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The 100 year old Eckmühl lighthouse

By the sea

 

Penmarc’h, which means ‘horse’s head’ in Breton, is a picturesque little town “at the end of the earth”, that is at the southernmost point of Finistère, in Bigouden country. Le Phare d’Eckmühl, the town’s huge 100-year-old lighthouse (dating from 1897, 65 metres high, with 307 steps), is a granite tower clad inside with opaline, and offering a 120 degree view from the Pointe du Raz to the Glénan isles.

Take a moment to discover the little fishing and pleasure ports of Kérity and Saint Gué. The fishing industry has been strong here since the 11th century, and in 1500 the population numbered twice its current size. After a decline, the introduction of canneries in the 19th century gave a new breath of life to the fisheries, and the commune then became the main sardine port of the area. The fish market at Saint Gué is the most modern in France, completely computerised and boasting a 5,000m3 cold room, and serves as a model installation for other French ports. It ranks 6th in the country in terms of the volume of fish which passes through it.

The region benefits from an exceptional micro-climate, and sky here clears very quickly of clouds… In the Bay of Audierne, do not miss a visit to the Tronoën chapel, one of the most beautiful in Brittany, with a truly remarkable sculpted Calvary monument. Inhabited since Palaeolithic times, the region still bears traces of this early past, including the Pors Carn dolmen, the Poulguen tumulus and the Kergedal menhirs, for example, which together form a sort of outdoor prehistory museum.

Also look out for the fields of flowers in this important tulip-growing region, as well as superb beaches and a magnificent natural coastline. Nearby, at Plomeur, is the well-known surfers’ haunt, Plage de la Torche, a vast beach where world surfing competitions are held, and where one can breathe in the vivifying sea air and be blown away by the wild beauty of the elements.