Bénodet, now a renowned seaside resort on the coast of Cornouaille, has always been a place renowned for its geographical interest as a mouth of the Odet. Its name came from its situation, meaning “head of the Odet” in Breton.
Discover beautiful beaches: Saint-Gilles, Trez and Letty. Very nice walks along the cornice decorated with old buildings rich in history, such as the Minaret and the two lighthouses of Benodet (the cock and the Pyramid), very old churches: St Thomas, and the Chapel of Perguet.
Benodet Tourist Office – 29 avenue de la mer
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Benodet Tourist Office
Go up the river to reach Quimper, the capital of Cornouaille. Classified as a city of Art and History, Quimper has many wonders to share. Explore the medieval city with its half-timbered houses from the 16th and 17th centuries, discover the Saint Corentin cathedral, a jewel of Breton gothic art, 19th century flowerbeds, museums, the Locmaria district and its famous Henriot-Quimper faience factory.
Just cross the Cornouaille bridge from Bénodet to discover the Bigouden County and its capital: Pont-l’Abbé. A land of character and traditions, famous for its 36 cm high curl headdress.
The Bigouden County offers a verdant rolling countryside. Land of fishermen, the four ports of the Bigouden County, Saint-Guénolé-Penmarc’h, Le Guilvinec, Lesconil and Loctudy come alive every day with a curious ritual. Around 6 o’clock in the morning when the deep-sea fishing is landed, and then around 17 o’clock for the return of the inshore fishing vessels: sale under the auction. Possibility of embarking on a trawler from Le Guilvinec.
Pont-l’Abbé – Lesconil Tourist Office
Strolling along the coast, you will be amazed at the power of nature and you will be amazed at the beauty and authenticity of the landscapes.
Sliding sports lovers will not miss the mythical Spot of La Torche. In the heart of the Bigouden County, La Pointe de La Torche is an impressive natural peninsula. Beaten by the winds, it is a spot known to surfing lovers and hikers who come to discover its megalithic sites. Go there in spring, the tip is covered with multicolored tulips.
Plomeur Tourist Office
Pointe du raz 1h 02min
Only an hour drive from Bénodet, the peninsula of Cap-Sizun offers a concentrate of Brittany on a wild and preserved territory. You will encounter white sand beaches on the south coast, spectacular viewpoints over the Iroise Sea and Sein Island from La Pointe du Raz and du Van… but also, raw and preserved cliffs on the north coast, vestiges of the megalithic golden age, and finally, stone lace chapels, calvaries and churches.
Your excursion in Cap-Sizun will remain as one of the most beautiful moments of your vacation!
Audierne Tourist Office
Difficult not to make a detour by Concarneau and its magnificent and famous walled city. Only 25 km from Bénodet, one of the most beautiful bays of Brittany will offer you unforgettable views, to discover since the fortifications of the 14th century, the round paths and the the alleys of the heart of Concarneau.
City of art and history, Concarneau organizes the Blue Fillets Festival every year, the 3rd weekend of August!
Concarneau Tourist Office
Only 35 km away from Benodet, discover the famous small town of Pont-Aven with its galleries of artists, bridges, wash house and mills.
Pont-Aven Tourist Office
Classified as Historic Monuments since 1924, Locronan is member of the association of “Most Beautiful Villages of France” and is labeled “Small City of Character of Brittany”. All of the houses dating from the 15th century to the 18th century, make Locronan an exceptional venue. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the town square housed the hotel of the Compagnie des Indes, the Bureau des Toiles (office of canvases), the rich merchants of canvases … The charm of this little city, combined with the tourist interest it attracts, attracted Many artists and artisans. At the corner of a street or a square, they invite you to discover their universe in a workshop or gallery.
Presqu’île de Crozon 1h 07min
For 120 km long of coast, the Crozon Peninsula counts an extraordinary palette of landscapes, from steep cliffs to sandy beaches but also to secret creeks, majestic peaks and capes, abers and estuaries, rivers with woody shores. The GR 34 and the many other existing trails are the best way to discover the nature and heritage of the Crozon peninsula.
Every year, the highly-anticipated Festival du Bout du Monde is held here!
Crozon Tourist Office
Brest 1h 07min
The city of Brest, its harbor, its military and cultural heritage; The international maritime festival “Les Tonnerres de Brest”; The famous and educational ocean discovery park “Oceanopolis”; Here are some reasons among many others that make Brest an essential destination in your discovery of the Finistère!
Lorient and its famous Interceltic festival every last weekend of August! Visit Eric Tabarly’s Cité de la Voile!
Le Festival Interceltique
Carhaix 1h 06 min
Since its creation in 1992, the Festival des Vieilles Charrues, the largest festival in France, has emerged as one of the most anticipated musical events of the summer, notably thanks to an electric program and the presence of internationally famous artists: Lenny Kravitz, Snoop Dog, ZZ Top, Muse, Davide Gueta etc. For more than 20 years, the Vielles Charrues have made the town of Caraix one of the epicentres of the French music scene! Some 170,000 spectators come to vibrate every summer in the heart of Brittany.
Le Guilvinec 30 min
Come to visit the CITÉ DE LA PÊCHE.
The first exhibition “Le goût du large” shows you the daily life of the crews aboard their boats, with two virtual sailors, Philippe and Johan, through comics and photo novels.
In the second exhibition entitled “From the sea to the plate”, a rich and playful staging explains the different stages of the fish from the sea to your plate. You embark virtually on board the trawlers of Guilvinec, and discover the atmosphere of the quays and the sale at the auction as well as the effervescence of the workshops of fishmonger.
The visit continues in the interactive fishmonger, then in the kitchen of our Granny who prepares a recipe with her two grandchildren…
The Découvery Center now has a new cinema space for a better immersion in the fisherman’s profession, re-enactments of spaces among seafaring workers, children’s games and interactive devices.