Coastal Douarnenez !!

I took the opportunity to visit further areas from me and decided to visit this beach town of Douarnenez. We took the ride using the road D7 and hit it right on straight over a beautiful view by the beach of Kervel with its wooden cabins on the sand. Of course, written on the main church but there are other things to see here, stay tune ! 

The town of Douarnenez, is in the Finistére dept 29 of my lovely Bretagne, It still keep the reputation of a sardines fishing port, even if it has diminish over the years. The great brand Connêtable (we like)  is still there. It is a fishing port dotted with beaches , a pleasure marina by Tréboul and Port-Rhu. This is the city in which the Kouign-Amann Breton dessert was invented. The town was enlarged in 1945 by merging with the neighboring towns of Ploaré, Pouldavid and Tréboul, and is now known as the city of the three ports (Port-Rhu, Port of Rosmeur, and Port de Plaisance).

The city indeed has three ports: the Rosmeur, a fishing port with auction, managed by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Quimper Cornouaille, inaugurated in 1958 in its present form; Port-Rhu (former Ria de Pouldavid) where the museum port is based, inaugurated in 1992; and the marina in Tréboul.. In 1912,  the Douarnenez sailor’s shelter is inaugurated , and during WWI it housed a unit of the 151st Infantry Regiment. The shelter closed in 1971, but now houses the publishers of the magazine Chasse-Marée.

Douarnenez port Rhu riverdeck fishing dec13


We wandered around and cross the passerelle to go to Port Rhu and Tréboul areas, easy walking exercise and nice town, we like it and we will be back. The Port-Rhu was the starting point for two boats bound for England: the My gondola as of June 18, 1940, the day of the call of 18 June. Pilot students of the Le Mans Elementary pilotage aviation school, led by Reserve Lieutenant Pinot , embarked on 18 June 1940 aboard the Trébouliste, a lobster boat equipped with an auxiliary engine, led by François Lelguen they arrived in Falmouth on June 20, 1940 and helped to form the first nucleus of the future Free French Air Force (36 of them perished in air fights during WWII).


In by the harbor or port area, you have the wonderful Port-musée, with real boats on display showing you the boating history of the town as well expos, and videos. right across from the harbor entrance and the pleasure marina of Port-Rhu The Port-Rhu, a veritable conservatory of ancient boats, which illustrates the maritime life of Douarnenez. In 1993, it was inaugurated the Port-Museum of Port-Rhu, but the Port-museum had to close in 1995 due to lack of financial resources because it did not attract enough visitors. The Port-Museum opens again at the beginning of the year 2 000, with a more important budget ,webpage :




Tristan Island, which is located about 50 meters from the coast, is accessible on foot, during low tides with a strong coefficient. There is a mansion, a lighthouse and a fort. Tristan Island now belongs to the Conservatory of the coast.


The idea of having beach areas, fishing and pleasure port, and a museum makes an interesting point to seek in better weather, and the folks are very friendly. We stop for lunch there at Restaurant Pizzeria Da Franco, at 18, Place Edouard Vaillant, and the Italian natives family was very welcoming and the pizzas deliciosas! with a  liter of real red Italian chianti wine! all for 15€ per person including expresso coffee.  They offer pizzas, pasta, salads, desserts, ice creams, and beef plates with a formule and plat du jour, they ,also, have a branch in Brest. In Douarnenez they are just opposite the square to the tourist office, and the bus terminal. No webpage , the Restaurantguru reviews on the pizzeria :


The Douarnenez tourist office on its heritage/things to see :

The City of Douarnenez on its maritime history

The city of Douarnenez on its heritage :

There you go folks, a dandy coastal town with plenty to see, Doaurnenez is hidden in a harbor off the beaten path trail but worth the detour me think . Hope you enjoy as I

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

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