Brittany's Irresistible Cornouaille
Excursion : Benodet > Quimper > Concarneau > Pont-Aven
Total traveling distance: 55 km (34 miles)
Trip duration: 1.15
Explore a land of legends brimming with fishing ports and seaside treasures. From Bénodet to Pont-Aven, passing by Quimper and Concarneau, create your own seaside adventures and memories. Welcome to Brittany!
Located at the mouth of the Odet River, this lively seaside resort on the Cornouaille Coast is exceptionally bio-diverse. Take advantage of what this Breton village has to offer...
- Four beaches
Do you prefer soft sand (plage du Trez), crabs and seashells (plage Saint-Gilles), lagoons (plage du Letty) or simply strolling barefoot through water (plage du Coq)? You can also opt for thalassotherapy, soothing with its 32° heated seawater...
From this major navigation port linking Spain, England and the Netherlands, explore the waters with a cruise to the paradisiac Glénan Islands, or down the Odet, "the prettiest river in France...".
- Canning and biscuit factories
Sardines? Kouign-amann cake? Let your taste buds decide which traditional manufacturing workshop you visit.
- Seaside Museum
Dive back into the Belle Epoque and other memories of yesteryear! Through paintings, photographs and models, this museum offers a veritable look at art de vivre seaside.
Benodet > Quimper: 15 km (9 miles) via the D34, 25 min by car
Take the D34 15 km along the Odet, up to Quimper, capital of Cornouaille.
This city of art and history is prized for its architects, its potters and merchants of Halle Saint-François... Everyone say Kemper!
- Saint-Corentin Cathedral
The cathedral and Bishop's palace stand tall at Place Saint-Corentin, veritable gems of Brittany's Gothic art. Walk to the well-known Place au Duc to admire the typical half-timbered facades.
- Henriot-Quimper Pottery
Learn about more than 300 years of craftsmanship and industrial tradition at this factory and museum dedicated to the decorative art. The working-class neighbourhood of Locmaria is where this savoir-faire was born.
- Halle Saint-François
This market, operating since 1847 in a restored convent, is open everyday. Make sure to stock up on homemade biscuits!
Quimper > Concarneau: 25 km (15 miles) via the N165, 25 min by car
Drive less than half-hour on the N165 to get to "la ville bleu". Blue, a natural colour distinction for Concarneau, which lives in sync with the tide, with fishing and the legends that inhabit its famous walled town...
- La vie en bleu!
Discover how, in the 14th century, a cluster of fishermen's cottages was transformed into an admirable fortified city.
- Fishing Museum
Head to the museum in the town centre to learn about techniques here and afar, and climb aboard a real trawler to experience life as an apprentice sailor!
- The port
Observe and exchange with the local fishermen then make your way to the La Croix district to visit a seafood cannery.
Concarneau > Pont-Aven: 15 km (9 miles) via the D122 & D124, 25 min by car
Only 15 km separate Concarneau from another remarkable small town. Pont-Aven, with its fine arts background in the forefront, its cookies and 14 mills, is full of colourful revelations...
- The painters' saga, from Gauguin to Sérusier
Discovered by the Americans and made famous by the Impressionists, this Breton city was inspirational ground for the Synthetist, or Symbolist movement, the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art along with many masters-in-the-making. Its Fine Arts Museum has a great collection of works and pedagogical resources.
- Thin, crispy galettes, or biscuits
Penven and Traou Mad have been perpetuating the artisanal Pont-Aven biscuit tradition since the 17th century. Visit their workshops for an inside peak on their ingredients and the techniques used to make their local delicacies. Don't wait to taste!