"Camaret-sur-mer" Camaret-sur-Mer by ranger49

Camaret-sur-Mer Travel Guide: 20 reviews and 97 photos

A sheltered harbour and summer resort

In nearly all the places we have visited in Brittany (and other parts of France) in recent years we have noticed these attractive ceramic plaques with a sepia toned picture or drawing of the location and a snippet of local history.
This one comments on the very sheltered position of its westerly harbour and how it was capable of providing safe harbour for 200 -300 sailing boats.
From 1939 it was regarded as the best fishing port for sardines and langoustines in the whole of Europe - if not the world. This trade continued here until the 1960's.
Then a series of disasters combined to change the European fishing industry - oil spillages and other environmental pollution, marine diseases and over-fishing, the mandatory introduction of fishing quotas all contributed to the depletion of fishing stocks.
Cameraet is still however an important fishing port specialising in spiny lobsters.

It has other claims to fame.
In the early 20th century artists like Boudin, Riviere and Derain were frequent visitors captivated by its special summer light and atmospheric sunsets.
I sometimes get a picture of a group of those now famous French artists wending there way round the coast and mountain resorts of France in search of light and success..
The poet St-Pol-Roux built his home here just up the hill overlooking the Bay where he met his tragic end in 1941.

Old ships never die, they just rot away

If you walk down the Sillon, the natural dyke, which forms a natural quay at the end of the harbour you will pass the rotted and spidery remains of the hulls of old wooden shipping boats, and rusting sides of later steel built boats.
It a rather sad sight and a constant reminder of the cataclysmic changes in the lives of the men who still go down to the sea in ships to put fish on our tables.
In the background across the bay in the marina are the leisure boats that now shelter in the harbour and out of sight beyond, the new fishing port head quarters.

Low Tide -view towards the sea front.

The whole of the sea frontage is dotted with bars,cafes, restaurants and hotels and a few shops including a mini-supermarket .
A larger Super-U supermarket is just around the corner not far from the Tourist Office.

A number of the cafes and hotels here have a free wi-fi hotspot which we did not use.

In this view the red awning is at Hotel le Styvel and the blue at Hotel Vauban.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Safe harbour, great walks and plenty to see and do.
  • Cons:None that affected me.
  • In a nutshell:An ideal place for people of all ages and interests.
  • Last visit to Camaret-sur-Mer: Jun 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • starship's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Barbara, this page was a education for me as I knew nothing previously about Camaret-sur-Mer or Vauban! Interesting the connections to the DaVinci Code.

  • Maryimelda's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    Another fabulous place Barbara. Thanks for the account of the life of Saint-Pol-Roux. Such a tragedy. I would love to visit La Chappelle, it looks beautiful.

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    I had a nice time in Camaret... used to have a page on VT. Maybe I'll post a pic of it again. Knew about Vauban... Léo Ferré used to sing Merde à Vauban... :) we must be anarchists! :)

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2010 at 8:22 AM

    The La Tour Vauba, Chapel, and Memorial- Bretons of Free French Forces is fantastic. That is tragic about Saint-Pol-Roux, but at least people will still remember some of his works. Excellent page!

  • Herwig1961's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2009 at 9:17 PM

    Thank you for your kind words on my Weissenbach page!And thank you for this interesting page with lovely fotos!Regards-Herwig

  • Segolily's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    One more place that sounds fascinating to explore.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2009 at 3:16 AM

    Another nice page, with lovely photos. Some interesting buildings here too!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    It is a wonderful depiction of the area and pretty scenery here. Good work

  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2009 at 2:26 AM

    Former bad boy and rugby player, I knew essentially “Les filles de Camaret”! Now I know much more, Barbara, and the fishermen chapel is the sort of place I really like to have a rest for body and soul! Nice page about a place I may visit end this summer

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    A great informative page!I ignored that Camaret was connected with Da Vinci code and has a Museum to the forgotten heroes. A series of Vauban achievements are now on the Unesco World heritage list.


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