Beg-Meil travel guide

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Beg-Meil is a seaside resort in the commune of Fouesnant in the Finistere department of Brittany. It is a peninsula with the Atlantic to the south and the Baie de la Fôret opposite Concarneau on the other side of the bay.

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France This Way review: The Beg-Meil peninsula is a particularly attractive part of the Finistere coastline with craggy coves and sandy beaches variously covered with scatterings of rocks and boulders making them very pretty.


As you walk around the peninsula the scenery is forever changing as the rocky coastline seperates the peninsula into a number of different coves. These are named and you will find "les oiseaux", "les pyramides" and "la plage Kermyl" amongst others.

The sea colour changes from turqoise to deep blue depending on the depth and whether it is rocky or sandy underneath and the rocks are often perches for various seabirds that live along the coast.

If you head up the coast slightly from Beg-Meil towards Cap Coz about half way between the two is a rock arch called the "Roche percée" which is a popular sight.

In the other direction the Kerler beach and the Maner coat beach have good views over the tiny islands of the Glenan archipelago.

Maner coat beach is also a good family beach with various beach activities such as beach volleyball and beach tennis.


There are some lovely coastal paths and the path from the semaphore of Beg Meil to Cap Coz is a particularly popular walk.

The actual resort of Beg Meil includes some hotels and some beautiful villas built at the begining of the 20th century when tourist interest was first developing.

The architect Paul Lagrave built the castle on the Bot-Conan estate which can be seen from the coastal path, and Charles Chaussepied designed Villa Ker Maria, Villa Ker Alar and Villa Paludes.

Beg Meil was also popular with artists and writers of the time. Sarah Bernhardt, Felix Huguenet, and Marcel Proust were amongst visitors who enjoyed Beg-Meil.

Many of the large hotels built for the influx of visitors at the begining of the 20th century have now been converted into appartments. There are also a number of campsites to welcome visitors to the area.

Around "la cale", a long concrete boat dock there are a number of restaurants and streets of charming houses including some with thatched roofs. It is also possible to organise a boat to the Glenan islands or round the coast to Benodet or across the bay to Concarneau.

There is also a diving centre where you can hire diving equipment in order to enjoy the wide variety of fish and sea life that like to live in the surrounding waters.


Attractions nearby

On the other side of the Bay of la Foret is Concarneau which is a lovely town with a delightful old town situated within ancient defensive walls.

The popular tourist town of Benodet is a little to the west of Beg-Meil as is the charming village of Sainte-Marine.

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

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La Forêt-Fouesnant is a small village with the third largest marina in southern Brittany.

La-Foret-Fouesnant guide
Chateau Keriolet

Chateau Keriolet

The Chateau de Keriolet is an attractive 19th century chateau near to the coastal town of Concarneau.

Chateau Keriolet guide


The long established resort of Benodet has a very scenic harbour for your promenade!

Benodet guide


Now listed as a town of art and history, you will find lots of interesting monuments in Concarneau

Concarneau guide


Sainte-Marine is a small seaside resort on the estuary of the river Olot.

Sainte-Marine guide


The important town of Quimper is also one of the most visited in Brittany, especially for the half-timbered houses and the cathedral

Quimper guide

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

Address: Fouesnant, Quimper, Brittany, 29170, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 47.8942, longitude -4.0108

Plan your visit to Beg-Meil, Finistere

Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Marais de Mousterlin: site of natural beauty (5 km)
  • Concarneau: town of art and history (8 km)
  • Parc botanique de Cornouaille: remarkable garden (11 km)
  • Quimper: town of art and history (13 km)
  • Jardin du château de Lanniron: remarkable garden (13 km)
  • Jardin du prieuré de Locmaria: remarkable garden (13 km)
  • Archipel des Glénan: site of natural beauty (20 km)
  • Locronan: most beautiful village (27 km)
  • Parc du château de Trévarez: remarkable garden (33 km)
  • Pleyben: enclos-paroissial (37 km)
  • Menez-Hom: site of natural beauty (40 km)
  • Lorient: town of art and history (44 km)

Market days in Beg-Meil, France

Regular market(s) are held in Beg-Meil each Friday.

A seasonal market is held in Beg-Meil on Wednesday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

The French version of this page is at Beg-Meil (Francais)