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)
The office of Tourism of Douarnenez is a good start for information on local attractions and cultural events in the region:
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.
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
The municipality of Douarnenez is also a good resources for local events and attractions of interest as well as practical information about the city.
I just came accross this wonderful historic recreation of the traditional collection of “goemon” which is a type of seeweed on the Brittany coast near Plouguerneau which is about an hour and twenty minutes away from Douarnenez to the north of the city of Brest.
Check out this beautiful facebook album on the historic process.
The demonstration farm in the Plomarc’h next to the town of Douarnenez was renovated in 2013 as reported in the Télégramme.
Here is a link to the municipality of Douarnenez’s website for the “ferme des Plomarc’h” programming.
The farm serves as a “gite rural” with a stable of heritage breed farm animals from Brittany. They allow free access to all the paddocks and the garden and during the year offer educational programming for adults and children.
A superb article in french on the history of the Plomar’h by Michel Mazeas. It is particularly detailed on the gallo roman period and sardine salting ponds that created garum.
Article by Michel Mazeas