Lesconil, again the Finistére!

And going into the confines of my lovely Bretagne, and the beautiful Finistére we got into another cave of ocean beauty , lovely by the coast. Let me tell you a bit more and update on Lesconil.

We took a winding ride by car on the N165 by reaching the D44 and later the D102 roads the town of Lesconil. The city of Lesconil a fisherman’s harbor paradise. Here you have all the action around the harbor with lots of fisherman’s boat even if the trade has almost disappear, you can still see plenty of boats and the off island of Men ar Groas visible from the harbor deck. There is a lively square with plenty of restaurants and shops and a really good one in the Cantine de Mer. Good one from the menu and prices not try as we were heading home early on a Sunday. You can even see the friendly seagull that came to welcome me in the harbor looking for food seems so used to that and is not good to do so please.


The new town of Plobannalec-Lesconil is typical coastal town, in the south of the Bigouden country, the new name is Plobannalec-Lesconil and is ideally located. This of course is in dept 29 Finistére, and in my lovely Bretagne. It is close to La Torche, the shopping town of Pont-L’Abbé and the magnificent natural sites of the Bigouden region, the town is at the heart of the south coast. And what a beautiful south coast it is!!  The Quimper train station is 23 km from Plobannalec and 26 km from Lesconil and the Quimper-Bretagne airport is 19 km from Plobannalec and 22 km from Lesconil.

The town is made up of two agglomerations: the initial borough of Plobannalec, inland, rural and conservative tradition; the fishing port of Lesconil, further south, maritime tradition and opinion more to the left, which began to develop in the mid-19C, which declined from the 1970s, and whose trawl fishing activity disappears in the early years of the 21C. The territory of the town forms a vast inclined plane towards the ocean and, from almost all points, the sea appears on the horizon. The coastal part of the town is, outside the port, quite narrow, essentially comprising the Goudoul rock and a few other rocks with picturesque shapes.

The first significant event was the creation, between 1804 and 1806, of a semaphore on the coast, about 600 meters west of the port. This building is part of a network of semaphore signals whose implementation was decided at the beginning of the 19C by order of Vice-Admiral Decrès.  It was equipped with a telephone, a telegraph and masts with arms used for the communication by semaphore, or to give meteorological information to the sailors at sea. In the event of sinking, it can alert the lifeboat of the port (built later) using a small gun. A line-throwing cannon is used to establish a back-and-forth movement with stranded boats. At the end of WWII, the semaphore was abandoned. A lighthouse was built in 1905 on the islet of Men Ar Groas, the lighthouse has since been connected to the mainland.


In the first half of the 19C, the initial port of Lesconil was only a beaching port in a small natural cove offering only a precarious shelter in good weather only to boats, which had to take refuge in heavy weather in the ” Ster Nibilic ”, small arm of the Ster estuary (still used today for small boats), or, for larger ones, in Loctudy The current port is created on the other side of the overland, in a rocky cove called Pors Carn, for the time being open to the sea. The kick-off of its foundation was, in August 1878, the decision of the SCSN (today the SNSM) to build a lifeboat station In 1879 , the shelter and the hold, 90 meters long; are finished. They can accommodate the Foubert de Bizy lifeboat (named after the donor), a 10.10-meter straight canoe.



The port of Lesconil remains exposed to offshore swells, and is not equipped with any quay. Unloading boats is often done by canoe. Rock is present everywhere in the cove during low tides, and the rocky harbor remains a concern for several decades. Lesconil, like the other ports of the Pays Bigouden, was very affected by the sardine crisis of the first years of the 20C it began in 1902, the work of the Bigouden picot saving the families of fishermen from famine. We then leave the big boats for the small ones. The activity goes from fishing for sardines and mackerel to that for crustaceans (lobsters and langostines) and the net. A mole-shelter, 333 meters long, was built between 1907 and 1914 and allowed the port to develop its activities considerably . After WWI, 8 large sloops practiced lobster fishing. Lesconil was the 4th fishing port of the Pays Bigouden. Some are fishing for tuna. The last lobster sloops disappear. In 1949, it mainly fish crustaceans and, in priority, Norway lobster. The port still has only nine trawlers, but in the 1950s their number continued to grow. The decline in professional fishing was accentuated by the closure of the Lesconil auction in 2008, the few remaining fishing boats now landing their fish in Guilvinec.  In 2015, there was one trawler and three canoes left.


More on the port of Lesconil in French here: marina harbor of Lesconil

The commercial port of Finistére on  Lesconil: Commercial ports of Finistére on Lesconil

Other than the sea, the main monument to see in all this ocean is the Church Notre Dame de la mer . The creation of the church of Lesconil at the beginning of the 20C is linked to the will to implant the Catholic religion in the town with protestant tendencies. Protestantism took root in Lesconil, thanks to the efforts of William-Jenkyn Jones, Welsh pastor of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Foreign Mission, who arrived in 1893. On August 15, 1924, a Catholic parish was created in Lesconil. The Sainte-Anne chapel becomes Church Notre-Dame-des-Flots ou de la mer (waves or sea).

The plage des Sables Blancs beach to the east, opposite Anse de Lesconil, belongs to the town of Loctudy, and the beaches of Kersauz and Squividan, to the west, to that of Treffiagat. There are only two small beaches on the same territory of the town (one at the foot of the semaphore, the other of artificial creation, between the port and the Ster). But the most popular are the Sables Blanc east of the Ster, a kilometer long beach, in the territory of Loctudy, and the Grande Plage in the west, in the territory of Treffiagat.

One big event here every summer, Fête de La Langoustine or festival. Organized every year on the 2nd Saturday of August in the port of Lesconil. Usually from 10h-13h will see about this year 2020.

A presentation of the city of Plobannalec-Lesconil: City of Plobannalec-Lesconil presentation

And there you a general overview of a wonderful area plenty more to see I was touching the bases this is a gorgeous area that need to be visited more, a lot more. Plobannalec-Lesconil or for me rather Lesconil is pretty, and I will be back soon. Hope you do too and enjoy the post.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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