Concarneau is a city of art and history, an important fishing port and seaside resort. The gated city, surrounded by ramparts, invites you to discover the past and stroll along the shopping streets. There are fishing ports and marinas on both sides of the old town. Walking paths lead to the cove and sandy beaches, to relaxation and water activities in one of the most beautiful bays in Brittany.
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Concarneau is located in Brittany on the southwest coast of the Finister department between Quimper and Lorient. Although Concarneau is the third largest fishing port in France, tourism also plays an increasingly important role in the economic life of the city, known as the “city of art and history” with its historical center, which is one of the most visited places in Brittany. A good way to start a visit is to look at Konkarno's past life - get up early and see the fish market in the city, which starts at 6 a.m. Then, at the end of the day, you can see the shafts illuminated at night, perhaps their most attractive time.
This is the old town, Ville Close, which stands on a rocky island a few meters from the coast in the harbor, and can be reached by a drawbridge, which is the most interesting part of Konkarno for visitors, with a main street, with attractive buildings and many shops and restaurants. The origins of Ville Close date back to the 15th century, and for the following centuries it was the center of activity in Concarneau. This part of the old city is more likely given to tourism, and in the midst of summer one of the most visited places in Brittany can be a little crowded - it is only 350 meters by 100 meters. It is still worth a visit, as it is very attractive, with picturesque cobbled streets and squares and a mixture of half-timbered and granite medieval houses. The fortifications around Ville Close were already created before Vauban significantly added to them in the 17th century, and now you can take a walk around the ramparts , which offer beautiful views of the ports and Konkarno Bay. There is also a fishing museum in the old town where you can learn more about the importance of the industry for the history of the city.
The city outside Villa Close is also interesting to explore: the wide streets of the 18th century provide an interesting contrast to the narrow streets of the old city. Concarneau Covered Market is a good source of fish, fruits and vegetables if you are staying in this part of Brittany. In the city you can also take a walk along the promenade, the fishing port and the entertainment port , and then if you want to learn more about life under the waves, you can visit the Marina, a chance to discover the amazingly diverse spectrum of life and the coastline of Brittany.
If possible, visit Concarneau during the last Sunday of August when the colorful festival, the Blue Networks Festival, takes place. The program includes musical entertainment, exhibitions, master classes and concerts. In Conkarno itself there are several small beaches and several others on the coast within easy reach. Dames Beach and Blanqua Beach (with lifeguards in summer) are two beaches that are nearby. If you follow the coastal path from Plage des Sables Blancs towards l'Anse-Saint-Jean, you will also find quieter beaches.
The Chateau de Cariole, on a hill above Ville Close, is an interesting site to visit. The castle mainly dates from the 19th century, when it was designed and furnished by a Russian princess who married a French count. Around Konkarno there are several marked footpaths that allow you to enjoy the surrounding region and the coastline. Among other things, a walk along Kerlian to the Carandon Valley is recommended, and a walk along Le Roose with stunning views of the city and harbor.
The coastal city and former stronghold of Britain, the charms of Concarneau unfold throughout your stay. Konkarno is a city of art and history, an important fishing port and seaside resort. The closed city, surrounded by fortified walls, invites you to discover the past and take a walk along the shopping streets. On both sides of the old town are fishing ports and marinas located in the city center, where wide avenues emphasize the sea show. Walking paths lead to the bay and sandy beaches , to relaxation and water activities in one of the most beautiful bays of Brittany.
The sheltered harbor of Konkarno (Konk-Kern in Breton), 24 km southeast of Quimper. At the port you can see a trawler that catches almost 200,000 tons of Ton (tuna) from the Indian Ocean and off the coast of Africa.
Overlooking the port and surrounded by medieval walls, the extremely picturesque old town - Ville Close - is quite amazing, and one of the most popular places in Brittany in the summer, and the city itself is quite beautiful. The coast west of Konkarno is interesting to explore if you have a car, as it is cut through the inlets and dotted with picturesque harbors such as Ste-Marine (a good place to stop for a coffee or a bite to eat in one of the port cafes. Konkarno also is the starting point for Ile de Glenana.
Beach du Cabello is located about 7 km south of the city, a great place for sunbathing and swimming with a view of Concarneau. Beach du Sables Blancs - This beautiful stretch of sand is located about 1.5 km northwest of the city. In summer, rescuers are on duty.
Ville Close is a walled city. This special fortified city, fortified in the 14th century and modified by the architect Vauban two centuries later, is located on a small island connected to Jean Jaures by a stone bridge. Just behind the citadel clock tower and the main gate you will see the 18th century Tour du Gouverneur, which is one of the access points for walking along the ramparts . Continuing, Ryu Vauban leads to the place of Saint-Genole and the former church - and then to the hospice - with the same name.
Konkarno is a small town and has no airport.
From Camper to Konkarno can be reached by bus, travel time - 33 minutes