From 1880 to the end of the 20th century, many painters, photographers and filmmakers got inspired by this town dedicated to the ocean, to the sailors, to its fish market…The many art galleries remain as an evidence of the dynamic cultural background of Concarneau.
THE “VILLE CLOSE”
Discover Concarneau and the medieval fortifications of its citadel! The so called “Ville Close”, a former stronghold of Brittany, stands among the calm waters of the harbour. Island nestled in a cove, the citadel is the cradle of Concarneau and appears for the first time in the local records during the 11th century. Nowadays, the “Petit Bac”, a small ferry, connects the citadel to the Passage, a former fishing district. From 1850, the city developed outside the fortifications with the installation of canneries in Concarneau. About a hundred sardine and tuna fishing boats and about thirty factories were carrying the local economy.
A little away from the city and the port, a new residential district of villas and hotels appeared along the shore when sea-bathing became fashionable at the end of the 19th century.
The arrival of the train in 1883 largely contributed to the development of tourism. Artists, painters or writers eager to discover Brittany came to live for a while or permanently in Concarneau: Flaubert, Deyrolle, Alfred Guillou…~
THE FISHERY MUSEUM
Discover a unique museum and dive into the fascinating world of fishery! A pioneer in the collection of maritime heritage, the Fishery Museum presents an important collection of boats, tools and models related to the historical activity of Concarneau. Come aboard the Hemerica, a real trawler docked along the museum’s quay! ~
The fishing port has had a considerable impact on the development of the city: sardine fishing, tuna fishing … Fishery is definetely part of Concarneau’s DNA! In the 19th century, the city spread out of the walls of the citadel with the installation of canneries. Today coastal fishing, shipbuilding and boating industry are the very core of the local economy. ~
THE BLUE SARDINES PATH
To discover the rich past of Concarneau, just follow the blue sardines ! From the Fishery Museum, this enjoyable urban trail will lead you through the history of the « Blue City ».~
PONT-AVEN, THE CITY OF PAINTERS
Pont-Aven is an adorable Breton town nestled on the banks of the river Aven that will for sure delight you with the charm of its colorful streets, the richness of its artistic life and the sweetness of its famous butter cookies! Once a commercial town ensuring the transport of goods between the river and the ocean, Pont-Aven became a meeting point of a colony of painters during the second part of the 19th century. Today, Pont-Aven follows this tradition and still hosts about sixty galleries and artist studios. ~