Moëlan-sur-Mer Things to Do
The Chapel is also dedicated to Saint Roch. It stands in attractive gardens less than 300 meters from the parish church on the square in Moelan sur Mer.In the grounds there is also an ancient Fountain which appears to have onve been used as the village washery.
Originally built in the early 16th C it is a Listed Historical site. Some restauration work was recorded as early as 1599 but it was not until 1975 that it was fully restored.
Outside the main entrance stands a very worn, eroded Calvary witha similarly eroded stone carving of the Pieta.
Openining hours are limited - even between mid-June - mid Septemeber -10 -12 and 3.30 - 7. But you might be lucky, as we were, to meet a very kind local lady who holds a key and will show you around the inside.
By local I mean within 5 -10 miles of Moëlan.
We went to Carnac for the day but we actually had our very own mini Carnac across the field at the back of the garden in our borrowed holiday house.
1 Hotels in Moëlan-sur-Mer
Route de Riec sur Belon, Moelan sur Mer, Brittany, 29350, France
Good for: Families
As much as we love this area and its many Creperies, and sea food specialities this is not gourmet territory and there are few good eating places at affordable everyday prices.
Here, in 2007, behind large ornamental lace curtains is something unusual - a cafe/restaurant with minimalist furnishings and decor and a small eclectic selection of art and ceramics, serving unually good local, and classic French, dishes.
We went for the lunchtime Plat du Jour at 9 euros and were not disappointed with the delicious dish of traditional sausages served in a flavoursome hot pot.
Update October 2009. We were pleased to find the restaurant still in business, albeit with a new image.
We called in to reserve a table for the following night but were told, by the woman who we had met two years before, it was not necessary at this time of the year.
When we arrived the restaurant had few customers but we were at first told we could not be accommodated as they were fully booked. We reminded her of our attempt to book and were immediately seated!
Sea food starters were good, main courses Axoa - a basque stew for me and a braised lamb shank for John were unremarkable . Our water never arrived in spite of two repeat requests and our ordered wine was unavailable. An alternative at the same price was offered .
It was brought to the table in a decanter and turned out to be an inferior vin de table when the bottle was eventually also brought. It was the most outrageous mark-up on a bottle of wine we have experienced.
Two or three couples arrived without reservations and were seated, two more were turned away; the two remaining tables were taken by 2 separate parties of 5 and 9. About 26 covers in all.
The woman was single handed out front and coping with difficulty so service was poor.
I still do not know the meaning of the restaurant name - dictionary spelling has only gargote with one "t".
le Petit Larousse gives - Restaurant oû l'on mange a bas prix une mauvaise nourriture.
Collin's Robert gives -cheap restaurant, greasy spoon .
It is neither cheap nor greasy but on this visit provided poor service, mediocre food and appalling, overpriced , barely drinkable wine.
We were very disappointed and would hesitate to make a third visit.
Moëlan-sur-Mer Off The Beaten Path
This picturesque, little port is reached by the D216 from Moelan sur Mer.
It is very popular with boating enthusiasts and is still used by a few fishermen.
In the village of pretty flower bedecked houses there is a bar - Le Nautic and opposite to it a restaurant - the Avel Mad .
The Avel Mad was recommended to us and we had planned to have lunch there at the end of our walk to Malachappe but it was completely full - on a Thursday in mid-October.
On the steeply sloping river sides quite a large number of very attractive larger houses can be seen, some closed up as if for the winter.
Judging by the large number of parking spaces, and facilities for visiting boats that we saw along the quay I guess it gets very busy in August here.
The many creeks and inlets around the coast mean that you can walk all day for a week -or take the coast in bite-sized rambles.
One such walk is between Brigneau and Malachappe. You can drive or cycle out to Brigneau and and start from there.
Be sure to choose a really bright, clear day for best views of the coast. In May and June, even into July, the wild flowers of the coast can also be enjoyed. We last did this walk in the middle of October and the weather could not have been better.
When you reach Malachappe - which is a protected nature site a surprise awaits you in the shape of an astonishing ruin.
It is a stoutly built wall of excellent construction that looks like the facade of an ancient Vauban defence.
With its large window openings and entrances and its location on the cliff above the breakwater, and a small lighthouse beacon it must be a wonderful place for make-believe games - but we have never seen anybody there..
Perhaps a mystery I thought - something left over from the occupation?
No - just the remains of an ancient fish canning factory.
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