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Posts about cultural and sporting events around Douarnenez

Open Water Swim Series Visits Douarnenez in 2017

It was recently announced that the Plage des Sables Blancs in Tréboul will be the site of an open water swimming marathon on July 15th and 16th 2017.
they hope to attract 150-200 swimmers who will compete over several distances 1, 2, 2.5 and 5km.

Douarnenez open water swim club hopes to be well represented

For more information check out http://www.letelegramme.fr/finistere/douarnenez/nage-en-eau-libre-grand-rendez-vous-en-juillet-aux-sables-blancs-04-01-2017-11351660.php

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Concour de la Godille a Douarnenez

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Have you ever wanted to learn how to move a small boat without a motor in a harbour? Sign up between the 20th and 23rd of July for a lesson in the ancient art of the Yuloh or “Godille” in French.

For more information go to the Temps des Fêtes website: http://www.tempsfete.com/programme/activites-maritimes/godille-3/

There will be contests each evening from 19h30 to 20h30 and a grand final competition on July 24th from 15h30 to 17h30

What to do in May around Douarnenez?

If you are on the bay of Douarnenez in May, then it is imperative to come down to the beach of St. Anne la Palud for the Festival Breizh Wind. Taking place May 9th and 10th.

Breizh Wind 2015
Breizh Wind 2015

 

Then La Semaine du Golfe festival kicks off on the 11th of May and runs all week to the 17th with a jammed schedule of events.  The Morbihan Golfe is just south of Vannes which is 144km from Douarnenez.

Semaine du Golfe du MorbihanThis is one of the greatest opportunities to see one of the worlds largest wooden boat gatherings. Throughout the week there will be innumerable cultural activities and beautiful boats to see. This year the honorary guest is Croatia and they will bring their traditional gajeta falkusa to the festival.

Spring activities around Douarnenez

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Route du Sable Festival from Tregarvan to Chateaulin on the Aulne River

It is always fun to discover the region through community events centred around an activity. For eleven years now the community of Rosnoën on the Aulne river, just 43km by road (on the way toward Brest) from Douarnenez hosts a small boat festival in June retracing the path of sand barges bringing up sand to Chateaulin.

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Route du Sable poster

This year the Route du Sable will take place on the 13th & 14th of June 2015 and they have mapped out the itnerary with great viewpoints along the way. Or if you plan ahead you can get on as a passenger on some larger traditional wooden boats starting in Port de Tinduff and Brest.

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Map of the cirtuitfrom Rodaven to Chateaulin
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Boaters taking a break along the way on the Aulne river.
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Arriving in Chateaulin
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Port-Launay along the Aulne River (2012 event photo)

Tro Bro Leon cycling race

The  Australian online magazine has published some amazing pictures of the Tro-Bro Léon road race (it almost looks like cyclocross) in the region of Léon North of Brest in the Finistère of Brittany. The race takes place in April every year since 1984. Cycling is very popular in Brittany and has great participation in its events. Note that five time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault was from Brittany.

A Canadian won the race for the first time in 2012 (Ryan Roth).
If you want to check it out live next year, we have a house in Douarnenez which is only 1 hour’s drive away that is available for weekly rentals. (Contact me if you are interested)

Tro Bro Léon cycling race

The Australian website Cycling Tips has posted some amazing pictures of the very “pittoresque” Tro-Bro Léon road race (almost looks like cyclocross) in the region of Léon North of Brest in the Finistère of Brittany. The race takes place in April every year since 1984. Cycling is very popular in Brittany and has great participation in its events. Five time Tour de France champion Bernard Hinault is from Yffiniac in the Côtes-d’Armor department  not too far to the east from Lannilis where the race takes place. In other words although the Tour spends lots of time in the Alps and the Pyrénées for good reason, the heart of cycling in France might be in Brittany.

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Tro-Bro Léon cycling race around Lanillis in the North Finisère

A Canadian Ryan Roth won the race for the first time in 2012, with Guillaume Boivin also on the podium the same year in third place.

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Tro Bro Léon cycling race 2014
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2014 Tro Bro Léon cycling race
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2014 Tro Bro Léon cycling race

 

If you want to check it out live next year, the Plomarc’h Bleuniou house in Douarnenez  is only 1  1/2 hour’s drive away & is available for weekly rentals.

Tourism Resources for Visitors to Douarnenez

The office of Tourism of Douarnenez is a good start for information on local attractions and cultural events in the region:

http://www.douarnenez-tourisme.com/

If you are looking for information about the maritime trades or businesses related to the sea. The Maritime Federation of the bay of Douarnenez is your best bet.

http://www.baie-de-douarnenez.fr/index.php

July 24 to 27th 2014 Douarnenez will host its bi-annual maritime festival Temps des Fête:

In 2012 they had a record 1200 boats participate in the festival with over 100,000 people attending more than 60 shows and programs throughought the three ports of Douarenenez & Treboul

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http://www.tempsfete.com/

The municipality of Douarnenez is also a good resources for local events and attractions of interest as well as practical information about the city.

http://www.mairie-douarnenez.fr/index.php/cultureloisirs.html