Plobannalec-Lesconil !!!

And going into the confines of my lovely Bretagne, and the Finistére dept 29 ,we got into another cave of ocean beauty , lovely by the coast, and nice monuments. Let me update this older post and tell you about the fusion of the towns of Lesconil and Plobannalec into oneWe took a winding ride by car on the N165 by reaching the D44 and later the D102 roads the town of Lesconil. 

 The new town of Plobannalec-Lesconil  is typical coastal town, in the south of the Bigouden country. 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. Of course for info only as we always come by car.

The town is made up of two agglomerations: the initial borough of Plobannalec, inland, rural and laidback, and the fishing port of Lesconil, further south, maritime tradition and quant, 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. Mostly in Lesconil you have 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, 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.

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The first significant event was the creation, between 1804 and 1806, of a semaphore on the coast, about 600 meters west of the port, decided at the beginning of the 19C by order of Vice-Admiral Decrès.  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.

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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, me follow as donor) 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.

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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, 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. 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.

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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.

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 Church of Saint-Alour built from 1875 to 1879 of the parish of Plobannalec.  The church was consecrated on 11 June 1879. Saint  Alour is the third Bishop of Cornouaille who lived in the 5C. This church replaced a 16C church, some parts of which were even back in the 13C. The modern stained glass contains Saint  Alour, Saint Guénolé (Saint Guénolé sends Saint Tudy and Saint Alour to preach religion in the Bigouden country), Saint Alain, Saint Louis and San Sebastian. The Church contains a painting of the Assumption (copy of Murillo! ), a painting of the marriage of Saint Catherine (copy of the Correggio! ), a reliquary of the 15C pediculate with inscription  of “Saint Quido “, and a reliquary of the 16C in vermeil supported by four balusters with statues of the Savior, the Blessed Virgin, St. Sebastian and St. Louis. The closing of the baptismal font dates from the 18C.  The Church houses the statues of Saint Alour 18C, San Sebastian 17C, Saint Peter, Saint Herbot, the Blessed Virgin 18C, and a Pietà 15C. 

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One big event here every summer, Fête de La Langoustine or large prawn festival. Organized every year on the 2nd Saturday of August in the port of Lesconil. Usually from 10h-13h check it out as last two years cancel due to covid.

The city of Plobannalec-Lesconil on the Church Saint Alour and its stained glasshttps://www.plobannalec-lesconil.bzh/decouvrir/la-commune/le-vitrail-aux-morts-de-leglise-de-saint-alour/

The city of Plobannalec Lesconil on its heritage https://www.plobannalec-lesconil.bzh/decouvrir/la-commune/histoire-et-patrimoine/

The Finistére dept 29 tourist office on the port of Lesconilhttps://www.toutcommenceenfinistere.com/port-lesconil-finistere

There you folks, 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 enjoy the post and come on over !

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

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