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Headquarters : 5 Hent Meneyer, 29 950 Gouesnac'h, France.
Postal address : 2 impasse de Kervégant, 29 350 Moëlan sur mer, France.

Kerfany beach

Saint Philibert chapel

Saint Philibert chapel

Saint Philibert chapel

Port of Merrien

Port of Merrien

Port of Merrien

Footpath at Merrien

Fishing boat on the dockside

Merrien peninsula

Port Baly

Hotel-Restaurant Les Moulins du Duc

Port of Brigneau

Bank of the Belon

Belon riverbank

Belon riverbank

Belon riverbank

 

Moëlan sur Mer is a large municipality in southern Finistère in terms of the area it covers. It encompasses the market town but also 14 kilometres of varied coastline, indented by narrow wooded inlets known as Rias (maritime rivers, like small fjords, also called Avens) at the end of which nestle three picturesque ports: Bélon, Merrien, and Brigneau. Moëlan sur Mer is a meeting place for the vivifying air of the Atlantic and the restful tranquillity of the woods and countryside inland.

The geographic location of Moëlan sur Mer in the south of the département gives plenty of opportunity for excursions in River Aven country. Here you can go fishing or boating, or you can join an organised boat trip or cruise, a popular excursion being to take the ferry from the port of Belon to explore the Aven and Belon rias. In the afternoons, when the fishermen come in, you can buy fish and shellfish directly on the quay. Numerous little inlets punctuate the coastal path which runs the length of the commune, and there are two lovely family beaches at Kerfany-les-Pins and Trénez.

The commune offers seven walking trails totalling 150km as well as 100km of marked off-road cycling routes. For example, from Brigneau you can take one of two interesting coastal paths. The first, the Malachappe coastal path, follows the right bank of the estuary via Beg Moc’h to Kerglouanou and on towards Trénez, Kerfany and the mouth of the Belon. The second follows the left bank of the estuary and finishes at Port-Merrien, where you can buy oysters and other shellfish cultivated in this part fresh, part saltwater river. Belon oysters are considered among the best in the world.

There is a large supermarket in the town, as well as many shops, and an open-air market is held on Tuesday mornings. Visitors to Moëlan are sure to stop a while at the St Philibert & St Roch chapel, a 16th century gem with an interesting Calvary cross and fountain, and the venue for classical concerts in summer. Many other chapels can be discovered in the villages throughout the area, as well as some of the best preserved megaliths, or standing stones, in Brittany.

Visitors can enjoy a great number of festivals and events here during the season, and the town has a cinema as well as a live venue, the Ellipse. Midway between the cities of Lorient and Quimper, this really is one of the most attractive locations in southern Finistère.