This small area of Brittany little known to mass tourism preserves all the true and authentic Breton spirit: here, the population jealously guards its cultural and religious identity, so untamed and fascinating.
We propose below a short itinerary for a day trip, perhaps starting from Quimper. We suggest you lose yourself in the delightful country lanes with chapels, crucifixes, old farms surrounded by wild and romantic, sometimes melancholic, nature.
The route begins in Pont-l’Abbé, a small town as quiet and placid as the pond and small port it overlooks. Don’t miss the castle and the museum dedicated to local folklore, the old Carmelite chapel and the shops of Breton craftsmen.
The town comes alive with the Fête des Brodeuses, on the second Sunday in July, in which folklore groups parade, and on the Pardon des Carmes on the third Sunday in July.
Loctudy is the port specialising in langoustine fishing and you should not miss the fish auction every day from 5pm onwards. There is a beautiful Romanesque church with strange and fascinating sculptures on the capitals. At the Manoir de Kérazan, a sumptuous country residence, you can take a nice walk to the farm.
If you have time, you can take a cruise on the Odet or to the Glénan archipelago.
The extreme tip of this area, Penmarc’h, is surrounded by rocks and a stormy ocean with two beautiful harbours, Saint-Guénolé on one side and Kérity on the other.
Saint-Nonna is a beautiful church in flamboyant Gothic style that will amaze you with its lines and details. The Eckmühl lighthouse can be visited and from the top of its 300 steps you can enjoy a breathtaking view. There is an arts and crafts market at the foot of the lighthouse every Monday from 6.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Finally, head to Pointe de la Torche, famous for its waves crashing against the cliffs
In Sainte-Guénolé, you can take guided tours of the fishing boats and life on board. The beautiful cliffs along the coast and the Chapelle de la Madeleine are also worth a visit.
In the following map you can see the location of the main places of interest mentioned in this article