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July 2, 2022

The Church Saint-Carantec of Carantec !!

Again, continuing on my road warrior tours and discovering new towns in my lovely Bretagne, we came to Carantec. Of course, the impressive monument we first saw was its wonderful Church Saint Carantec! This is a must to see here. Let me tell you about the Church Saint Carantec of Carantec !! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Carantec ch st carantec front jun22

The Church Saint-Carantec is in neo-Gothic style, dates from 1867. It was built on the site of the old 16C church, The bell tower is of the Leonard type with two galleries, The monumental door, from the neighboring manor of Kerangoaget dates from the 17C. The apse contains a beautiful processional cross of 1652 in silver and another simpler one in front of the altar.

Carantec ch st carantec front belltower jun22

Carantec ch st carantec nave to altar jun22

It is said to be difficult to specify the time when the parish church was built, the old demolished in 1867. The old church was rebuilt in 1657,had a choir and transept ,The bell tower alone did not lack a certain character, with its staircase turret, its rooms bells adorned with galleries and balustrades. It is regrettable that the dimensions of the current church did not allowed it to be preserved, Above the transept rose a graceful campanile.

Carantec ch st carantec altar to nave jun22

Carantec ch st carantec back rood jun22

The current Church Saint Carantec was built in 1867 as said; it is in the style of the 13C. External length 37 meters. ; interior length 31 meters, width of the nave and side aisles 14 meters; length of the transept 24 meters; the choir is 9 meters. Long, 6 meters wide. The interior of the church presents a striking aspect; the pillars of the nave are cylindrical and adorned with finely carved capitals; the four pillars of the transept are formed of small columns in bundles, on which rest the pointed arches of the vault. The windows and arcades of the choir present an imitation of the Sainte Chapelle in Paris. The bell tower is 37 meters; it presents itself well with its two bell chambers, its double gallery, with its balustrades decorated with quatrefoils and warheads.

Carantec ch st carantec treasury jun22

Carantec ch st carantec organ jun22

The baptismal fonts date from the 17C, The Kerrot Chapel was added in the 16C. The bell tower (16C) was remodeled in the 17C, Among the statues, one can see a Saint Carantec. There is also a box of holy oils from 1747. The supreme preeminence is that of the Rohan house of Brittany.

Carantec ch st carantec chapel vierge et child jun22

The city of Carantec on the church

The Bay of Morlaix tourist office on Carantec

There you go folks, a marvel to be visited, the Church Saint Carantec is wonderful indeed. Glad we made it over and would look forward to come back, eventually. Again, hope you have enjoy the post as I. With the post I bid farewell for now to Carantec.

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

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July 2, 2022

The beaches of Carantec !!!

So told you came here for the first time ! and was impressed ! This is my Bretagne indeed , the coast, the beaches oh the beaches well let me tell you about the ones saw in Carantec !! Hope you enjoy it as I.

The plage du Kélenn beach is certainly the most famous of the Carantec beaches. The one that enjoys the maximum of entertainment in season with its restaurants, its beach club and its nautical center. This large and beautiful beach is ideal for families. Games for children, diving board. Bathing equipment for people with reduced mobility. Showers and toilets. Beach huts for hire from the tourist office. Free parking. Motorhome parking. Nearby: cafes, restaurants, nautical base, sailing and sea kayaking school, sea garden, playground, children’s carousel, bi-cross field. Walk accessible to pushchairs and people with reduced mobility along the beach.

