Camaret-sur-Mer Travel Guide

  • The bay and cliffs of Camaret sur Mer
    The bay and cliffs of Camaret sur Mer
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Camaret-sur-Mer Highlights

  • Pro
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     Safe harbour, great walks and plenty to see and do. 

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     None that affected me. 

  • In a nutshell
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     An ideal place for people of all ages and interests. 

Camaret-sur-Mer Things to Do

  • cliffs of Pen Hir

    wonderful natural setting looking at the wild ocean from high up in magnificent cliffs,and surrounded by beautiful monuments.You will be in heavens here, a must to visit, just a pictorial

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  • Atlantic wall memorials

    It is here that at liberation day from WWII, a huge hill was chosen to built a cross of Lorraine in granite dedicated to the Bretons who fought for a Free France. The Général De Gaulle came here to open the tower on July 15 , 1951. This was part of the atlantic wall of WWII and those who fought it are well remembered here.The views are magnificent,...

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  • megalith stones of Lagatjar

    the alignments or megaliths stones of the area of LAGATJAR; it had about 600 stones in 1776 from about 2500 BC, and were reduce to 80 today similar to those at Carnac . In 1883 they were declare national monument for its protection.

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  • Chapel of Notre Dame de Rocamadour

    the chapel church of Notre Dame de Rocamadour was built between 1610 and 1683 with yellow stones of Logonna. We can see inscriptions that tell us that a previous chapel was built in 1527. Older documents tells us a chapel was done in 1373 ,and even back to 1183 ,date in which the chapel in honor of Notre Dame de Rocamadour was built. Each first...

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  • Tour Vauban

    Tour Vauban done by Vauban and received its baptismal of fire on June 16 1694it is part of the Vauban fortifications to protect the harbors of France. It is open for visits in abril, may,june,september and october from tuesdays to sundays from 14-17h and july august from 10h-12h to 14h to 18hadmission is 3€ adults. free for under 12The 11 canons...

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  • Tour around the promontory - Toulinguet

    la Pointe du Toulinguet is easily and quickly reached from the road going west out of Camaret and makes a good starting point for a small tour down to Pointe de Penhir and takes you past several other points of interest on this westerly promontory on the Crozon peninsula. The Pointe du Toulinguet is the location of a French Naval Station and...

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  • Sad ending of a Poet's Life

    The French poet Saint-Pol-Roux (1861 - 1940) is little known outside France and his work has only comparatively recently been translated into English . Born in Marseille, whilst still a young man he went to Paris, intending to write. He soon moved in literary circle and became acquainted with Stéphane Mallarmé who he greatly admired. His own...

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  • Visit La Chapelle de...

    Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Rocamadour this little Chapel stands at the end of the Sillon Quay close to La Tour Vauban. It traces its beginnings and its name back to the time when Pilgims, travelling from the north en route to pray before la Vierge noire de Rocamadour at Quercy in the Lot, landed on the quay before continuing their journey overland. The...

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  • Exhibition space in La Chapelle

    The first picture shows along the side wall the various displays in Da Vinci Code Exhibition which was showing in June 2007.Elsewhere the simple themes of the church can be seen in the suspended fishing boats, delicate carvings together with the warm colours of the stone work - said the be the effect of smoke from the 1910 fire on the local...

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  • La Chapelle ( Interior)

    Light and Grace, Charm and Simplicity sum up the interior of this old chapel which is still a place of regular worship, prayer and meditation.Used also as accentre of education and learning - secular and religious history - including the current exhibition (June 2008) regarding the myths, theories, beliefs and facts surrounding the Da Vinci Code,...

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  • Forgotten Heroes- Battle of the Atlantic

    This Museum, housed in an old look-out bunker displays a large collection of contemporaneous documents, artefacts , armaments and models to tell the story of the vital part played by the sailors of the Merchant Navy in the Battle of the Atlantic in which the loss of men and shipping was astronomical.These brave people underwent not only the danger...

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  • The Beaches

    Some of the best beaches, views and coastal scenery can be seen around the Pointe de Penhir. Close to Camaret we liked best the beaches to the east of the town specially when accompanied by grandchildrenwith buckets and spades. The Plage de Ttrez Rouz was a favourite for the building of damns.It's a good idea to take your binoculars for the best...

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  • Memorial- Bretons of Free French Forces

    The Huge Granite Lorraine Cross erected as a memorial to the Breton members of the Free French Forces in WW2 dominates the skyline where it stands almost on the edge of the cliff.The role played by these men and women, many of whom lost their lives in firing squads or Nazi concentration camps, was important throughout the years of occupation, and...

