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Sail away !

Sailing off Pays Bigouden  © E Cléret Sailing off Pays Bigouden © E Cléret

The sea is never far away in Pays Bigouden and offers a range of different maritime adventures.

Hoist the mainsail

The water sports centres of Pays Bigouden offer a wide range of activities including catamaran and dinghy sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and stand-up paddle boarding. Simply rent equipment or have lessons to improve your skills. Week-long courses for children and teenagers are a great way to have fun and make the most of the beautiful Bigouden coast.

Fisherman for a day

If you’d like to learn more about being a fisherman, then head for Haliotika Fishing Discovery Centre where you can follow a day in the life of a local fisherman very closely.

For the real thing, spend a day sea angling aboard Soizen, a fishing boat from Le Guilvinec !

Exploring the islands

Set off for the beautiful Glénan Isles from Loctudy or Bénodet. Admire the beautiful clear water from the deck of the boat which takes passengers to the island of Saint-Nicolas.

The Ile de Sein is a little island off the Pointe du Raz. Take the boat from Audierne past the rugged coastline of Cap Sizun and La Vieille lighthouse which keeps watch over the treacherous Raz de Sein.

A memorable trip ! Don’t forget to visit the Isle of Ouessant (Ushant) with its lighthouses, living museum, mills and friendly islanders.

Take command !

Yes, you can ! Hire a small boat and set sail on calm seas. Be the captain of your ship for a day, under strict safety conditions, but on your own !  Discover the Bigouden coastline or go up the River Odet aboard a sailing boat or small boat which does not require a permit.  

 

For 'old sea dogs' !

If you prefer older sailing vessels and dream of hoisting the sails like an old sea dog, then climb aboard Notre Dame de Rumengol, a sailing barge built in 1945 ! A listed historic monument, the vessel is kept in tip-top condition thanks to a group of enthusiasts. The captain and crew will show you the ropes and take you to sea for a day to the Glénan Isles. The ship will be at Lesconil at the end of July and beginning of August. She will be followed by Le Biche, a historic tuna boat, for a few days.

 

Little trips for litle people

For those who are not fans of the sea, or who wish to take young children for a short boat trip, the passenger ferry from Sainte-Marine to Bénodet is just the thing ! Another little ferry runs between Ile-Tudy and Loctudy across the estuary of the Pont l’Abbé River, a nature conservation area, ideal for bird-watching, walking or rockpool fishing.

Practical info : Take your bike on the ferry and continue your cycle ride along the ‘Véloroute’ and designated cycle paths.