Pointe Saint-Mathieu

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Landmark monuments

By the sea or in the countryside, come and see our granite monuments: they blend in perfectly with the landscape.

PHARE

The Saint-Mathieu lighthouse, a local star

Does this silhouette ring a bell? If you haven't already, you may have seen the Saint-Mathieu lighthouse at the opening of the TV program Thalassa, the setting chosen by Georges Pernoud, who loved Finistère so much. The lighthouse is often open to the public, so why not climb its 163 steps and become a lighthouse keeper? During the Nuit du Phare (Lighthouse Night), a nocturnal tour offered several evenings a year, you can gaze up at the stars.

Saint-Mathieu Lighthouse
Emmanuel Berthier
Saint-Samson chapel
Eugénie Ragot

CHAPEL

The unforgettable Saint-Samson chapel

Saint-Samson chapel is a gift from heaven for hikers on the GR®34 and cyclists on the Landunvez coastal road. One day, you'll forget its name, but not the feeling you get when it appears on the moor by the sea, modest and solitary, but so solidly anchored, standing tall despite storms and superb in the sun.

MILITARY HERITAGE

Bertheaume Fort, at war and at sea

In summer, Bertheaume is told to you: a troupe of actors strolls along the walls of the fort, shaped by Vauban, and unfolds its history against a blue backdrop. The rest of the year, opt for a face-to-face encounter with this defensive island: perched on the coastal path, you'll overlook the fort bathed by the Iroise Sea, sculpted by the hand of Man and the elements. Your imagination will do the rest!

Fort-de-Bertheaume
©RM Coulombel
Kermorvan lighthouse
©Franck Gicquiaud

PHARE

The photogenic Kermorvan lighthouse!

The Kermorvan peninsula had to be touched, and a lighthouse built on this natural jewel. Man built it to protect sailors, erecting an elegant square tower at the entrance to the port of Le Conquet, one of the most recognizable of all lighthouses. The Kermorvan lighthouse can be visited, to the delight of lighthouse keepers for a day!

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MEMORY

The anchor of the Amoco Cadiz, so we don't forget

Remember March 1978? A dark month marked by the death of Claude François, followed a few days later by the sinking of the Amoco Cadiz. It was almost the end of the world. But we rolled up our sleeves and thousands of us cleaned up the beaches. The perseverance of Alphonse Arzel and his collective enabled the victims to receive compensation after 14 years of litigation.

Opposite the pretty port of Portsall, which has healed its wounds, the anchor of the supertanker and the museographic space pay tribute to the families and nature that were wounded. And help us to learn the lessons of the past.

The anchor of the Amoco Cadiz
Menhir de Kerloas

MEGALITH

The Kerloas menhir, a stone giant

Newlyweds, will you dare to rub shoulders with the Kerloas menhir for a happy and fruitful union, as tradition would have it? Unless love at first sight turns your life upside down at the foot of this granite giant hidden behind the foliage. The Kerloas menhir is the tallest megalith in the world still standing, despite the loss of its upper section in a violent storm. It measures 9.50 metres!    

BELLE DEMEURE

La Maison Cardinal, a journey to the Middle Ages

Place du Vieux Marché in Saint-Renan, the Maison Cardinal is a real eye-catcher. Even on Saturdays, when the crowds invade the narrow streets, it's all you can see. So we linger in front of this 15th-century mansion, now home to an excellent crêperie. La Maison Cardinal takes us straight back to the trading city of the Middle Ages, to the not-so-dark days when the colors of the market were already bringing joy to children. From a distance, you'll be able to take a picture of it; up close, you'll be amazed by its architectural details.

Cardinal House
Château de Kergroadez

CASTLE

Kergroadez castle, a green walk

"In good hope" was the motto of the Kergroadez family, who had this château built in Brélès at the beginning of the Breton Renaissance (16th century), and which can now be visited. The setting for family events (guided tours, escape games, treasure hunts, etc.), this monument is surrounded by splendid gardens and wooded areas, ideal for sharing. Take a deep breath!