Vacations in South Finistère
Discover South Finistère
Southern Finistère, a territory with a rich heritage allows you to alternate between relaxing on the beautiful sandy beaches of the Breton coast to the cultural visit of the many cities!
Start your walk by visiting the Glénan archipelago, a real jewel of Brittany, continue by the port of Trévignon along the rivers of the Aven.
At 10 min from camping Finistère sud, visit Pont-Aven the city of painters. Charming stage of your stay in south Finistère. Pont-Aven, known for its mills, its port and its warm welcome, will know how to seduce you as it seduced the great impressionist painters such as Gauguin.
Pont-Aven can be visited on foot, by bike or by boat at your own pace and according to your desires. Wander through the picturesque streets, bridges and footbridges and stroll on the charming port of this city of art. A discovery tour allows you to discover the city, its history and walk in the footsteps of the famous artist Paul Gauguin.
To see not far from there : the chapels of Trémor and Sainte-Marguerite ; the art galleries and stores of craftsmen and painters ; the tide mill of Hénan ; the castle of Hénan ; the small ports of Kerdruc and Rosbraz ; the cove of Kerroched and Port-Manec’h and the thatched cottages of Kerascoët.
It is impossible to miss Quimper during your stay in Finistère, the capital of Cornwall! This old medieval city can be visited on foot and does not lack interest or charm, with its cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses, its Gothic cathedral and the walks along the Odet river.
Ideal also for a shopping moment … and why not with a souvenir of the earthenware factory HB Henriot or a sailor Armor Lux! All you need to make memories of your stay in Finistère Sud Tourisme.
Especially known for its traditions (headdresses and costumes, Breton dances, songs, music, gastronomy…), the Pays Bigouden in South Finistère is a must.
To see : The pointe de Penmarc’h and the lighthouse of Eckmühl; the pointe de la Torche; the castle of the Barons of Pont-l’Abbé; the chapel of Tronoën in Saint-Jean-Trolimon.
Going up towards Cap Sizun, the famous anointing of the Raz with its view of the Sein Island will offer you a great breath of fresh air!
The nature lovers will go hiking in South Finistère during their stay.
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Where is South Finistère located?
Finistère corresponds to the part of the westernmost part of Brittany, facing the immensity of the Atlantic Ocean. The territory borders the Departments of Morbihan in the south and the Côtes-d’Armor in the north.
The south of the department includes towns such as Concarneau, Bénodet, Penmarc’h or Névez – these destinations are the southernmost towns of Finistère.
Closer to the center, you will find well-known cities such as Quimper, Douarnenez, but also Châteaulin, Crozon, Plogoff or Camaret-sur-Mer.
What to do in the south of Finistère in Brittany?
Locronan, Douarnenez, Quimper, but also the Ile de Sein or the Pointe de la Torche are part of the inescapable places in the south of Finistère.
- Locronan, a “city of character” : Classified as a historical monument, the city seduces by the richness of its architectural heritage. Located five kilometers from the Breton coast on a mountain, Locronan is also a convenient starting point for hiking and biking.
- The Calvary and the Chapel of Notre-Dame-de-Tronoën : This is the oldest of the great Breton Calvaries still visible. The origins of the Calvary date back to the 15th century, as do those of the Notre-Dame-de-Tronoën Chapel. The religious building, recognizable by its rectangular architecture and its single nave, is a beautiful achievement of Gothic art.
- La pointe du Millier : Located between the Pays de Douarnenez and Cap-Sizun, the Pointe du Millier is the entrance to the Bay of Douarnenez. To access the Millier lighthouse and enjoy a peaceful beach of fine sand, visitors can take a hiking trail along the coast (the GR34).
- La pointe du Raz : Hikers can choose from several trails and routes to explore the Pointe du Raz and the surrounding sites. The place also offers breathtaking views, on the lighthouse of the Vieille, but also on the Raz de Sein or the Ile de Sein.
- L’île de Sein : Located off the coast of South Finistère, the Sein Island “stoically” absorbs the violence of the waves and storms of the Iroise Sea. The place is especially appreciated for its scenery could not be wilder.
- Quimper : The capital of Cornouaille is one of the best known and most visited cities in Finistère. Labeled “city of art and history”, Quimper is known in particular for the richness of its architectural and cultural heritage. Among the places to visit are the Saint-Corentin Cathedral, the fortifications of Old Quimper, the Locmaria district, the earthenware factories, the museums… The visit is also an opportunity to discover the Odet river as well as the castles, manors and parks that border it.
- La pointe de la Torche : The visit of the Pointe de la Torche allows to admire the whole bay of Audierne. The site is also the happiness of surf and kitesurf lovers.
- Penmarc’h : To discover the tip of Penmarc’h and the lighthouse of Eckmühl, it is necessary to go to the extreme southwest of the Pays Bigouden. It is also the occasion to discover the Sainte-Nonna church and its cathedral-like appearance, as well as the Notre-Dame-de-la-Joie chapel with its 16th century Calvary.
- The port of Le Guilvinec : Le Guilvinec is the first artisanal fishing port in France. Emblematic place of the Pays Bigouden and the south of Finistère, the site can be visited in particular at the end of the afternoon, when the trawlers return under the gulls’ cries. You just have to go a little further away from the port to appreciate the beautiful natural scenery made of fine sand beaches and rocky points. The stay can also be an opportunity to enjoy the warm atmosphere of the large traditional market of Guilvinec.
- Haliotika, ” la cité de la pêche “, at Guilvinec : Several activities await visitors in the Breton fishing city: guided tour of the coastal fish auction, boarding on trawlers, exhibitions, cooking workshops, fishing on foot, etc.
- Douarnenez : Located twenty kilometers from Quimper, Douarnenez is a city resolutely turned towards the sea, with four ports. Visitors here fall under the spell of its magnificent bay and its natural site of Plomarc’h, but also of the beauty of the landscapes of the Pays de Douarnenez as they leave the city.
- Concarneau : The third city of the department is particularly known for its Ville Close, a city protected by stone walls offering a breathtaking view of the fishing port, the marina and the bay of Concarneau. The visit of this city turned towards the sea is also an opportunity to enjoy the beaches and coastal paths of the Pays de Concarneau.
- Le Pays Fouesnantais : The Pays Fouesnantais is also worth the detour, especially for the richness of its natural heritage. The “Breton Riviera” offers hundreds of kilometers of trails and tens of kilometers of fine sandy beaches.