Concarneau Things to Do

  • Marinarium at concarneau
    Marinarium at concarneau
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    clock tower of ville close fortress
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  • the fortress across the bay
    the fortress across the bay
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    walled city or ville close -interior

    by gwened Written Jan 20, 2013
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    walled city or ville close,fortress walls nicely done, a must see in the area
    the ville close, or fortified city ,only 380 meters on its longest stretch and 100 meters on it average widest point.

    Inside you can see the cannons from the ship Venus now on displayed, get up on the tour du gouvernor, The belltower or Beffroi done in 1906 on the old guard post lookout, that can be seen from outside and nice quaint from the inside, and of course the ramparts, (this time close due to the windy weather Jan 2013).
    See the granite houses along rue Vauban, very nice architectural insight into the area and its inhabitants.

    Its a nice place to be anytime like going back in time with all the modern conveniences !!)

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    the walled city or ville close-exterior

    by gwened Updated Jan 20, 2013
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    walled city or ville close,fortress walls nicely done, a must see in the area
    the ville close, or fortified city ,only 380 meters on its longest stretch and 100 meters on it average widest point.

    Inside you can see the cannons from the ship Venus now on displayed, get up on the tour du gouvernor, The belltower or Beffroi done in 1906 on the old guard post lookout, that can be seen from outside and nice quaint from the inside, and of course the ramparts, (this time close due to the windy weather Jan 2013).
    See the granite houses along rue Vauban, very nice architectural insight into the area and its inhabitants.

    Its a nice place to be anytime like going back in time with all the modern conveniences !!)

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    fishing museum or musée de la pêche

    by gwened Written Jan 20, 2013
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    a wonderful museum with the history of fishing ,canning and boating in the area that was and still is very important.The whole thing started in 1961 when an association was created to maintained the trade known to all.

    you will have a very good understanding of fisherman life and the economic importance to the area, very educational and historical place, a must to visit. Good for the entire family, in winter is close, but do come back.

    the museum is open from april to october every day from 10h to 12h30 and 14h to 18H
    April to June, September from 10h to 18h
    July and August from 9h to 19h
    admission is 4,50€
    It has a very nice boutique inside with plenty of nice things.

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    chapelle de l'Hôpital de la Trinité

    by gwened Written Jan 20, 2013
    front door chapel de l'hopital trinit�� and saint.
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    done in the 15C. Concarneau had a chapel hospital. It was dedicated to the holy trinity. Its two halls could welcome several sick men and women. The halls gave direct access to the chapel, and from their bed could do their daily routines, it was to care for the homeless ,however by the 19C the hospital was in ruins. Only remained the wooden door facing rue Vauban. We can today admire the door in pillars and cap in stones and on top the blason or idenity shields of the founding lords. To the right of the door, there is a modest statue of St Guénolé done in 1954.

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    the beaches of concarneau

    by gwened Written Jan 20, 2013
    rue des sables blancs and wide beach
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    nice beaches here even if when I have visited its been the winter. There are several here such as Plage de la Cornouaille, Gréve de kernous, des dames, Rôdel,porzou,and the best sables blancs.
    where you have a wonderful hotel of same name that not stay yet but looks quaint and nice enticing to try it right on the beach
    http://www.hotel-les-sables-blancs.com/fr/index.php

    as well as a nice camping ground with nice mobile homes for rent for the whole family.
    http://www.camping-lessablesblancs.com/Default/30-les-alentours/307-les-sables-blancs-a-concarneau.html

    a bit south at Cabellou you can have a nice beach and camping grounds such as
    http://www.le-cabellou-plage.com/
    It is ready for folks with impaired mobility and there is a sandy road to the lookout of along the coast of Saint-Jean and Saint-Laurent.

    It is a nice place in summer months to give a try. The views over the city of Concarneau and the harbor are sublime even in winter.

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    Marinarium

    by gwened Written May 14, 2012

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    Marinarium at concarneau

    This is a biological marine station and inside a museum of natural history of the region , a wonderful place right next to the bay , another wonderful place to see in town

    general admission is five euros and times are
    Feb 01 to Mar 31 : 14 h - 18 h
    Apr 01 to June 30: 10 h - 12 h et 14 h - 18 h
    july 01 to August 31 10h - 19 h
    September 01 to sept 30 : 10 h-12 h et 14 h- 18 h
    October 01 to December 31 : 14 h - 18 h
    closed in January

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    Walk the ramparts

    by ranger49 Updated Oct 24, 2009

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    Walking the ramparts provides an excellent way to get an overview of the old citadelle with great views around the town and the harbour.
    It is a relatively easy walk with some steep steps and uneven ground in parts with a few unprotected "drops" where Health and Safety have not yet intervened.
    We saw familes with young children and a push chair. So with care and determination it should be accessible to most visitors. The full circuit can be done in two separate sections.
    There was no charge but I understand that a small charge is made in high season - perhaps partly to control the numbers of visitors walking the ramparts at the same time.

