Le Conquet, the westernmost part of continental France!

On a very busy Saturday , so much to do around the house ,finished by midday,and what to do in beautiful Brittany. Well get on the car drive about 2h30 to Le Conquet, the westernmost part of continental France in gorgeous Finistére dept 29.

Easy ride on the N165 towards Brest and there get on the direction Guipavas airport following Guillou Saint Renan and finally Le Conquet, most on the D67,and finally entering town on the D789. The tourist office of Le Conquet is here: http://www.tourismeleconquet.fr/

This is cut off in two one is the landside and the other is the prequ’île de Kermorvan. We hit the city hall ,park behind it for free, and walk all over. The city hall or mairie has a nice history: A rich industrialist built a sumptous home in 1859 to host big elaborate parties and bring the crowd from Paris. In 1922 , the house was sold to another businessmen from Brest who built a hotel in 1922, the Beauséjour; again bringing the crowd from Paris, this lasted until 1935 when the city of Brest purchase it and created a family campground there. In 1940, it became the general headquarters of the nazi commander in the area ;before going back to a children campground until 1975.  Later,the city of Le Conquet purchase the building and grounds and finally in 2000 it was made into the city hall we see today.

From the esplanade nearby you can see the bay, the beach ,and the ile de Kermorvan (peninsula).  You go right into city center:downtown on rue Georges Clemenceau or the road D789, and hungry as we left without eating decided to eat now at a nice place still open even past 14H.

We stopped by chance into Les Korrigans grill pizzeria restaurant and what a nice surprise, friendly talkative owners servers, and a nice English Setter dog, very well behave who play with the kids and my sons!!!  We sat down and ate our favorite pepperoni pizzas-2, calzone, galette bolognase, galette campagnard (potatoes and sausages), all wash down with wonderful Breton beers such as Lancelot blonde, Celtika with raspberries, Coreff blondes, bonnet rouge etc. Dessert for some were poire belle hélene, crêpe banana chocolate,and crêpe marrons(chestnuts). All for 23,60€ per person, reasonable.  And we will be back!! Here is the list of restaurants with the one we went from tourist office: http://www.tourismeleconquet.fr/gastronomie/restaurant

After the good meal we were ready to walk,small town. We did get some goodies at the Le Petit Coin de Paradis at 11 rue Poncelin, nice miniature decoration cup for our dining room; nice store loaded, webpage here, http://www.breizhshopping.com/photos-magasin-le-petit-coin-de-paradis-pxl-11.html

We arrive at the nice Church of Saint Croix, Under renovation exteriors but Inside was nice to go in. gothic style but done recent in 1856 with the statues and decorative elements coming from the defunct Chapelle Saint Christophe and Church de Lochrist built in the 14C to early 16C.  The portal is surmounted by a Christ of pity surrounded by St. John and a statue representing Saint Matthew, a female character, perhaps St. Margaret. Statues of Saint Yves and Sainte Barbe are part and sides of the façade. The chevronnieres feature fabulous animals and characters. Inside, the mausoleum of dom Michel Le Nobletz is in front of a statue of Saint Francis of Assisi. The Church also contains a Hayer organ which dates from 1872. Nice and after work is done should be superb. Diocése info in French, more in the tourist office; http://egliseinfo.catholique.fr/horaires/LE+CONQUET+29217#lieu:29/le-conquet/eglise

Next, we move by car to the plage de Blancs Sablons in the presqu’île de Kermorvan, once there we set out on foot all over. There is a huge beautiful sandy beach after a long passageway of sand and wood stairs down to the beach. You can see bunkers of WWII gun emplacement and Fort Saint Louis done by Vauban in 1694 and used again in WWII. The expanses of this beach should be marvelous in summer and we may come back for that.

You continue on the main road the trail up the protected site of Kermorvan, here is glorious walks amongst old stones with beautiful views of the sea and the rocky canyons done on it by the sea; all the way to the pointe de Kermorvan and a lighthouse as well as a fort de l’Ilette, another military marvel done in 1847 and still accessable in low sea levels on foot. We made it all the way to the pointe to see the lighthouse of kermorvan, which is not allow visits.

In all a nice trip after all, proof once again of the richness of my new area, and the so many things to see even in just one afternoon from home. We will be back. Enjoy it.

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2 Comments to “Le Conquet, the westernmost part of continental France!”

  1. Another beautiful region in France. I love the sheer drama of the sea at Quiberon and the beautiful châteaux at Josselin and Dinan. Must visit Finisterre! 👍


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