Experience the charm and natural beauty of northwest France with a trip to Concarneau in Brittany. Wander the beautiful medieval quarter for views across the harbour, or head further afield for a tour of the magnificent Chateau de Keriolet. After some exploration of the town's cultural past with a trip to the fishing museum, head into the centre for a taste of some classic Bretonne cuisine.
Stroll along the picturesque yachting harbour as the sun sets, relax on the white sands of the Sables Blancs, or take a seat around the beautiful medieval Ville Close area with some short-lived souvenirs from the town's master chocolatier. There are plenty of attractions in Concarneau, however you'd like to spend your time ashore:
Chateau de Keriolet
Discover the story of Princess Zinaida Yusupova in the beautiful halls and grounds of the Chateau de Keriolet. This stately home was originally built in the 1400s, but has since been redesigned in beautiful neo-gothic style by the princess in the distinctive Breton style. Tours here may be available in English, giving you the opportunity to learn about the lives of the nobility here, and the staff who worked for them. Since 1988 the owners of the Chateau have begun a program of restoration to preserve the building's cultural treasures – so there's never been a better time for visitors to wander the chateau's magnificent rooms and halls.
Musee de la Peche
Concarneau's popular fishing museum provides its visitors with a detailed look at the industry and artistry of fishing through the ages. The museum is housed in several of Concarneau's most historic buildings, with a large collection of artefacts including shipping charts, ancient documents and black and white photographs showing the lives of the fishermen of Brittany. Outside you'll find an old trawler, the Hemerica, which now functions as a museum to show what life was like for the people who put the fish on Concarneau's tables.
This beautifully painted blue and white train makes for the perfect sightseeing trip during your shore visit. Tour the town's main attractions at a gentle pace, and get to know more about the culture and way of life here with the help of some excellent English translations. While strolling around the town can give you a good look at some of the attractions here, taking the Celtic train could give you much more sightseeing for your time ashore in Concarneau.
Shopping in Concarneau
Concarneau's small size gives shoppers a great concentration of shopping around its centre. Here you'll find plenty of clothes boutiques, and market stalls selling delicious local seafood, meat and cheeses. The town's real wealth of shopping though lies in its sweet shops and old department stores, where you'll find yourself surrounded by overpoweringly appealing chocolates and buttery biscuits – both local specialities.
Eating Out in Concarneau
Nothing defines France like its fine dining, and you'll find plenty of elegant restaurants and eateries here which specialise in dishing up the local catch. Try the sea bream or fresh mussels, or even a freshly made pizza. Alternatively, opt for something simple yet beautifully made, like tagliatelle with an onion, mushroom and celery Breton sauce.