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Postal address : 2 impasse de Kervégant, 29 350 Moëlan sur mer, France.

The Port-Museum

The Port-Museum

Port-Museum

Festival at the Port-Museum

Old tall ships in the Port Museum

Old tall ships at the Port Museum

Port in the town centre

Harbour in the centre of town

The port in the town centre

Surfing at Douarnenez

Surfing at Douarnenez

Surfing at Douarnenez

On the Douarnenez bay

On the Douarnenez bay

On Douarnenez bay

Douarnenez bay

Douarnenez bay

 

Douarnenez’s maritime tradition is clear throughout its history. The fourth largest town in the Finistère department, it is a pillar of Breton heritage due to its Port-Museum at Port Rhu. Unique in France, the museum is half on land, half on water, and visitors can admire the boats moored in the famous harbour, exceptional old sailing ships, North Atlantic ships, all brought together along the quayside.

Douarnenez can be proud of becoming the heartland of maritime heritage. It is in the Bay of Douarnenez that the fantastical and mystical city of the kingdom of Gradlon, King of Cornouaille is said to be buried, the city of Ys, which cannot surely be purely a legend… Douarnenez is a town of contrast and colour, where the inhabitants show their character, which can be seen in the fabulous café on the port called ‘Le Pourquoi-Pas’ which resembles the inside of the famous ship of the same name.

Local history is much marked by sardine fishing, already appreciated in Roman times. Revolving around fishing and especially canning, the town, nestled at the far end of its magnificent bay, has retained its maritime character, bolstered by large gatherings of old sailing ships that are held here every four years.

You can visit the canneries, and there are churches to see – St Jacques and Sacré Cœur de St Herlé, as well as other typical chapels along the bay of this far-flung part of the region. Other visits include the fishing port of Rosmeur, and the new harbour, as well as the lovely beach of Kerlaz and the unspoilt coastline to the west.