Brittany has long been a favourite for many families holidaying from the UK. The easy distance to this delightful part of France was never easier due to number of ferry ports that are available plus the rugged countryside reminiscent of Cornwall.
Concarneau is situated on the south-west coast between Quimper and Lorient in the Finistere départment. It’s the third largest fishing port in France as well as being a popular tourist attraction.
This walled town is one of the most photographed sights in Brittany and a walk round the ramparts provides some wonderful views. Alternatively visit the ramparts in the evening when they are illuminated. The old town “Ville Close” is on a small rocky island off the coast and only reached by a drawbridge which is one of most visited places by visitors. There is a small main street lined with shops and restaurants and picturesque paved streets and squares with a mix of half-timbered and granite medieval houses.
There are also a couple of small beaches at Concarneau itself, and several others on the coast within easy reach. The Plage des Dames and the Plage des Sables Blancs (with lifeguards in summer) are two popular beaches close to hand. If you follow the coast path from the Plage des Sables Blancs towards l'Anse-Saint-Jean you will also find quieter beaches.
The main event in Concarneau is without doubt the fish market. You need to get up early (at 6am) to witness the early morning fish auction called “La Criée” which can be a fascinating experience. There is also a fishing museum in the old town, where you can learn more of the importance of the industry to the town's history. In mid-August there is the fishermen’s festival, “La Fête des Filets Bleus”and one of the liveliest in Brittany with traditional music. There are boat trips out to the Iles de Glénan which is home to a famous sailing school and seabird sanctuaries.
Monday and Friday is market day and start early morning until midday. The indoor market is very popular with fish and seafood dominating the stalls. Fresh local produce and cheeses are also in abundance.
Lastly, a trip to Brittany could not be without its famous Breton crêpes (Galettes). They are succulent, light and crispy at the edges. They are either sweet or savoury with a variety of delicious fillings. Whole-wheat savoury crêpes are made from blé noir buckwheat flour and the sweet crêpes are made with white flour and there is almost no limit to the combinations of fillings you can use for your crêpes.
Popular savoury ingredients are: egg, ham, cheese, creamed leeks, onions, mushrooms, smoked salmon, blue Roquefort cheese with pear, or goat's cheese with runny honey.
Popular sweet ingredients are: butter and sugar, jam, chocolate spread, caramel, banana, baked apples with whipped cream, bitter chocolate with toasted almonds.
Considering a villa stay in Concarneau, a selection of holiday villas are below.
Set in a residential area just over a mile from shops and restaurants, Annick is a modern beach villa with indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi and sauna ideally situated 600 metres from the sea, along the Kersolf coast of Brittany, south of Finistère.
Brittany small beach front cottage - This cheerful property sits right on the lovely, classic Atlantic beach of Le Pouldu, walking distance of local shops and within easy reach of many renowned Brittany coastal towns and inland villages.
Set in a domain of similar properties just over a mile from shops and restaurants, Gaelle is a modern beach villa with indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi and sauna ideally situated 600 metres from the sea, along the Kersolf coast of Brittany, south of Finistère. This villa would be the ideal base from which to explore the region and enjoy many outdoor sports such as horse-riding, canoeing and sailing, all available nearby.
France beach holiday home - Just 100 metres from the beach, with direct access, this house is ideal for an easygoing family holiday and perfectly situated for exploring Brittany's coastal towns and inland villages.
Situated in a domain of similar properties just over a mile from shops and restaurants, Katell is a spacious beach villa with indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi and sauna. Plage de l'Ile Percée is only 300 metres away and from the first floor of this villa you can enjoy lovely sea views. This simply furnished, comfortable holiday home is the ideal base from which to explore the beautiful southern coast of Brittany, known as the 'Cote Cornouaille' for its striking resemblance to our own Cornish coast.