Visit Le Conquet (Brittany, France)
Le Conquet is an attractive fishing village (crabs are the most popular catch here) at the remote western tip of Brittany, in the Finistère department, where it is almost the most western point in mainland France.
Most visitors to the region are here to explore the cliffs, coastline with its rocky outcrops and islands that permeate this part of the coast, that has been less touched by tourism than much of Brittany.
Exploring Le Conquet
Start your visit to Le Conquet with a stroll around the harbour, to see the active fishing fleet and pleasure boats.
The village itself is quiet with a few buildings of historical interest, including the old stone house with a corner tower in the port (called the Maison des Seigneurs) and the 15th century Maison des Anglais. The remainder of the historical centre of the village is largely a huddle of traditional stone houses along the narrow village streets, along with a good selection of art galleries and restaurants - several of them serving very fresh fish from the local fishing fleet.
The main Church of Saint-Croix in Le Conquet was built in the 19th century - the arches in the upper part of the belltower are a common feature in Brittany churches and are not there for decoraion but to allow the wind to pass through without causing damage to the structure.
There is also a lovely beach towards Kermorvan called the Plage des Blancs-Sablons. (Be wary of the coast along western Finistere and always check before swimming in unsupervised beaches, since strong undercurrents are often present - the tourist office have a leaflet that follows the 'route des plages' which is a good starting point for visiting the beaches in the region).
Popular activities close to Le Conquet
The port here is the departure point for boats to reach the Island of Ouessant and the Ile de Molène.
The lighthouse at the end of the Kermorvan peninsula, built in the middle of the 19th century and still warning ships away from the hazardous coastal rocks, is another popular local landmark - although the lighthouse itself is not open to the public the coastal path here is very scenic, if sometimes a little bracing.
Also on Kermorvan is a military fortification called the Fort de l'Îlett, again best visited for the surrounding coastline.
See also the Chapel of Saint-Michel at Lochrist.
Photos taken within 10 km
Address: Conquet, Saint-Renan, Brest, Finistere, Brittany, 29217 || GPS: latitude 48.358, longitude -4.773
Map of Le Conquet & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Le Conquet, France
- Saint-Renan - recommended detour (14km)
- Camaret-sur-Mer tour dorée (Vauban fortifications) - heritage site (16km)
- Baie de Douarnenez - site of natural beauty (16km)
- Pointe de Penhir - site of natural beauty (16km)
- Conservatoire botanique du Stangalac'h - remarkable garden (22km)
- Brest - ville fleurie 4* (22km)
- Océanopolis - aquarium (25km)
- Plougastel-Daoulas - enclos-paroissial (30km)
- Pointe du Raz - grand site of france (35km)
- Ile-de-Sein - most beautiful village (35km)
Market days in Le Conquet: Regular market(s) are held in Le Conquet each Tuesday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Le Conquet (Francais)