Here comes finally the first part of my mini travel guide about Southern Finistere in Brittany : must-sees and favs, etc…
Last year we spent holidays in pays d’Iroise and this year again, we wanted to keep on exploring this beautiful department. South Finistere is a wild part of Brittany, where there is a lot to see, but you can also choose to do nothing but contemplate nature in its raw state and soak up this very special atmosphere. As we spent 2 weeks there and as there are a lot to do, I split my guide into 2 parts ; in this very first I’ll talk about Douarnenez region and cap-sizun.
South Finistere : Douarnenez
If the city of Douarnenez itself isn’t in my opinion a must-see, I advise you very strongly to visit the Port-Musée, and particularly if you travel with children ! This museum, apparently unique in France, has been created thanks to volunteers who traveled across Europe to collect work boats before they disappeared. About 40 boats are to be seen in the large premises of an old cannery where you also learn more about sailors and port life and other things; at the dock, you can visit 4 work boats like a tug or a coaster. Really unique !
You may don’t know it, but the famous Kouign-Amann, was born in Douarnenez around 1860. So if like me you really love this cake, you should find excellent ones in the region…
Locronan : yes, the very turistic city is worth the detour ! If like us you are there during the high season, unless you like it crowdy, I advise you to arrive around 10 am or earlier, you will have enough time to discover it more quietly.
You shouldn’t live Locronan without a stop at Le Guillou bakery : taste the Kouign-Amann and its apple variant : soooo good ! We also bought good things there for a nice pic-nic on the beach right after Locronan visit.
As far as beaches are concerned, I have to say that we didn’t find stunning beaches like we did in Pays d’Iroise. The only one I really loved was Pors Péron beach.
South Finistere: cap Sizun
When the weather is sunny, you should go to the réserve naturelle du cap-sizun : a beautiful path along cliffs, wonderful landscapes, perfect to watch birds. We were very surprised to be absolutely alone there. There are far fewer people than on the coastal path !
Unmissable : the pointe du Raz has changed a little bit since I discovered it 30 years ago ! It has become very turistic, with paid parking (to protect the site), but you have to see this mythic place ! We preferred to go there at sunset, it’s much quieter, and the ride back at night is very special.
Besides, you should go see la Baie des Trépassés nearby at sunset : simply magic…
Cap Sizun – Douarnenez : a few good places
Crêperie An-Teuzar : a good address in Audierne : don’t forget to book during high season !
La Cotriade fish shop in Audierne : kind people and a good place for seafood, oysters and langoustines that you order for the next day.
I also heard good things about la Caravane Bleue in Audierne which is a kind of guinguette, but we didn’t have the time to go there.
And also la crêperie du cap in Plogoff (close to la Pointe du Raz) : a good address for good crepes ! Our kids also enjoyed the small garden and the swing, which allowed us to sip our cider quietly…
Douarnenez – Cap Sizun : to do also !
You can’t see / do everything in 15 days, so here are 2 beautiful places that we hope to see during a next trip : Sein Island and la Pointe du Van
Stay tuned for the second part of this trip in southern Finistère….