Campsite in Finistere
When you arrive in Brittany and visit Finistère, you'll be overwhelmed by landscapes blending the earth and the sea, unspoilt islands and historic traditions, heritage and local specialities, hiking trails and cultural festivities - so join us as the Gwel Kaer campsite, at the heart of the Crozon Peninsula and we will share our tips with you.
1 hour 45 minutes away from the campsite, you can visit Pointe du Raz, the extreme tip of western Finistère and a remarkable nature site, with a view of Île de Sein, and the Vieille and Tévennec lighthouses. You might well also like the less commercial Pointe du Van. And why not continue on to Quimper, 50 minutes from Pointe du Raz, and visit this city "of art and history" at the heart of Cornouaille? See the famous Saint Corentin Cathedral, a jewel of Breton Gothic art, as well as the Henriot pottery works or the Armor Lux factory with its famous marinière striped jerseys. Quimper is the cultural capital of Brittany.
In southern Finistère, don't miss the Ville Close (walled town) of Concarneau, linked to the mainland by a bridge, and with ramparts dating from 1300. From here you can see all the fishing port and the marina.
50 minutes from the campsite, you can visit Locronan, listed as a "town of character" and one of the most "beautiful villages of France". The superb granite houses around the town square bear witness to a rich past from trade and canvas sail weaving. Every Thursday in July and August the town organises an evening crafts and farmers market from 7 p.m. to midnight to delight the eyes and the taste buds.
30 minutes from the campsite, we invite you to climb Menez-Hom, the highest point in southern Cornouaille, at 330 metres – a breathtaking landscape on a clear day. You can see Douarnenez Bay, the roadstead of Brest, the Monts d’Arrée and the Nantes-Brest Canal. Along a marked footpath, walk as far as the Sainte Marie du Menez Hom chapel.
To visit Brest, nothing could be easier than to take a boat just 800m from the campsite and arrive at the Port de Commerce - you can also take a 55-minute drive to see the Cité du Ponant (“the Western City”). Resolutely turned towards the future, without forgetting its past and the bombing that shook the city during the war, Brest has a new face and will very soon boast the first city cable car. With its ports and sailors, its aquarium and botanical garden, Brest dreams of only one thing - delighting its visitors! The sea festivals taking place every four years are further proof of this.
On your way back to the Peninsula and before you reach the Gwel Kaer campsite, you could take a look at the Terenez bridge, which crosses the River Aulne and was opened in April 2011. It is the first curved, cable-stayed bridge in Europe, and as well as linking the Crozon Peninsula to the Brest region, it is the pride of inhabitants on both shores!
Your excursion to Finistère wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the islands of Ouessant, Molène or Sein. Leaving from Camaret-sur-Mer in season, or from Brest and Le Conquet throughout the year, these islets in the Iroise Sea will enchant you with their beauty and their friendly inhabitants. You should definitely delight your taste buds with a Molène sausage. Come rain or shine, during a magnificent sunset with the sound of the waves, none of these islands will leave you indifferent, so set sail because EVERYTHING STARTS IN FINISTERE…
Of course, this is far from being an exhaustive list and is just a tiny part of the pleasures and discoveries of Finistère…
- the Huelgoat Forest, its rocks and legends
- the Bertheaume Fort on the road to Le Conquet
- the Abers more often known as rias (lower valleys): Aber Wrac’h, Aber Ildut, Aber Benoît and the famous lighthouse of Île Vierge
- the château of Trévarez (the pink château) and its 82-hectare park listed as a "remarkable garden"
- over ten festivals in Brittany - and the enthusiasm of the spectators is very much intact! From the Fête des Brodeuses to the Festival de Cornouaille, from the Fête du Bruit to the Festival des Filets Bleus, from the Atlantique Jazz to the Mondial Folk and Les Vieilles Charrues to the Festival du Bout du Monde, organisers, volunteers and festival-goers are as one in creating these great events that energise Finistère - so let’s share in the energy!
- Lovers of painting are not forgotten… From the artists' district of Camaret-sur-Mer to Pont-Aven Museum, a journey with the greatest names in painting – many of whom have given us a "snapshot" of Finistère in their pictures.