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  • The Menhirs at Lagatjar

    These Standing Stones do not compare with the vast collection at Carnac but nevertheless provide evidence that this wind swept, westerly point was inhabited over 5000 years ago.The Information Plaque says that a 1776 inventory of the site recorded 600 stones; by 1883 when the site was classified as an Ancient Monument, only a few more than 100...

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  • Look out for Toffs!

    We had been told that Le Langioustier was the place to go for a good sea food lunch - it was, we were told where the locals go.But what was this - it looked very full - and what important people could have arrived in this vintage vehicle?It was not though, we noticed, environmentally friendly. At least the owners had the good grace to bring their...

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  • La Tour Vauban

    I am not sure whether Vauban, the military engineer and architect of Louis xiv,is following me or I am following him but he certainly seems to pop up wherever I am in France!When you approach Camaret from Crozon one of the first things to catch your eye as the harbour comes into view will be the Tower built by Vauban at the end of the Sillon...

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  • Standing stones

    Just next to the house of Saint Pol Roux, between Camaret and Pen-Hir, is a small alignment of standing stones. It is nowhere as impressive as the larger ones like Carnac but the overall setting at the very end of the peninsula makes it special.

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  • Poet's inspiration

    Further West of Camaret is only Pen-Hir point. On the way there you can see the ruins of the house of late French poet Saint Pol Roux. The house was destroyed by a fire and has stayed there since then, as a reminder of the inspiration that French writers and poets have found in this most beautiful of landscapes.

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Camaret-sur-Mer Restaurants

  • Avoid This One!

    Upn arrival, we had dinner in this restaurant and gathered the following experince:1. Unfriendly services!2. No free water until we ordered other beverages!3. Mixed up Starters and Main Course, which made 3 people watch me eat while waiting for their orders - for more than half an hour!4. It took ages for our orders to come! Over an hour waiting...

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  • Fresh Seafood & Grilled Steaks & Best...

    The first impression was that this Café Brasserie Restaurant is solely organized. All guys working here are funny, witty and the friendliest we have ever encounter. They speak only a little English and a little German but with humor and charm!After my family discovered this restaurant, we kept coming back because it was just FUN dining there.Their...

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Camaret-sur-Mer Transportation

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    driving into town by the harbor

    by gwened Updated Nov 7, 2012

    you can come by train to Crozon and then taxi or bus here
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    by bus from Brest or Quimper
    http://www.viaoo29.fr/
    by boat from Brest/le Fret from april to october.
    http://www.brittany-ferries.fr/
    nearby airport at Brest
    http://www.brest.aeroport.fr/

    and of course best by car on the N165 get off at Crozon exit and follow the D791 direction Crozon
    www.viamichelin.com
    plenty of parking by city center or along the sea at tour Vauban and chapel of Notre Dame de Rocamadour

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Camaret-sur-Mer Warnings and Dangers

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    by ranger49 Written Jul 6, 2008

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    During the few days we had before the younger members of the family arrived we scouted around looking for the best family beaches.
    I clambered up and down grassy slopes and coastal paths several times only to find warnings about sudden changes of currents and strong tides that made swimming dangerous and therefore "Interdit".
    Others were forbidden bedause of recent cliff falls.

    Some of these beaches were obviously very popular with local surfers and canoeists but we decided not to take the risk!
    Look out for the warning signs - they may be lying face down in the dunes in some areas.

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Camaret-sur-Mer Off The Beaten Path

  • Beach at Pen Had

    Between the pointe du Toulinguet,and the cliffs of Pen-Hir,the dunes ,and the beach of Pen-Had offering a beautiful panorama over the ocean.At high tide, you have a view over to the rock of Lion, it is a huge rock looking like a long carpet on the ground all the way out to sea. It is ideal for the lazy beach goers to spent some time and the sun...

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  • Discover Traditional Archery - Go...

    Long before the advent of 3-D targets and laser range finders, bow hunters honed their archery skills in much simpler ways. For the most part, they'd loose arrows at target butts from predetermined ranges. But, if they were really serious about improving their field skills, they would string their favorite hunting bow, grab a quiver, and go roving....

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    Old wooden hull

    by bzh Updated Mar 16, 2003

    Favorite thing: The inside of the jetty enclosing the harbour is a boat cemetery where old hulls that cannot sail anymore are left to fall to pieces. Boats are born, live and die here and you can witness all stages of their life in the harbour, from the shipping yard to the cemetery.

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