Camping in Bigouden Country : travel diary

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Discovering the Bigouden country

Located in the extreme west of southern Finistère, its most famous symbol is without doubt the Bigoudène, with its high embroidered headdress. It has become an emblematic image of the region that you will find stuck on many cars.

But beyond the symbol, the Bigouden country is a land rich in history, with grandiose landscapes, that you will not want to miss under any pretext!

And if you want to bring home a little souvenir with the little bigoudène logo, you will find several A l’Aise Breizh stores in the vicinity of the campsite, in Pont l’Abbé and Concarneau.

Pont L'abbé, the capital of the Bigouden country

This small historic town, located 30 minutes from the campsite, is famous for its castle, which now houses the town hall, but also for the inhabited bridge that gave it its name. The proud history of this city can be seen in the facades of the shipowners’ and merchants’ houses, which bear witness to a dynamic past.

Every year on the second weekend of July, you can attend the embroiderers’ festival, a traditional folk festival that attracts nearly 30,000 people each year. If you visit the city with your children, don’t hesitate to get the Archicurieux game booklet available at thetourist office.

Visit the Eckmühl lighthouse in Penmarch

The Eckmühl lighthouse in Penmarc’h is the most southern point of Brittany. It is one of the most powerful and highest in the country. It gives an exceptional view to the visitors who climb the 297 steps that lead to its top.

The territory of Penmarc’h will also interest the budding archaeologists. You can see there
menhirs, dolmens and tumuli
which reveal the antiquity of its history. It is in Penmarc’h that the Museum of Prehistory is located.

Touring the island of Tudy

If you are wondering, Tudy Island was an island before the construction of a dike in 1852-1854. It was isolated from the mainland at high tide. The water rushed by the dune cordon, but also by the river of Pont-l’Abbé. Only a ford allowed to cross at low tide. Today, this commune has become a peninsula, with one side facing the ocean and the other facing the river of Pont l’Abbé. Discovering Tudy Island means walking on its fine sandy beaches, but also strolling through the narrow streets of its village built around the church.

To go around the island Tudy, follow the
the 7km route
proposed by the tourist office.

Follow the return of fishing in Guilvinec

Le Guilvinec is the 3rd French fishing port. It is impossible to pass by without seeing the unloading of the fishermen who return to the port to sell the fish, scampi and other shellfish caught at the auction. The sweep of the boats is to be observed every day, around 15:30 (the exact time varies according to the tides)

Visit Haliotika, the city of fishing, a living museum of fishing, where you will discover a fascinating world that will please both young and old. You will be able to attend auctions reserved for professionals, visits with tasting and learn more about the species of fish caught on our coast.

admire the surfers at La Torche

La Torche, or the surfers’ paradise… The spot welcomes visitors from all over the world, and is one of the most emblematic of Brittany. You will find a long sandy beach, the beach of Tronoën, a regular wind, and especially an exceptional setting! A walk not to be missed to enjoy the view and take a big breath of fresh air. The tip of the torch marks the beginning of the Audierne bay which stretches over 40 km.

If you are lucky enough to stay at the campsite in the spring, take the opportunity to visit the blooming tulip fields of the Kaandorp farm. Once a year you can walk through this colorful landscape as if you were in the Netherlands. An unusual experience that will guarantee you beautiful souvenir photos.

Pointe de la torche

Walking along the solar wind route

From Penmarch, take this tourist road which follows the wild coast on 77 km.

It will lead you through protected areas from the South Bigouden Country to the Cap Sizun. Along this route you will find 13 interpretation panels to discover the local history. It is a magical place to observe the migratory birds that nest in this natural area preserved by Bretagne Vivante.

Do not miss the chapel of Tronoën and its ancient calvary, known as the oldest of the great calvaries of Brittany. A little further on, you will find a large atypical building. It is the crusher of pebbles of Tréguennec, relic of the second world war. It was used by the Germans to build the Atlantic Wall.

Book your stay at Les Saules campsite

You like camping, but you haven’t found the ideal campsite yet? The campsite Les Saules is located in front of the sea in South Finistère. It offers you shaded pitches as well as comfortable and spacious mobile home rentals. Everything is provided for a pleasant stay in a green setting: a water park with slides, a restaurant, play areas for all ages.

Open from April to September, our family campsite is ideally located in Southern Brittany, facing the Glénan islands. You will particularly appreciate its direct access to the beach of Kerleven, one of the most beautiful beaches of the region.

It is the ideal starting point to visit the south Finistère, and discover the Bigouden Country.

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