Fishing – and visitors
www.tourismeconcarneau.fr. France’s third largest fishing port has landed itself a new source of revenue – tourism. In addition to mackerel, sardines, anchovies and tuna, Concarneau hauls in an enthusiastic crowd of summer visitors and offers a year-round attraction in its Ville Close. This old granite-walled citadel built on a rocky outcrop in the bay, and tethered to the shore by a causeway, has been fortified for almost 1,000 years. You can patrol Vauban’s 17thC ramparts, with views across the port and a jumble of roof tops; then wander into the well-preserved grid of streets.
On the main drag, the Musée de la Pêche (www.musee-peche.fr) gives an insight into the fishing industry by way of an admirable collection of nautical paraphernalia, model ships and tours of a trawler tied up alongside the dock. Meanwhile, back on the street, every imaginable Breton souvenir from pottery and striped sailor jerseys to plastic nets containing chocolate sardines pops up among the galleries and crêperies.
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