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Go and visit Concarneau!
A renowned seaside resort, Concarneau is the ideal place for a stay on the oceanfront!
In the Middle Ages, the Isle of Conq belonged to the parish of Beuzec.
The monks of Landevennec possessed properties and kept a ferryboat which provided a link to the town and road of Quimperlé, until the 18th century.
During the late 16th century, the last military movement took place on the Place de Concarneau among the rubble, during the wars of religion.
In the 17th century, Concarneau was a royal town.
For lack of means, few works were undertaken by Vauban’s engineers on the fortress, such as repairs on the drawbridge or the re-digging of the moat.
Fishing and shopping port
Since the beginning, Concorneau has owed its economic growth to the sea.
From the 17th century, soldiers and magistrates began to move away from Ville-Close to settle into manors in surrounding parishes.
They made way for merchants, whose business relations would go on to develop with areas from Scandinavia to the Basque Country and Languedoc.
They brought in Norwegian wood and roe, salt from Guérande, wines and brandy from Charente and Bordeaux and in exchange offered pressed sardines and grain.
Dive into the universe of fishing and discover a one-of-a-kind museum.
An early instigator of the Marine Heritage collection, the Museum of Fishing, designated as a ‘Musée de France’, offers a diverse collection of boats, everyday objects and models which allow you to discover and learn about a major economic activity in the Cornouaille territory.
A jewel of the collection, the ‘Hémérica’ is moored at the museum’s quay.
A visit to this boat, which underwent a large scale restoration programme in 2014, is a dive into the everyday life of sailors, from the living quarters to the gangway or the fish hold.
Originally built in the 13th century, the manor was redesigned by the diocesan architect Joseph Bigot at the end of the 19th century on behalf of Princess Zénaïde Narischkine, aunt of Tsar Nicholas II.
She paid for the construction of a superb Neogothic building, for her husband, Count Charles de Chauveau.
During the 20th century, the château had numerous owners, one of which was the Princess’ great-grandson, Prince Felix Youssoupov (famous for being the assassin of Rasputin).
A town of art, brimming with history and surprises, ‘Au fil de la ville’ is a collection of tours across the different districts, organised for a more complete exploration of Concarneau.
The town centre, the seafront, the Ville Close and the Passage district are marked out by informative signs giving historical information about the sites, monuments and town planning.
This magnificent location invites you to discover the biodiversity of different oceans.
In an entirely renovated setting, the Marinarium has picked out some remarkable aspects of marine life for its aquariums, with tanks containing 120,000 litres of water in all, as well as image and video walls.
Its exhibition is dedicated to the importance of oceans and their extraordinary diversity, the plankton universe, the immense richness of the coast, and the protection and management of marine resources.
There is a space dedicated to temporary exhibitions which are on show each year.