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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The old city is called "la ville close", the closed city, because of its ramparts. Dont know anything about the history of the place, nor good insider tips. Just spent one hour there before coming back to Nantes, but an hour is enough to say this place is marvellous. Best is to check the picture outside/inside the closed city, and the beautiful harbour next to it.
inside the ville close or fortified city, the nice church of Saint Guénolé, built in 1830. It was partially destroyed in 1937, and now only remains the facade and the base of the belltower.