A day at the beach
There are several sandy beaches to choose from within a short drive from the house, around Le Guilvinec and along the Tréffiagat coastline.
Take a trip to the port
A short drive will bring you to Le Guilvinec, a traditional fishing town with a working fishing port where you can buy the catch of the day direct. Or enjoy a leisurely meal at one of the fresh fish and seafood restaurants.
Surf's up at Pointe de la Torche
Only about ten minutes' drive away, La Torche beach is a long white stretch of sand backed by dunes, and facing due west. The Atlantic rollers make this one of the most popular surfing and wind-surfing beaches in France. Behind the beach, surf shops and crêperies sit side by side.
No holiday in Brittany is complete without...
a meal in a local crêperie. You won't have to go far to find one - they're everywhere! First choose a 'galette' (a savoury filled crêpe made with buckwheat flour) then follow it up with a sweet crêpe - anything from a simple beurre citron to a highly indulgent option laced with caramel or smothered in cream!
Discover Breton culture
The house sits on the Penmarc'h peninsula south of Quimper, in a region known locally as the Pays Bigouden and considered the heart of Breton culture. The 'Musée Bigouden' museum in Pont-l'Abbé is a good place to start, to learn about Breton traditions and folklore. The 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.
See the 'other side' of Brittany
A contrast to the traditional, rural picture of Brittany, Bénodet is often described as the Breton Riviera with its chic boutiques, spa facilities and top class restaurants.
Experience the local market
Taking place in Le Guilvinec on Tuesday and Sunday mornings, in Plomeur on Saturdays or in Pont-l'Abbé on Thursdays, the local market is a great place to pick up fresh produce and local specialities, and to mingle with locals who are doing the same.
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!
Lanniron Château and Gardens
Set on the bank of the river Odet, south of Quimper city centre, this Château was the former residence of the Bishops of Quimper. The gardens present a typical French 17th Century garden, mixing Italian Baroque and French Classicism. Terraced areas descend down to the river, with many unusual tree species, as well as a good show of flowers and a fruit and vegetable garden.
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.
This picture postcard village of well preserved stone houses around a picturesque central square is about 40 minutes away by car. As modern development has been strictly controlled here, several filmmakers have been drawn to use the village as the backdrop for a bygone era. Whilst in this very authentic Breton setting, why not try the quintessential Breton treat - a Kouign Amann cake!
Opportunities for getting active come in abundance in the area with activities such as horse riding, tennis and water sports available nearby.
Keen golfers can try their hand at Blue Green Odet's 18-hole par 72 course near Bénodet or, a little further on, the 18-hole par 71 course at the 'Golf de Quimper-Cornouaille' in La Forêt Fouesnant (32km).
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.
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.
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.
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