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    Flowers in the Fortress

    by ranger49 Written Oct 23, 2009

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    Ville Clos the old city of Concarneau is some times referred to as a Ville Fleurie.
    Colour and fortresses do not always go hand in hand but here, on an October day, there was enough to justify the name.
    Starting with the colourful display of flags above the ramparts, wall baskets along the entrance and in the inner courtyard flowers can be seen throughout your tour of the town.

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    Occasional free concerts

    by ranger49 Written Oct 23, 2009

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    There is an large open space in the old town at the end of the main street , just before you get to the ferry stage, that is available to community groups for public performances and meetings.
    On a cold and rainy day in May 2006 we had forgotten that it was the 8th - what in the UK was known as V.E. Day but in France is Victory Day, a Public Holiday commemorating the end of the war in Europe in 1945.

    It was being used by the local branch of a world peace organisation who were putting on a concert whilst circulating a Petition for signature and information about the organisation. They bravely carried on in spite of some heavy showers and gave a cracking performance - particularly the female vocalist.

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    The Way to the Gallows

    by ranger49 Written Oct 23, 2009

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    As you walk around the old town don't hesitate to take a look in to any opening in the walls.
    It may lead to nothing more than a landing stage or outlet. or to something more interesting

    On one visit we followed our ears when we heard music -Beatles music with vocal accompaniment and amplification. We turned a corner and found ourselves in an open air theatre where a group was starting to set up and rehearse for one of the free concert held occasionally in this space.

    This time there was no concert but at the side of the empty stage I spotted steps descending to - where?

    The information Board tells us that this gate-way was built into the walls in the 15th C. Larrons is an old French word for Thieves.
    It was down these steps and from the quay below that convicted criminals were transported in small boats across the Bay to the waiting Gallows.

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    Museum of Fishing

    by ranger49 Written Oct 22, 2009

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    The Museum is located in a building that has served as a barracks and an arsenal,and as a fishing school.
    We did not visit it again on our last visit having spent a long time inside before. But it is well worth a visit.
    As well as small craft you can see there films and models, exhibitions, demonstrations and everything to do with the perilous nature of fishing.The visit lasts at least an hour. Temporary art and photographic exhibitions of subjects related to the sea and fishing are also shown in the museum.

    From our walk around the ramparts we had a bird's eye view of the old trawler Hémérica which is anchored on the quay at the back of the Museum. It is accessed from a gang plank from the museum and across the quay.
    Visits can be made to the hold and the wheel house, the captain's quarters and storeroom.

    Having seen from the ramparts above the rotting timbers of the deck, I was not surprised that taking a turn on deck is not included in the tour!

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    Consider Walking the Ramparts

    by hquittner Updated Aug 26, 2007
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    We did not take the time to walk the ramparts. We have walked the walls of St. Malo and Rothenburg more than once as well as Avila and other defensive walls and since we had further to go and more to see that day, we passed it by. However if you have never done this (or have a vigorous yougster in tow) it is fun. The walls are 14C refurbished, with many piercings through which you cango to the docksides. They make nice photo ops. The isolating and enclosing phenomen is memorable.

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    Walk the Town

    by hquittner Written Aug 26, 2007

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    The Ville Close from the Parking
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    The "Ville Close" is approached over a bridge which dumps you into the mainstreet. Since it was offseason and Sunday it was not overcrowded. The sturdy old houses were in good repair since they were primarily of stone which is abundant in the area. There a small museum and exhibit that we did not go to. Walking around and going to the water edge was all we did. The trinkets did not attract us.

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    Look at the Waterfronts of the Port

    by hquittner Written Aug 26, 2007
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    You park at the Quay before the rampart-enclosed old town. It sequesters an inner port populated by trawlers and pleasure boats. There are more in the larger port. At various points in the town, alleys lead to openings (gates) in the walls through which you can go out and see the port at close hand.

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    The bay of Concarneau

    by chess_machine Written Oct 10, 2005

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    Cap Coz
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    Had a quick view of the bay, but have seen some very beautiful beaches and places. Here are two of the places I have been to and find really interesting: Cap Coz, wonderful beach, from where you can take a coastal path, and Beg Meil, also a great beach. Thing is I took Cap Coz pictures on Saturday, when the weather was alright, and Beg Meil ones on Sunday, when the weather was great, so you will probably find these ones better. Though, both places are very beautiful.

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