Tag Archives: Brittany

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.

Route du Sable poster
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)
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Cycling in Brittany: the Véloroute verte from Nantes to Brest

320km of beautiful tow paths along canals

This is a beautiful canal ride called the Kreiz Breizh that connects the Loire Atlantic, through the Morbihan to the Finistère. The route design begins in Nantes and ends in Brest, it appears fairly easy to connect to other cycling routes that would end in Douarnenez.

320km of the total 360km journey are along the canal towpath through the countryside, far from the busy roads and beach-side destinations.

http://www.af3v.org/-Canal-de-Nantes-a-Brest-.html

Tourism Brittany, has published a full colour map book of the canal routes with all the information you might need to plan your trip.

http://fr.calameo.com/read/000001315a4af9c366225

The SMATAH has developped a guide for the Finistère portion of the canal with lots of maps and additional information http://www.smatah.fr/

Canal de Nantes a Brest

Beautiful photo set of historic seaweed farming

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.

Chargement de goemon sur la charette

Check out this beautiful facebook album on the historic process.