscoff's Pink Onion story also concerns the excellence of long-standing expertise that has led to this particular beauty earning an AOC label - rather like the finest of wines! Fruity in character with a crunchy and juicy flesh, plus a slightly sweet flavour that lingers in the mouth - no wonder it's become a favourite with chefs. Be sure to taste it while you're here!

The AOC Route of French Cornwall

Rather like the West Country, Brittany is famed for its cider and apple-based drinks. They are produced under strict regulations using the very best cider apples from the area, and have to pass several rigorous tests and tastings in order to guarantee the irreproachable quality for which they are rightly famed.

Use this route as a way to explore the French Cornwall and even meet up with some of the 13 producers that are as talented as they are passionate. By visiting their premises, you'll learn about production techniques, the rich culture of cider-making and you'll be alazed at the different ways you can enjoy the award-winning Cidre AOC Cornouaille. Free leaflet and map are available in the tourist offices.

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