Beaches, Countryside and Towns...

Penn ar Lenn is well placed to explore many beautiful and interesting places.  Listed below are some ideas you might want to find out more abut through tourist websites.

St Nic - Lestrevet beach and Pentrez Plage - 20 mins:  To Chateaulin, towards Douarnenez/Crozon, Plomodiern, follow signs to Plages - these are wide. gently shelving, white sand beaches with toilet facilities, small shops and cafes.  Lestrevet also offers sand-surfing (char a voile), fro, around 15 euros per person and having one-person or two-person vehicles so younger ones can join in.

St Anne de Pelud, Treguir and Kervijenn beaches - around 20 mins: follow Chateaulin, towards Douarnenez/Crozon, Cast, turn right at boulangerie and follow signs - St Anne is a larger beach with toilet, shower and lifeguard duty, Treguir has a small island to explore accessible at all but highest tide, all good for rockpooling.

Lac du Drennec:  1/2 hour:  Follow Loperec, Brasparts, Menez Meur, St Cadou: large lake for walking, trout fishing (4 per day max), artificial beaches for swimming, picnic benches, compost toilets, play equipment, sailing school, creperie.

Menez Meur:  Animal park, wolves, wolf museum (as above, around 20 mins)

Chateaulin: Cinema, small municipal swimming pool (caps obligatoire and no shorts: budgie smugglers only!), kayak school, cycle school, salmon fishing in season (licence from Chateaulin required)

Audierne -  1 hour - Chateaulin, Douarnenez, Audierne: Aquarive - aquarium and birdshow, mackeral fishing (also Douarnenez)

Locronon: Small, cobbled, semi-pedestrianised "petite ville de charactere" - artisanal products, eateries, night market.

Concarneau: "walled city" fortified island attached to mainland; shows. street art, LOTS of tourist shops, cafes... lovely but can get VERY busy!

Quimper: Small city, beautiful cathedral, museums (Beaux Arts, Folk, Faience), touristic, river, architecture - lots to see and do - indoor play centre, bowling, lazer games, aquacentre, go-karts.  PAID PARKING in city centre or head for Place de Providence parking.  Outdoor parks, skatepark, swimming, boating lake - follow signs to Creac'h Guen

Morgat/Crozon Peninsular: Boat trips to caves, sea fishing trips, standing stones, Museum to Naval Battles, Pointe de Penhir: spectacular coastline, wild waves, secluded coves.

Le Faou: estuary walk, pretty town - restaurants serve freshly harvested shellfish 

Huelgoat: Loperec, Brasparts, follow signs to Huelgoat about 30 mins:- tumbling rivers and rock formations, lake and cafes

Brest: Much to do!  Recommend Oceanopolis aquarium.

Chateau de Trevarez - gardens, exhibitions (head to N164 Chateauneuf de Faou)

Abbaye de Daoulas - follow N165 towards Brest - beautiful abbey, medicinal herb gardens, exhibitions

Chateauneuf de Faou (see directions above) - walk/cycle along Nantes Brest canal, cafes, pedalos, surfbikes

Parc de Loisirs - "La Grande Recre" theme park near Brest - bigger rides, "Bel Air" - near Douarnenez -  lots of inflatables, lake, swimming pool, pedalos, "people powered play", Parc Loisirs de l'Odet - zip slides, bridges, lake, inflatables, Boabub Park - Creac'h Guen, Quimper - treetop adventures

Markets:

Music Festivals (see websites):
  • Les Vieulles Charrues - rock, Carhaix
  • Au Boute de Monde - folk/rock, Crozon
  • Festival de Cornouille - Quimper
  • Chateauneuf de Faou - Jazz Festival
  • Don't miss one of the smaller and more frequent "fest noz" or "fest deiz" music and dances - traditionally Breton!
  • Plomodiern - festival of Breton dance and music
Eateries:  Traditionally, the French take a long, lingering lunchbreak with superb set menus (formules) in many cafes... it is rare to find much open in the evenings, but creperies are usually  good bet and serve savoury and sweet crepes from around 2,00 euros each (though gourmets may pay up to around 7!)  Apart from the wine which is often included, drinks can be pricey but you can always ask for a carafe de l'eau which is tap water in a jug, and usually free. Local cider is delicious and served by the "boule" - a large earthenware bowl, or the bottle.
  • 2 x takeaway pizzerias in Pont de Buis
  • Kebab bar - Pont de Buis
  • Saint Segal: Le Rapid - 11 euro, 4 course lunches with wine
  • Loperec: "formule" extremely good value lunches
  • Loperec/Brasparts: Chez Raymond - as above!
  • Port Launay - Guilly Glas next to the river: as above!
  • Chateaulin - many cafes and restaurants
  • Le Faou - many! (Your closest best bet for the evenings!)
  • Ploevan and Locronon - creperies