Carantec plage du kelenn wide jun22

Carantec plage du kelenn pier to sea jun22

Carantec plage du kelenn wide right jun22

The Bay of Morlaix tourist office on the beaches of Carantec

The plages tv site on the Kélenn beach

The official nautical center of Carantec

From the Kélenn beach you can see and access the Château du Taureau ! A rock in the sea ! The Château du Taureau castle is an island-fortress that depends administratively on the town of Plouezoc’h. It was built by the bourgeois of Morlaix in 1542 to defend the entrance to the Rivière de Morlaix from English invasions. It is a fort renovated by Vauban and later by Amédée François Frézier between 1690 and 1745 on a rocky islet in the open sea. Regardless of the tidal coefficient, it is not never walkable, only by boat.  After having been a prison, the Château du Taureau became a second home owned by Mélanie Lévêque de Vilmorin who gave lavish receptions there in the 1930s, then a sailing school in the 1960s, before being abandoned for a time. and to close its doors in 1980, for lack of maintenance. Restored by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Morlaix and nine neighboring towns, this Breton “Fort Boyard” can be easily visited again by boat from Carantec. When docking, a staircase bathed by the waves and a drawbridge provide access; you can see the old rooms where the troop was housed, dungeons and vaulted vaults. From the upper platform, the panorama extends over the entire Bay of Morlaix. Why built?  In 1520, following the failure of the meeting at the Camp du Cloth d’Or, relations between the kingdoms of France and England deteriorated and led to a rapprochement between the latter and the Spain of Charles V. Thus, in 1522, an English fleet attacked Cherbourg then headed for Morlaix where it arrived in early July. Following this event, it was decided to build a fort in the bay of Morlaix. For three centuries, the Château du Taureau has been a key player in the history of Brittany and France, like the Château d’If (Marseille harbour), Saint-Malo, the corsair city and the arsenal of Brest. It ceased to fulfill its military role in 1878 and was decommissioned in 1883. In 1889, the beacon was permanently extinguished. the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Morlaix, after conducting significant historical research on the castle, has chosen a museographic orientation focusing on daily life in the Château du Taureau in the 18C.

Carantec chateau du taureau from kelenn beach jun22

Carantec plage du kelenn to chateau taureau islands jun22

The official Castle of Taureau

The Bay of Morlaix tourist office on the castle

One of the best here is to walk, bike or drive the low tide passage to Callot island !! A wonderful sublime experience ! Callot Island, accessible from the mainland by a submersible causeway which allows you to cross the passe aux moutons or sheeps pass, extends over 2 125 meters long and measures from 150 to 300 meters wide.

Carantec ile callot driving passage to isle jun22

Île Callot is a special spot that becomes an island at high tide but can be accessed by foot at low tide; it offers a number of fine sandy beaches and also some well-protected rocky creeks. Peace and quiet guaranteed! Check the tide times to be sure you have enough time to get to and from l’Île Callot. Access to the island , at the port, check the crossing times before taking the submersible route that takes you to Île Callot. Allow 6 km to travel this island from end to end to admire the 360° view towards St Pol de Léon, Plouézoc’h and Plougasnou. The ornithological reserve is open to you. Don’t forget your binoculars.

Carantec ile callot plage sand jun22

Carantec ile callot back to mainland jun22

Carantec ile callot hills low tide jun22

Carantec ile callot low tide jun22

The city of Carantec on the Callot island :

The Bay of Morlaix tourist office on Carantec :

There you go folks, a dandy in my Bretagne ! You should be in Carantec ! We were glad to go and find it, always somethin new and wonderful in our road warrior tours of the world! This is the beaches and sea of Carantec! 

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

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July 2, 2022

And I reach Carantec !!!

The town of Carantec is in the department of Finistère no 29 of my lovely region of Bretagne in my belle France. This is one of those first visit that on my local road warrior mode got me to come in. So many wonders in my Brittany alone. Let me tell you an introduction to Carantec, which is 156 km (about 97 mi) from my house.

Carantec mairie front jun22

Carantec is a seaside resort in the bay of Morlaix. The attractions of this town are also the activities offered such as the practice of water sports on a pleasant body of water, tennis thanks to the various grounds available to the town, football/soccer, but also golf. It is located on the northern coast of Brittany, bordering the English Channel, in the bay of Morlaix, at the end of a 2 km wide peninsula, bounded by the two rias of the Rivière de Morlaix and the Penzé, and along a beach which is exposed up to 2 km offshore during high tides. In addition to Callot Island, also has islets such as Ricard, Beclem, Île aux Dames; Île de Sable, Île Verte, ar C’hlas Kozh, and Vezoul, which are refuges for Atlantic Puffins, Herring Gulls, Common Terns or roseate shelducks, shelducks, oystercatchers and other little egrets. These seven islets have been classified as an ornithological reserve since 1962.  My oldest son walking in town !!!

