"beautiful brittany by the coast" Concarneau by gwened

Concarneau Travel Guide: 42 reviews and 176 photos

see Concarneau,the harbor and the ville close

ville close or enclosed city, walls of granite stones,and inside a mini city just gorgeous, nice view of the harbor and boats, and seafood Brittany at its best.

a bit of history to understand this wonderful fortified city.
At the end of the 11C, the site called Conq became the seat of the ducal chancellery, at the 15C under the reigns of Dukes Pierre II, Arthur III, and François II, the city is described as « entirely fortified>. At the end of the 16C, the place de Concarneau saw the last of the military events under its ramparts during the war of religions.
In the 17C, it is already a royal town,seat of the senegal and stays until 1789.
At this time in the 17_18C the master of the special boat of the area call the chaloupe, occupied the ramparts and streets near the harbor and put their sardines business. The naval shipyards builts the chaloupes sardinières, etc. Eventually the town merged the two communes nearby of Beuzec-conq in 1945 and Lanriec in 1959.
The chalutiers still fish here to just north of Scotland , and the tuna boats cruise the Seychelles, and in the gulf of Guinea. Now, Concarneau is the 3rd port in tonnage and the 3rd port of fresh fishing in France, as well as the 1st port of tuna in Europe!

marine sailors training center

across the bay from old fortress

best view in town

the pl 8 mai 1945 vast space for parking and walk all over, just across from the ville close

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:a nice coastal town with an enclose city
  • Cons:none
  • In a nutshell:The Ville Close or enclosed city of Brittany
  • Last visit to Concarneau: Jan 2012
  • Intro Updated Sep 3, 2012
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  • LeslieofTodd's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2014 at 6:16 AM

    Ah, Gwened, another reason to return to beautiful Brittany! Concarneau looks so interesting and inviting. The streets look remarkably clean. -- no litter (something, in general, that stood out on my last visit to Brittany) and very attractive. Your restaurant reviews have my mouth watering! Though my next trip to France is all about Provence, God willing, I'll get back to your beloved Bretagne someday! Concarneau is now on my wish list. Thanks for the virtual tour!

    • LeslieofTodd's Profile Photo
      Nov 12, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Yes, so true! There is so much beauty to crave that it is hard to plan a reasonable itinerary. I wish I was back in my student days and could slip away for a year...;-)

    • gwened's Profile Photo
      Nov 13, 2014 at 12:54 AM

      ah yes those younger days, if we could only knew ::) enjoy it every day, we had heavy rains winds here the last couple of days, but its normal I am on the road ::)

  • jojes's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2013 at 4:17 AM


    I've been to Brittany twice ... Last time was already 1998 ...
    Been to Concarneau both times. Love it there ... The small streets and nice atmosphere in the 'ville close' ...

    • jojes's Profile Photo
      May 16, 2013 at 5:47 AM

      We'll certainly do that.
      If you're ever in the vicinity of Belgium's oldest town - Tongeren - and fancy a visit ... let us know ...

    • gwened's Profile Photo
      May 16, 2013 at 6:06 AM

      ahh well do visit often, was just in Christmas in Brussels with the family.

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    visiting Brittany one town at a time ::)

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