The Port City of Concarneau: A Brief History and Overview

The island of Concarneau, in Brittany, is considered to be the third main port of France. This way, this port is one of he most recommendable spots to visit while being in Concarneau, although this city also has several other interesting places to meet.

This island has a peculiar personality, and although it is of small size and can be visited within a few hours, it has some nice spots and landscapes to enjoy.

Arial view of Concarneau in Brittany, France at dusk.

The old city of Concarneau

One of the most attractive spots visitors can meet in Concarneau is its old city. This old city, locally known as Ville Close, is a fortified small area located near by the shore. This old city is very charming and full of great buildings and constructions dating from several centuries ago.

There are several ways to access Concarneau and its old city. One of the main ways to reach this place is by ferry. There are several ferries per day available to transport passengers from Dugensne. Another way to reach Concarneau is by the bridge which allows visitors to easily reach the old city.

The old walled city of Concarneau in France.

While being in the area of the old town visitors could feel like being transported to the past. The streets, buildings and general atmosphere within this area allow tourists to easily imagine how life was at it several centuries ago, although this feeling might be interrupted by the appearance of some modern shops and restaurants.

Ville Close

The central area of Ville Close has a pedestrian street where tourists can comfortably walk and observe the constructions at their sides. At the end of this street there is a gateway connecting it with the shore. From that spot of the shore it is possible to have a nice view of fishing boats.

The Musée de la Péche in Concarneau

Near by the access Concarneau’s old city visitors could find the Musée de la Péche. This museum is full of interesting objects and data regarding the island as well as about some other places in Brittany.

This museum generally opens from 9:30 am to 8 pm during summer time and from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm during winter time.

Map of Concarneau in France

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