Shoals of fishing fleetsâ€¦ and yachts
Such was the beauty of Brittanyâ€™s numerous traditional fishing ports that once the tourists began to arrive, many doubled as resorts. Next, a number of totally new resorts arose in prime beach locations and then along came a spate of marinas offering berths in one of the most famous sailing destinations in the world, producing many of the planetâ€™s greatest sailors.
A fishing business
Today, technology has eased the Breton fishermanâ€™s hard lot. At Haliotika in Le Guilvinec, learn about how the industry now works, in this, one of the FinistĂ¨reâ€™s exceptional collection of fishing ports, going from Roscoff round to Concarneau via Douarnenez â€“ the last two with a brace of the best Breton fishing museums. While fleets have dwindled, you can still find working ports all around the Breton shores; some specialise in shellfish, like Cancale, those of the Bay of St-Brieuc or in the Golfe du Morbihan. At Quiberon, visit the traditional canneries.
After the end of 19th-century warring, gorgeous villas sprouted up in some of Brittanyâ€™s prettiest coastal spots; Dinard perhaps offers the finest examples of Belle Epoque buildings. Resorts like Carantec, Locquirec and Perros-Guirec developed on glorious peninsulas on the north coast, while others like Le Val-AndrĂ© and Sables dâ€™Or-les-Pins exploited tremendous bays. Many Breton resorts have an irresistible old-world charm to them, like BĂ©nodet or Carnac.
Maritime gatherings and trips
Douarnenez and Brest host staggering gatherings of old boats. Gasp at racing yachts at Lorient and La TrinitĂ©-sur-Mer, the former with a great new sailing tourist sight, the CitĂ© de la Voile, the latter renowned for regattas. Saint-Malo too serves as point of departure for big sailing races. You can enjoy boat trips from most of Brittanyâ€™s ports and resorts, with fishermen, in historic boats, or on a mini-cruise to an island. Find out more about the unforgettable Brittany Experiences.
The Route du Rhum
Join the unique atmosphere of the Route du Rhumâ€™s celebrations in Saint-Malo from the 25th October to the 2nd November 2014 ! The Route du Rhum is one of the most popular sportive and maritime events in France. Since its first edition, the magic of this transatlantic sailing race operates from its departure point in Saint-Malo. Every four years, the marine fantasy enters into the streets of the old walled city. Visitors are invited to share the dream of absolute of those single-handed sailors dressed to face an ocean of rare intensity.