Doëlan Things to Do
Parking and driving to the other Bank
At busy times of the year I imagine the traffic through the village can be very busy..
There is a modest sized car park on Rive Droite - you can just see it on the left i n the first picture.
The large building in front is the back of the Cooperative Maritime - a rather nice shop entered from the carpark - selling clothing and all things to do with boats and the sea..
The Building on the right marked Cafe du Port has a somewhat run down air, and has never been open when we have been there.
To get to Rive Gauche you need to drive back up the road, passing a small hotel/ restaurant, set well back, on the right.
Follow signs to Rive Gauche and take the bridge to the other side. Parking is more limited over here. In May, early July, September and October we have usually found on road parking near the slip-way, in front of the old canning factory, almost as far as the Pink House in Picture 2.
According to articles in the local press it seems there are plans to do something about parking and traffic flow through the village
Keep eyes peeled & binoculars handy!
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 failing light of a late afternoon in October it presented a lovely silhouette on the horizon with a hint of mystery.So remain on watch - you never know what may come into view.
Want to go fishing
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.
Bar le Rive Gauche: A cafe bar with a View
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.
Bar Restaurant Le Suroit: Fish as fresh as can be!
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!
0 Hotels in Doëlan
Not too many to choose from: Shopaholics - Doelan is not for you!
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.
Fresh Fish for Sale
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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