A summer day at the Saint-Mathieu lighthouse

In all seasons

Pointe Saint-Mathieu: a day at the end of the world

The Pointe Saint-Mathieu in Plougonvelin is a place where you come once and always return. Let yourself be surprised by the very special atmosphere of this rocky promontory, also known as "Penn ar bed", the "end of the world" in Breton. The preserved heritage and the view of the Iroise Marine Park and its islands make this a unique, almost magical site in Finistère. Follow the guide!


Saint-Mathieu lighthouse

The Saint-Mathieu lighthouse is one of just five of the twenty or so lighthouses in North Finistère that can be visited. Built in 1835 on the ruins of an old lantern, it welcomes you on its walkway, where you'll see the Iroise Natural Marine Park, its maritime life, the islands of the Molène archipelago as far as the Ouessant rail and the Pointe du Raz. Come and discover its emblematic silhouette, where flashbulbs crackle!

Jules Michelet

There, the two enemies are face to face: land and sea, man and nature. You have to see it when it's furious, what monstrous waves it piles up at Pointe Saint-Mathieu.

Saint mathieu abbey


Saint-Mathieu de Fine Terre Abbey and Museum

The beautiful ruins at Pointe Saint-Mathieu bear witness to the intense religious life of this area since the Middle Ages. With its high cross vaults and Romanesque pillars, you'll want to use all your senses: the atmosphere is supernatural! Then visit the Abbey Museum to understand the history and admire this monument in all its splendor. 


Watch the 4-minute report on Pointe Saint-Mathieu broadcast on the France 2 TV news channel on December 1.


Where to eat and sleep, on site and nearby

Have all these emotions whetted your appetite? The first Michelin-starred chef in Finistère, Nolwenn Corre, who took over from her father, offers fine, inventive gastronomic cuisine. At Hostellerie de la pointe Saint-Mathieu****, discover exceptional services in spectacular surroundings!


Notre-Dame de Grâce chapel

Located at the foot of the Abbey, the Notre-Dame de Grâce chapel is the former church of the hamlet of Saint-Mathieu. The pretty arched porch dates from the 14th century, while inside, polychrome 17th-century statues adorn the walls. The chapel is open to visitors every day!

Pointe Saint-Mathieu is the starting point of a pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. This means you'll come across pilgrims embarking on a long journey!

Chapel of Our Lady of Grace
©Franck Gicquiaud
memorial to sailors who died for France
Eugénie Ragot


The National Memorial to Sailors who died for France

In 1927, this monument was erected in memory of all state, commercial and fishing sailors who perished at sea. The stele, designed by René Quillivic, depicts a sailor's wife in mourning. Inside the cenotaph, you'll find portraits of sailors who have lost their lives, including, perhaps, that of your grandfather... The path of remembrance that runs alongside the sea at the Rospects site is an invitation to meditate.


The 39-45 Memories Museum

When you enter this gigantic World War II blockhouse, you can fold your umbrella and feel the explosive climate that reigned at Pointe Saint-Mathieu. At the Musée Mémoires 39-45, thousands of objects, soundscapes and displays plunge visitors into the daily life of the soldiers and the war in Brittany, as told by those who lived it.

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The Pays d'Iroise's military heritage: your stay will be punctuated by the discovery of ancient forts, bunkers, casemates and other coastal relics that reflect the Iroise's strategic position, open to the infinite.


Pointe Saint-Mathieu on foot

Signposted circuit around the Saint-Mathieu lighthouse

A marked 4km walk invites you to discover the whole of Pointe Saint-Mathieu, its heritage and breathtaking scenery.


Walks on the GR34
Emmanuel Berthier


Cycling, sea trips, zip lines...

In and around Pointe Saint-Mathieu, a wide range of activities awaits you in close proximity to nature.

Saint-Mathieu Point

Pointe Saint-Mathieu, you go there once and you always come back.