Ster Beach - 'Plage du Ster' (stretching from Kerity to Guilvinec)
5 km of sand, all south-facing. This long sandy beach is ideal for families: people passionate about watersports, swimming, diving or even those who love to wander the beach gathering free shellfish. Often, the water is wonderfully flat, and it is particularly safe for children.
Pors Carn Beach - 'Plage de Pors Carn' (at Saint Guénolé)
2 km of sand, facing west. This beach is at the start of Audierne Bay, part of a protected area of natural beauty that attracts those who appreciate nature and wild, open spaces. The waves, on the other hand, attract surfers, kite-surfers and windsurfers.
There are swimming zones watched by lifeguards during the summer season on both beaches. For the disabled, there is the option of a tiralo (that helps you into the sea at Plage du Ster) and a handiquatro (to go out along the waters of Pors Carn). These are available from the lifeguard posts.
Courses for beginners or improvers (sailing dinghies, catamarans, windsurfing) and windsurf or boat hire.
plage du Ster - Tel. 02 98 58 64 87
plage de la Grève Blanche - Le Guilvinec - Tel. 06 62 63 56 20
There are also fun courses for those aged 4-10, such as outings to the reefs of 'Les Etocs', sea-fishing plus placing and fetching up lobster pots.
Kayak, windsurf and catamaran hire
plage du Ster - Tel. 02 98 58 56 20 / 06 62 63 56 20
Hiring a kayak or motorboat, or getting a boat licence
Loc Pêche Promenade
port de plaisance - Loctudy - Tel. 02 98 87 40 14 / 06 10 44 11 49
Sea-fishing, boat licences, outings to the offshore reefs of 'Les Etocs'
18 rue Marcel Sembat - Le Guilvinec - Tel. 06 17 82 48 56
Sailing trips (2 ½ hours around the offshore reef of 'Les Etocs')
plage de la Grève Blanche - Le Guilvinec - Tel. 02 98 58 56 20 / 06 62 63 56 20
Underwater club - Club subaquatique
Penmarc'h - Tel. 02 98 58 55 76
This club offers an all-year-round opportunity to discover the underwater world, swimming in the sea, and accompanied trips for the more experienced diver.
Surfing, kite-surfing, sand-yachting, kayaking
Ecole de surf de Bretagne
Pointe de la Torche - Plomeur - Tel. 02 98 58 53 80
Kerity - Tel. 02 98 58 50 43
Saint-Pierre - Tel. 02 98 58 60 19
Walking and hiking
From the Escale Bleue, you can get onto 2 cycle routes, based on old railway tracks so they are not too strenuous. They take you to the Plage du Ster, St-Guénolé or Le Guilvinec.
Whether you're on foot, bike or horseback, you can make the most of the 32 km of paths and walks that thread through and around the area of Penmarc'h. These routes are fairly flat and easily accessible, even for families. For a detailed plan of the area and its walks, simply ask at the Tourist Office.
Kerity : Wednesday from 9 to 12.30 am from 16th June to 15th September.
St-Guénolé : Friday from 8 to 12 am, all year round.
St-Pierre : Monday from 4.30 to 7.30 pm from 1st July to 31st August.
Le Guilvinec : Tuesday and Sunday mornings all year round.
Pont-L'Abbé : Thursdays all day, all year round.
Visiting the Eckmühl Lighthouse
Place Maréchal Davout - Saint-Pierre - Tel. 06 07 21 37 34
Purpose: this lighthouse serves the most south-westerly point of Finistère. Height: 65 metres - Number of steps: 307 - Range of light: 30 km - Illumination: 5 second rotation
Whenever the light is not visible, a foghorn is used instead.
Opening: 1st April to 30th September, every day from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm.
Last visit: 30 min before closing (visits not possible in rain or strong winds)
Guided visit to a fish-tinning factory
Conserverie Océane Alimentaire
Saint-Guénolé - Tel. 02 98 58 43 04
Visits in July and August Monday to Friday at 11 am.
Don't miss the tinned 'rillettes de poissons' and the crêpes (local pancakes)
Those who love fishing will love Penmarc'h and its vast accessible waters, open to all levels of ability.
Line fishing can be done in the 'zone maritime' (off the jetty, off the rocks of St Guénolé, and in Audierne Bay) or with a river-fishing licence (our region is particularly rich in salmon and trout).
As for sea-fishing, you can hire a boat or go out with professional fishermen.
18 rue Marcel Sembat - Le Guilvinec - Tel. 06 17 82 48 56
The French also love 'pêche à pied', which is when you take a bucket and go fishing on foot, walking out at low-tide to dig up winkles, crabs, prawns, mussels and other delights from the exposed sand. Do check with the local tourist office that there are no restrictions - then go and collect some fresh seafood !
The real fishing experience : to book, call Penmarc'h Tourist Office: Tel. 02 98 58 81 44
Saint-Guénolé fishing port is France's foremost sardine port, and the 5th French fishing port in terms of volume: in 2007, nearly 12 000 tonnes were unloaded, mostly langoustines, monkfish and sardines, but also pollock, ray and turbot.
The life of a port takes its rhythm from the arrival of fishing boats, the unloading and the fish-sales. Day after day, you can enjoy the spectacle of fish and shellfish being unloaded onto the quayside and ready for the auction: at 6.30 am, the sardine boats come back; at 4.30 pm it's time for the coastal fishing boats to unload their catch of the day, then from 7pm the sea-fishing boats empty their holds, showing their haul from the last ten days or more that will then be sold the following morning.
Guided visit to see the return of the coastal fishers
Learn about the port, the types of fish that can be caught off the coast, plus the fish auction. Tuesday and Thursday from 4 pm to 5.30 pm.
Guided visit for the return of the sea-fishing boats
Learn about the port, the types of fish that can be caught at sea, a film about fishing and the chance to meet some of those who make their living here.
Monday at 7.30 pm.
To book, call Penmarc'h Tourist Office: Tel. 02 98 58 81 44