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Douarnenez

Douarnenez

Douarnenez, with its history of sardine fishing, is also famous for its three ports: the old port of Rosmeur, the Port-Rhu and the fishing port.

Walking in Douarnenez

Located just 20km from Quimper, Douarnenez’s rich maritime past is evident everywhere you look. The town is one of contrasts, from the old quarters with their steep alleyways closely linked to the sardine trade, the river-mouth at Port-Rhu, the mysterious island of Île Tristan (photo below) that is only accessible at low tide and of course, you can follow the Sardine Trail on foot, leading you towards the old Rosmeur Port - once home over 800 sardine fishing boats – and on to the sacred haven for fishermen, the Abri du Marin.

Douarnenez boasts many other gems, including Plomarc'h, a small village of traditional Breton houses that overlooks the sea and Rosmeur Port. This holds some of the most significant archaeological remains in northern Europe as this industrial Gallo-Roman site was where they produced Garum, a sardine-based sauce flavoured with herbs that was an expensive commodity throughout Gaul 2000 years ago. Above all, Plomarc’h is adored by families for the small farm park and the animals that live here on the hillside which, along with a play area and picnic spots, make this an ideal, free outing.

One of the most beautiful bays in Europe

Haunted by the legend of Ys, a city said to have been lost to the waves many centuries ago, the mythical landscapes around this bay have inspired many artists. And of course, the quaint coloured facades of the townhouses all add to the effect!

Culture

The Port Musée is unusual in that it offers both a conventional museum onshore plus a floating museum, all dedicated to maritime heritage. Renovated in 2006, the museum on the Port Rhu reveals the cultures and the societies of seafaring people throughout the world. The floating part of the museum consists of five boats on the water that can be boarded so you can explore and better understand the life of crew members, from the harbourside to the Purser’s Office.

There are also galleries and workshops throughout the town. Its key exhibition centres are the Centre des Arts, the Villa Mériadec, the Events Hall, an exhibition room in the Hotel Ty Mad, La Friche and the Port Musée. The Tourist Office also offers guided visits on various themes that can be arranged throughout the year.

A lively town, Douarnenez offers a varied menu of events: the Festival du Cinéma, the Fête des Mouettes, renowned Boat Festivals and of course weekly markets at Tréboul and in the town centre.

Vidéo of Douarnenez Bay and the Cap Sizun

Let’s discover Douarnenez Bay and the Cap Sizun, where you’ll find Brittany’s answer to Land’s End (la Pointe du Raz) as well as landscapes that will take your breath away. Sébastien Rannou, a joinery teacher, gives us his own guided tour of this part of Finistère. The towns of Douarnenez and Pont-Croix, the shipbuilding yards and the Skellig fishing boat, the Plomarc'h, and all the stunning coastal landscapes.

Contact

Ville fleurieTourist Office - Tel. +33 (0)2 98 92 13 35

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