Doëlan Things to Do
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If you enjoy fishing ,or are a novice but fancy a boat ride and fishing trip, you can take one from Rive Droite in the Harbour.
Near the Port Office look out for the distinctive bright yellow board with details of Promenades en Mer.
I overheard a young couple - honeymooners I suspected - ringing to book a fishing trip after seeing the board in front of the Port Office. The husband was not all that keen - I hope they had a smooth sea.
A small fish market sells the catch of the day on almost every day of the week. It's a laid back affair but if you are in the area and self-catering worth visiting. It has always been mid- to late afternoon when we have been there - but the time may shift with the tides.
Needless to say the fish is as fresh as can be. We have not always been able to recognise the fish caught and sold there but have enjoyed taking it home and cooking it.
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All kinds of unusual vessels may be seen sailing the waters around this coast so it pays to be on the look-out. When we noticed a small group of people peering out to sea near the harbour wall we joined them and saw the object of their attention even with the naked eye. Binoculars revealed what John, and the locals, decided it was a three-masted barque in full sail.
In the falling light of a late afternoon in October it presented a lovely silhouette on the horizon with a hint of mystery.So remin on watch - you never know what may come into view.
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Another great harbourside place to stop - whether for coffee, a glass of local cider or beer.
Good fresh fish dishes are served according to the season and the catch.
The View from this place is one of the most idyllic so I was glad to hear that proposals made by the owner to erect an architecturally prosaic, covered "terrace" right at the edge of the harbour, completely blocking the view were not being met with local approval or support.
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In a perfect location on the harbourside, it is particularly pleasant to sit outside on a nice day soaking up the atmosphere and enjoyinf the view over to the Right Bank and the red and white light house.
We love the moules here and as we have only been there outside the main August holiday period and it has never been too busy. I did see a note that reservations are recommended for evenings. In low season too as well to ring to check opening times beforehand.
Favorite Dish: Moules frites - all varieties of sauce!
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Apart fom the Cooperative Maritime near the car park on the Rive Droite, the daily fish market, and a gallery or two in the main street, this is not a shopaholics paradise! Thankfully I am not a real shopper!
But for self caterers - do not fear .
Clohars Carnoet, Moelan sur Mer, Guidel and Quimperlé can supply all your needs. Very good markets at Guidel (Sunday) and Moelan ( Wednesday) There are supermarkets in all of these close by communities and - if you prefer small shops - plenty of boulangeries, boucheries, charcuterie and epicerie that make shopping in France so enjoyable.
This daily fish market in the port is one of the nicest, laid back little markets.
Opening hours are posted as 3- 5 pm ( according to season and weather) and we have found some lee-way at both ends!
In the many times we have gone down to the port we have never actually made it for the "Opening" time when the boats come home and the catch is displayed.
We have bought stuff we had never seen before, did not know what it was called, how to cook or what to eat it with - you have to use your imagination, remember your basic culinary knowledge/skills and set to work.
It is an essential element of a trip to the shores of Brittany!
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