Finistère and Quimper in Brittany

Reefs, islands, mists, shallows, rugged cliffs…
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Welcome to a land of extremes, Brittany's "finis terræ" (latin for the "end of the earth")! Historian Jules Michelet described the coasts of Finistère as the furthest reaches, the tip, the prow of the Old World". Reefs, islands, mists, shallows, rugged cliffs…


La Cornouaille

The capital of La Cornouaille is peerlessly charming. Its resplendent Saint-Corentin Cathedral is a masterpiece of Breton Gothic architecture. And the little streets of its old town form an ideal backdrop for a stroll into another world, taking in the little shops and stopping off for a gourmet treat at the Les Macarons de Philomène tearooms. (Les Macarons de Philomène, 13, rue Kéréon)

 

 


An invigorating stop

Set off against wind and tide to visit the legendary Tévennec lighthouses or the terrifyingly spectacular Ar Men. This grandiose theatrical display of granite, bathed in the spray from the Iroise sea, offers one of the world's most beautiful panoramic views! Children can discover the local flora and fauna on the "Sentier des Lutins" (Maison de la Pointe-du-Raz, walk lasts 1.5 hours, children aged 6 to 12, €8.)

 

 


Stroll away from it all

The alleyways of the old town lead down to the ports and many beaches that stretch along the town's coastline. Stop off for lunch at the Bigorneau Amoureux restaurant. This strangely named place (which translates as winkles in love) commands a magnificent view over the deep waters of the bay. For dessert head to the Biscuiterie de Douarnenez and discover how to make the local speciality, the Kouign-amann. (Le Bigorneau Amoureux, 2 bd Richepin)

 

Tip: visit Douardenez at the end of July for the "fête des vieux gréements" (ancient rigging festival). Over the past 20 years, some 800 ancient tall ships have been calling in at Port-Rhu: 5 days of festivities with get-togethers, exhibitions and trips out to sea!

 

 


Cut off from the world

Travel through the rocky spurs of the Crozon peninsula and experience the unforgettable feeling of having reached the ends of the earth… An evening of concerts at the Relais des Pêcheurs in Morgat will gently lull you back to civilisation.
(Concerts at the Relais des Pêcheurs, 22 quai Kador, Morgat)

 

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