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Audierne travel guide

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Visit Audierne (Brittany, France)

Audierne is a harbour resort and active fishing centre on the Cap Sizun peninsula of south-west Finistere, a short distance south-west of Pont-Croix. The main port and centre of the town are on the estuary of the River Goyen

The town is a popular harbour and leisure resort with visitors to western Brittany, both for the town itself and for the easy access it provides to beaches and the impressive coastal scenery of western Finistere.

Exploring Audierne

port in Audierne

Within Audierne the centre of activity, and the focus of your visit, is around the estuary, the harbour and the sea front, lined with impressive 17th-18th century houses built by the merchants who once supplied arms to the French navy.

Guided tours of the town are available during the summer - ask for details of times at Audierne tourist office (on Place de la Liberté, next to the harbour). Other times of year they can provide a leaflet showing a suggested route for exploring the highlights.

Highlights here include the walkway known as the 'Chemin de halage', a pathway to the south of the town that crosses a section of the harbour and makes for a lovely promenade in the early evening.

Audierne Beach

Of course, at some point during your visit you will want to go to the beach! Audierne has a lovely and very long sandy beach called the Plage de Trescadec where various activities are available. The beach is supervised during the summer.

Away from the harbour you can explore the streets of the historic town, and also find plenty of shops and restaurants. You can also see the sturdy granite Church of Saint Raymond, built in the 17th century on the site of an ancient castle - see which of your children can be first to find all three of the carvings of boats that decorate the outside of the church.

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The natural environment can further be appreciated in the Parc des Capucins, a well-maintained and well planted park area towards the south of Audierne, and the more extensive wooded area to the north of the town.

Near to Audierne

pointe du raz

The highlights around this remote part of western Finistere are largely based around the chance to enjoy the lovely coastal scenery.

Particularly notable near Audierne is the Pointe de Raz, a listed 'Grand Site of France' and a dramatic section of coast jutting out into the Atlantic, at the western end of Cap Sizun.

The Reserve de Cap Sizun is a section of coastline that is now protected and features beautiful and dramatic coastline, and a wide variety of flora and fauna, especially sea birds.

Away from the coast it is very pleasant to cycle or canoe along the Goyen river towards Pont-Croix, and a little further west we also highly recommend a trip to the town of Quimper, one of our favourite historic towns in Brittany.

You can find more travel ideas in the Finistere guide and the Brittany guide.

See also: 

Map of Audierne and places nearby

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Pont-Croix

Pont-Croix

The Collegiale Church of Notre-Dame de Roscudon and the narow surrounding streets are the highlight of your visit to Pont-Croix

Pont-Croix guide
Ile-de-Sein

Ile-de-Sein

As well as lovely scenery you will also enjoy exploring the village on the remote island of Ile-de-Sein, now listed among the most beautiful villages in France

Ile-de-Sein guide
Douarnenez

Douarnenez

Tourism based around the beaches and pleasure port have largely overtaken fishing as the principal industry at Douarnenez

Douarnenez guide
Morgat

Morgat

The long sandy beach at Morgat has been the centre of activity here for more than 100 years, since the resort was first established

Morgat guide
Crozon

Crozon

The Crozon peninsula in western Brittany has an ideal combination of villages, coastline and beaches

Crozon guide
Locronan

Locronan

Locronan, listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France' is one of our favourite villages in Britany

Locronan guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Finistere

Address: Audierne, Pont-Croix, Quimper, Brittany, 29770, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 48.025, longitude -4.54056

Plan your visit to Audierne, Finistere

Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Ile-de-Sein: most beautiful village (15 km)
  • Pointe du Raz: grand site of france (15 km)
  • Pointe de Penhir: site of natural beauty (26 km)
  • Baie de Douarnenez: site of natural beauty (26 km)
  • Locronan: most beautiful village (26 km)
  • Camaret-sur-Mer tour dorée (Vauban fortifications): heritage site (29 km)
  • Argol: enclos-paroissial (30 km)
  • Menez-Hom: site of natural beauty (31 km)
  • Parc botanique de Cornouaille: remarkable garden (32 km)
  • Quimper: town of art and history (33 km)
  • Jardin du château de Lanniron: remarkable garden (33 km)
  • Jardin du prieuré de Locmaria: remarkable garden (33 km)

Market days in Audierne, France

Regular market(s) are held in Audierne each Wednesday & Saturday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

The French version of this page is at Audierne (Francais)

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