Carantec pl de la Republique et NF jun22

The name Carantec derives from Saint Carantec who ruled a monastery in Wales and of whom Saint Tenenan is said to have been a disciple. It is the latter who, out of devotion to his former master, would have built a church in this place which he would have dedicated to him. Penzé and included Taulé and its truce of Callot, Carantec, Henvic and Penzé, Locquénolé, Saint-Martin-des-Champs and its truce of Sainte-Sève , The end of the 19C and the first decades of the 20C saw Carantec transform into a seaside resort. Beautiful residences are built, in particular overhanging the White Grève, just in front of Callot Island. The walk will allow you to admire the whole range of beaches offered by the resort: the Cosmeur, the Kélenn, the Grève de Pors-Pol, the Grève-Blanche, the beach of the Port or the Grande Grève. That of Clouët, to the right of the tip of Pen-al-Lann, is also very pleasant. It is at Kelenn beach that you will find the nautical center, the diving center as well as the beach club.

When we arrived it was market day, Thursday !! and we had a lot of fun walking around it as usual, one of the hightlights of visiting any town for us is the market. It is at Place de la Liberation square. My oldest son walking around !!

Carantec market day thurs jun22

Carantec market day thurs end et NF jun22

The Château du Taureau castle is an island-fortress that depends administratively on the town of Plouezoc’h. It was built by the bourgeois of Morlaix in 1542 to defend the entrance to the Rivière de Morlaix from English invasions. The Manoir du Rohou, built at the end of the 19C. Île Louët, an islet with its lighthouse, built in 1857 ,and its caretaker’s house, now rented as a tourist lodge. Callot Island, accessible by a causeway that the tides cover and uncover. The Saint-Carantec Church, in neo-Gothic style, dates from 1867. The Lande lighthouse. The maritime museum of Carantec began with the exhibition of objects recovered from the shipwrecked Alcide, a privateer ship from Saint-Malo which sank in 1747 in the bay of Morlaix. The museum deals with various themes of the region: oyster farming, privateering ; the Alcide corsair, a cannon of which is in the Jacobins museum in Morlaix, the flora and fauna of Morlaix, the collection of seaweed. The Carantec post office was built in 1903. Russian painter Alexej von Jawlensky spent the summer of 1905 in Carantec with Marianna Veriovkina (Marianne von Werefkin); he painted Breton nature there and sent six canvases representing the region to the Salon d’Automne, Charles de Gaulle and his family stayed several times before WWII in Carantec. Yvonne de Gaulle and her children, Philippe, Élisabeth and Anne, along with the General’s mother, Jeanne, managed to join him in London from Carantec in June 1940, passing through Brest and Falmouth.

And we had lunch of course. As usual by magic I found a good one again! The Créperie Ty Brizac is an institution in Carantec since the creperie, opened in 1919, (Ty Breizh) is briskly approaching its centenary. We arrived without reservation and were quickly sitted by a funny owner! Ty Brizec is a loaded créperie set in lush greenery, in the heart of Carantec, facing the church. Vast choice of pancakes (galettes), savory with 100% buckwheat or sweet, Carantec oysters, mussel specialties, these scallops à la Bretonne or even racy meats. All these products come from the region and from the best local producers. Ty Brizec, a must for its sea view terrace on the garden side to appreciate the sweetness of life in this preserved place. I had the scallops and leeks with a bottle of farm brew cider Henriot and the coffee and sweets plate. My Dad had the same and my boys loaded up as usual for under 20 euros per person, just right.  The official Créperie Ty Brizac

The RestaurantGuru reviews site on the Créperie Ty Brizac

Carantec creperie ty brizac arriv jun22

Carantec creperie ty brizac dining room jun22

Carantec creperie ty brizac galette noix st jacques et poireaux jun22

Carantec creperie ty brizac cidre fermier henriot jun22

The Bay of Morlaix tourist office on Carantec

The city of Carantec

There you go folks, a nice brief introduction to wonderful Carantec, a real find. One of the highlights of living in the peninsula of Brittany surrounded by water, the city is just about 2h10 min from my house ! Hope you enjoy the post as I and see the other posts on the best things to see in Carantec in my opinion !!!

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

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