Concarneau Travel Guide

  • Pl 8 mai 1945
    Pl 8 mai 1945
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    marine sailors training center
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  • ville close surrounded by granite stones walls
    ville close surrounded by granite stones...
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Concarneau Things to Do

  • walled city or ville close -interior

    walled city or ville close,fortress walls nicely done, a must see in the areathe 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...

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  • the walled city or ville close-exterior

    walled city or ville close,fortress walls nicely done, a must see in the areathe 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...

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  • fishing museum or musée de la pêche

    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...

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  • church of Saint Guénolé

    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.

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  • chapelle de l'Hôpital de la Trinité

    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...

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  • the beaches of concarneau

    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...

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  • Marinarium

    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 towngeneral admission is five euros and times areFeb 01 to Mar 31 : 14 h - 18 hApr 01 to June 30: 10 h - 12 h et 14 h - 18 hjuly 01 to August 31 10h - 19 hSeptember 01 to sept 30 : 10...

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  • Walk the ramparts

    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...

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  • Flowers in the Fortress

    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...

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  • Occasional free concerts

    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...

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  • The Way to the Gallows

    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 interestingOn 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...

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  • Museum of Fishing

    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...

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  • Consider Walking the Ramparts

    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...

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  • Walk the Town

    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...

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  • Look at the Waterfronts of the Port

    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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Concarneau Hotels

Concarneau Restaurants

  • seafood goood and view classique

    very French seafood place the one you will love as I do. Very modern clean with terrace and two floors, nice colors white black and red, top floor great view over the harbor and ville close or walled city in front. Plenty of parking right out front in pl du 8 mai 1945There is a pleasant modern salle or room in the street level and a nice with great...

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  • traditional French

    very nice restaurant with warm service and welcome. you have it all here, from seafood to meats,and salads and pizzas, the whole range of choices. The place is great over looking the place du mai 8 1945 and the ville close across the parking lot.The terrace in summer is the place to be in town. You have great events done here from the Euro Football...

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  • pizzas anyone with a view

    These are great pizzas with a great view of the place du 8 mai 1945 and the ville close or fortified city across. The views are great but the pizzas are very well made and deliciousYou have very good price menus from 6,50€ and up, and good friendly service. It is a good spot for lunch or light snacks while in town.Its great with the family. pizzas...

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Concarneau Transportation

  • How to get here

    by bus with an all day pass of 5,70€, Bus company now change to coraliehttp://www.coralie-cca.fr/and the all department 29 Finistére transport hub to guide you aroundhttp://www.viaoo29.fr/by train from Paris montparnasse change at Rosporden or Quimper, TGV servicewww.voyages-sncf.comthen of course there is the car, lol!!! voie express for free N165...

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  • On foot and by ferry boat

    If you are visiting the old city the central area in front of the entrance and around the market place is adjacent to ample parking from which exploration on foot is very easy. The old city is compact and pedestrianised but you could take a very short ferry across the bay to have a wander on the other side. And view the city from the water.

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  • Easy Parking

    There was easy parking at the quay about 50 yds from the"Ville Close" and no difficulty getting to the waterside from the road into town. There was no parking charge at that time. That was on a Sunday long ago and the rising tide of tourismmay affect the ease of accomodation and lack of fee.

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Concarneau Shopping

  • chocolates and caramels breton

    the town is like it is, gourmand and richly decorated with chocolates, caramels, breton cakes and kouignettes of all flavors and shapes. The store is like a grand department store full of stock of all sorts,friendly service, great products same as in all Larnicol stores.If you want to take something from Brittany and not buy it in Paris, come here...

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  • Breton cookies and canning

    This is my favorite store for all breton cooking,fish canning, and decorations for the house, the stores are always full to the max,and nice friendly service. The one here is no exception, in plus, it is inside the ville close or fortified city of Concarneau. Very unique.if you want a real souvenir of Brittany do come here, we like especially the...

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  • groceries and al

    This is the huge hypermarché or hypermarket leclerc just outside concarneau on the road D783 towards Pont Aven,and Lorient,Vannes, etc. connect with N165.The place is huge indeed with all you need for the house, bedding, electronics, garden, household items,and groceries with a huge choice.So if passing by and need to pick up something for the...

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Concarneau Off The Beaten Path

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    by gwened Written Jan 20, 2013

    right in a nice area away from main tourist walkways you have this building now evacuated and on next to it they have built a new presbytére church much more modern done in 1996. Unique to see the old and the new next to each other.
    you see it at rue Turenne up from parking by tourist office, cross the street and get up on the narrow ruelle up to rue Turenne.

    colonnades of old church park the entrance belltower of old church the new church with glass next to it
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    by gwened Written Jan 20, 2013

    Favorite thing: It is wonderful to walk here, so much to see ,my first time here didn't even entered here, then came back to see and now third time was able to take more photos.

    Walking this walled city is going back in history and get to know more about this wonderful city of Concarneau in the dept 29 Finistére region of Brittany. Here in the dept where the breton language is most spoken of all the others.

    This old stone fortified ‘town’ has just a few narrow streets filled with shops and restaurants, where geraniums tumble from window boxes. Take a walk around the ramparts for spectacular views over the area.

    Fondest memory: walking inside the ville close in winter whre the place is all yours like it is your own park!

    place du petit chateau pl du petit chateau and fountain rue Vauban all mine!
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