If you are planning a stay at our beautiful La Foret campsite there are four sites which are certainly worth a day trip; Benodet, Quimper, Concarneau and Pont Aven. As they are all located in close proximity to each other, along the west coast of Brittany, you may even be able to cover all four destinations in one day.
Furthest north is the intriguing town of Quimper. If you are looking for a taste of romantic French history, this is the place to explore. With the impressive Gothic Cathedral St Corentin and both traditional and contemporary markets along the cobbled street of the old quarter, Quimper is a wonderful town to wander around.
Quimper is divided into three distinct areas; Locmarias, Bishops Town and Ducal Town. Locmarias is the original twelfth century heart of the town with medieval gardens and an ancient priory. Bishops town is home to well-preserved examples of medieval half-timbered houses and the Breton Museum, whilst Ducal Town includes the Place Terre du Duc and Rue Rene Madec which are wonderful areas to enjoy the café culture in unique surroundings.
As with Quimper, Benodet lies on the Odet River, which is described as the most beautiful river in France. If you would like time to enjoy the tranquillity of the river, you can board a boat trip along the river from Benodet.
This seaside resort is the most westerly of the four places to visit and its main attraction is its stunning beaches. This Breton village offers visitors a choice of four beaches, each with its own appeal and a seaside museum.
A little further along the coast is the town of Concarneau which is known as La Ville Bleu. Originally a fourteenth century fishing village, Concarneau grew in importance and became a small fortified city. Fishing remains at the heart of the town, which includes a seafood cannery and it is the perfect place to enjoy a taste of the sea.
The most southern of the four destinations is Port Aven, a town best known for its rich artistic associations. A rich artistic history has made the town famous, particularly the Post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin who visited and painted the area on many occasions. Along with Emile Bernard, Gauguin formed the Ecole de Pont-Aven and paintings by the artists who studied colour and symbolism in painting can be seen in the Musee des Beaux Arts.
The former mill town is also well known due to the popular Pont Aven biscuit. A visit to the town is not complete until you have sampled the thin butter biscuit or galette, which also makes a perfect gift to take back for friends and family!
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