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Concarneau

Famous for its mighty walled city, Concarneau enchants with its cobbled alleyways, its pronounced maritime vocation and its beautiful fine sandy beaches.
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A former stronghold of Brittany, the fortified town of Concarneau has a strong maritime vocation while preserving a rich architectural heritage.

Having survived wars and corsair raids over the centuries, sheltered by its ramparts and fortifications, Concarneau shows its true identity along the quays of the port: you can see fishing boats, shipyards, pontoons welcoming boats of all kinds, regattas at the start.

The town is entirely facing the sea, nestled at the end of one of Brittany’s most beautiful bays, with beaches accessible on foot along the corniche: it is a privileged place for bathing, nautical and thalassotherapy activities.

Things to do in Concarneau

A Breton town located in southern Finistère and a former stronghold in Brittany, Concarneau is both a seaside resort and an important fishing port. It is called The Blue City because of the colour used to dye the fishing nets on the harbour quays.

The Ville Close of Concarneau

15 Rue Vauban, 29900 Concarneau, Francia

A city of art and history, Concarneau is famous for being a fortified town: the Ville Close, or closed city, was remodelled in the 19th century by the architect Vauban. From its mighty ramparts, it offers incredible views of the Concarneau bay, fishing ports and marina.

Its cobbled streets host a variety of restaurants and shops, which we invite you to discover unhurriedly, especially in summer when the town comes alive with festivities and events. For example, the Carré des Larrons, located in the heart of the ramparts of the walled city, is transformed in the summer into a major venue for concerts of all kinds, where orchestras and local folklore groups liven up the evenings.

Also worth seeing is the Governor’s House, one of the last two half-timbered houses still standing: unfortunately, most of these buildings were destroyed by fires over the centuries.

Château de Keriolet

2Rue de Stang ar Lin, 29900 Concarneau, Francia

Just five minutes from the Ville-Close and classified as a historical monument, the Château de Keriolet is a neo-Gothic private residence whose origins date back to the 13th century: its richly decorated façade highlights the beauty of 19th-century architecture.

This magnificent mansion, complete with beautiful gardens, secretly guarded the love affair of the Russian imperial princess Zénaïde Narischkine with a commoner, who later became a nobleman.

In the 20th century, the Keriolet castle had several owners, including the princess’s great-grandson, Felix Yusupov, who was famous for participating in the assassination of Rasputin.

On a guided tour of the castle, you can learn all the details of this Russian epic in Brittany.

Maison du Patrimoine

3Rue Vauban, 29900 Concarneau, Francia

Located in the former house of the governor of Concarneau, the Maison du Patrimoine is a must-visit: here you will find all the information on the town’s summer programme, including concerts, shows, guided tours, entertainment and workshops for young and old.

The 16th-century building at the gates of the walled city is the starting point for exploring the city’s medieval fortifications. Exhibitions are presented each year to better understand and learn about Concarneau’s history and heritage.

Marinarium

4Quai de la Croix, 29900 Concarneau, Francia

Marinarium is the oldest maritime station in the world still in operation.

Concarneau’s marine biology station offers a visit of about 45 minutes to discover the local marine biodiversity, through a route marked by aquariums, a children’s touch tank, exhibitions, films and unusual environments, to encounter species with surprising characteristics.

You will take a journey beneath the surface of the sea, to become aware of the richness of the marine environment and understand the threats that human activities pose to this delicate ecosystem.

The Fisheries Museum

53 rue Vauban Ville Close, 29900 Concarneau, Francia

Located in the historic heart of the town of Concarneau, the Fisheries Museum reveals all the secrets of maritime activity: thanks to a rich collection of boats, everyday objects and models, you can discover the world of fishing.

The carré des mousses room offers families the opportunity to experience the maritime world through play.

Plage des Sables Blancs

Concarneau is also very famous for its enchanting beaches. The best known is the Sables Blancs beach, which is particularly suitable for families. Bordered by just a few villas and nestled between two rocky peaks, this fine sandy beach is a good place for swimming, as it is permanently guarded.

Here you will also find the opportunity to practice many water sports such as windsurfing and kayaking.

Plage des 4 sardines

7Chem. de Lanadan, 29900 Concarneau, Francia

Plage des 4 sardines is one of the pearls of Concarneau: thanks to its difficult access, only reachable on foot via a dirt path, it has remained untouched and little frequented.

This deep inlet, intimate and wooded, enchants with its fine sand, clear water and an enchanting panorama over the beach of Cap Coz to the promontory of Beg-Meil. Added to all this is its south-west orientation, which guarantees excellent exposure to the sun.

Plage De La Belle Etoile

8105 107 Av. du Cabellou, 29900 Concarneau, Francia

In addition to Sables Blancs and Kernous beach, Belle Étoile beach will also delight you: here, small dunes of fine sand and crystal-clear waters await you, where shrimp fishing enthusiasts gather.

The beach is located on the Cabellou peninsula and stretches over 500 metres.

Map

In the following map you can see the location of the main places of interest mentioned in this article

How to get to Concarneau

The town of Concarneau can be reached by plane using Nantes Airport, undoubtedly the closest. Those who combine a visit to Brittany with a stay in the French capital could land at the Paris Orly Airport, Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris Beauvais Airport.

By car

Concarneau is 540 km from Paris: you should allow about 5½ hours by following the A11 to Le Mans, then the A81 to Rennes and finally the N24.

If, on the other hand, you arrive from Nantes, calculate 2½ hours, whereas it only takes 1 hour from Brest.

By train

If you choose to travel by train, the fastest option is the TGV direct from Paris-Montparnasse: correspondence at Rosporden or Quimper.

Where to stay in Concarneau

To experience the city’s magnificent atmosphere, which becomes cloaked in magic at night, we recommend you stay one night in Concarneau.

The best place to stay is in the marina district: this area overlooks the Ville Close, the historic centre of Concarneau, a place where it is nice to stroll around but which does not offer much accommodation.

In the marina district, on the other hand, you will be able to take advantage of a complete hotel offer, which will satisfy every type of request and will suit every budget. Another particularly good area is the one behind the Plage des Sables Blancs: it is rich in facilities, which often also boast thalassotherapy centres.

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Concarneau Weather

What's the weather at Concarneau? Below are the temperatures and the weather forecast at Concarneau for the next few days.

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Where is located Concarneau

Concarneau is located in the Finistère department and is considered one of France's most important fishing ports.

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