The Pays Bigouden is a land of traditions to be discovered during the Festival des Embroiderers with costumes and headdresses. It is also a country turned towards the sea with beaches, water sports and shore fishing. Welcome to Finistère at the tip of Brittany.
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Pays Bigouden, beaches and traditions
Let me take you to a corner of Finistère whose beautiful scenery will sweep you off your feet and where you can have a relaxing holiday lazing on the beach, going sea wading or digging for cockles and clams during spring tides. It’s a great place to explore at any time of year with a partner, family or friends.
Let’s start with some traditional Breton games at the Maison des Jeux Bretons, a covered play centre with a range of games for both children and grown-ups of all ages, including Breton boules, quoits and lots more.
Pays Bigouden is an area steeped in traditions like the local costumes and headdresses which can be seen during the Festival des Brodeuses in July. But visitors are welcome at any time of year and the winter storms are an awesome experience.
Discovering South Finistère
Breathtaking scenery on the tip of Brittany
Take a deep breath and admire the impressive, unspoilt scenery of La Torche, a conservation area since 1965. It is also a world-famous, all year round surf spot whose highpoint is the annual Wave Games. Thrilling sensations guaranteed for surfers, paddle boarders, windsurfers and kite surfers. For a more tranquil experience, horse riding at La Torche is a great way to discover the area and, in particular, the Chapel of Tronoën.
After such a busy day, it’s time to stop off at the delightful little fishing port of Sainte Marine to walk around, have a drink at a pavement café and admire the view of Bénodet. Don’t miss the Thursday market at Pont l’Abbé with its local produce and stroll through the streets of charming shops to the Château. After a rest, walk or cycle along the ‘voie vert’ (traffic-free green way) to Quimper. It’s 18km so you may want to take a few crepes with you to eat on the way !
« What I love most about Pays Bigouden is always being surrounded by nature. The sun and wind play a natural part in everything, from spectacular sunsets to delicious picnics. »
During your sight-seeing trip, you are sure to pass a few Bigouden ladies wearing the famous headdress ! Pays Bigouden welcomes visitors at any time of year by plane, train or car. Take the Quimper exit from the RN165 dual-carriageway and follow the signs for Pont l’Abbé."