Day out in Brest
Brittany's second largest city, Brest offers a multitude of attractions and activities: the Castle and Tour Tanguy are the principal landmarks, and those wanting to delve into the city's history should visit the museums housed therein; art museums, cinemas and theatres aplenty for lovers of the arts; the excellent aquarium centre Océanopolis is a fantastic family day out.
Visit one of the most beautiful villages in France'
Locronan, officially one of the 'most beautiful villages of France' was a sacred place for the celts - known as a 'nemeton'. The cobbled Place de l'Eglise dominated by the substantial vaulted 15th century church of St Ronan are in the centre of the village, and the best place to start your visit. Be sure to explore the small side-streets heading off from the main square with their artisan boutiques and small boutique art galleries. If you think Locronan looks familiar, it has featured in several films, including 'Tess' by Roman Polanski.
Historic town of Quimper
Quimper derives its name from the Breton word "kempir" meaning a confluence of two rivers, in this case the rivers Odet and Steir. The old town is well worth a visit, home to a distinctive cathedral with twin spires as well as the Breton museum and Art Museum. Its cobbled streets are a joy to explore, and it offers good shopping opportunities for those who like a bit of retail therapy!
Anyone for golf?
Youngsters can try their hand at crazy golf at the 'Minigolf de Penfoul' in Bénodet. Whilst more experienced golfers can head for the 18 hole par 71 course at the 'Golf de Quimper-Cornouaille' in La Forêt Fouesnant.
Enjoy a wander around the old walled town of Concarneau, the Ville Close, which has lots of little boutiques and places to stop for refreshment! Watch the boats in the harbour, and learn about the local industry at the Fishing Museum which is part on land part on water. Finish up with a top class meal in one of Concarneau's excellent fish and seafood restaurants.
Take the kids for a splash about at the ‘Aquasud Pays Bigouden’ in Pont-l'Abbé, an indoor water park with 25m swimming pool, play pool heated to 30°, baby paddling pool at 32°, and a 58m water slide!
Keep the teenagers entertained
with Go Karting or Paintball at 'Karting Bretagne’ situated between Bénodet and Pont-l’Abbé, or ten pin bowling and pool tables on the southern edge of Quimper.
Discover some Breton history
at the Musée Bigouden in Pont-l’Abbé, where exhibits focus on the customs and traditional dress of the area, in particular the lace headdress that has become emblematic of Brittany as a whole.
Cruise round the Glénan Isles
Boat trips depart from the port of Bénodet to the Iles de Glénan. This archipelago of seven main islands boasts fine sandy beaches and clear lagoon-like waters. Plenty of opportunity for walking and birdwatching, as well as kayaking or diving for the more energetic.
Sample local cuisine
With just 5km between you and Bénodet, take a drive to the town to sample greatly prepared fresh seafood dishes.
Day out at the beach
The nearest beaches are around Bénodet which is home to the famous stretch of fine white sand known as Le Letty which is sheltered by its own natural lagoon. While at the beaches, you can also take part in many watersports including sailing, windsurfing and kite-surfing if feeling energetic.
Opportunities for getting active come in abundance in the area with activities such as horse riding, tennis and golf in close proximity.
Relax and pamper yourself
Treat yourself to a pampering session in the afternoon at the ‘Relais Thalasso’ Spa in Bénodet. The spa centres around the natural benefits of seawater and marine elements offering beauty treatments, spa packages and specialising in Thalassotherapy therapies.
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