What to see and do from Le Conguel in southern Brittany
Activites and places not to miss
Celebrate everything Celtic at this huge festival. Every August the town of Lorient welcomes over 700,000 visitors from around Europe, from Galicia to Scotland, to celebrate the cultural traditions of Celtic nations. It’s a treat for your eyes and ears, as performers get dressed up and provide full days and evenings of entertainment in the form of concerts, parades and dances.
Plunge into an underwater world at Oceanopolis and find yourself face to face with sea creatures from all over the planet. Kids are always particularly fascinated by the Indian Ocean Area where angelfish, parrotfish, batfish and surgeonfish flit and dash. There’s also a Tropical Greenhouse, pulsing with Amazonian life and vegetation.
The endless beaches, warm weather and swaying pine trees of La Baule have made it one of the most famous and stylish beach destinations in western France. The watersports centre, open from April to October, allows you to discover the rocky coastline while jet skiing, boating, fly fishing or wakeboarding. And don’t miss the vintage car competition in August!
This small town is bursting with natural charm and beauty. Walk through this wonderful village-like town packed with water mills, overflowing vegetation, rivers, and boats. Pont-Aven is a true treasure because you can discover the town by geocaching (tracking down ‘treasure’ containers via clues and references), or why not take a boat tour or walk in the footsteps of Gaugin, whose paintings were inspired by this beautiful area. When we think of the quaint French countryside, we’ve got Pont Aven in mind.
To really get a sense of this walled city, you have to see Corncarneau from the old town. The medieval “Ville Close” is a fortified walled city on a long island in the centre of a harbour. Looking at it, you’d think it was a château sitting in water! You’ll definitely feel like you’re on holiday when you take in the view over the harbour and boats from here, or go on a boat ride from the fishing port.
Quimper is the oldest town in Brittany, and is renowned for its rustic atmosphere. There are footbridges spanning the rivers throughout the town, timber houses and cobbled streets. You will do well to visit several of its stunning gardens, including the Le Jardin du Prieuré de Locmaria, and to go shopping in this town rich with merchant and maritime history. Quimper’s old town and maritime landscape have been well preserved for all to enjoy its beauty.