Monday 18 September 2017, 11:12


A celebrated coastal resort in the west of Brittany, Concarneau is a popular tourist destination during the summer holiday season. The local coves and beaches bring visitors flocking every year, but the seaside town is also renowned for its marina and thriving fishing industry. As well as being France's third most important trawl-fishing port, Concarneau sets the European benchmark for tuna-fishing.

Famous throughout France, Concarneau owes part of its celebrity to another defining feature – the medieval Ville Close. The oldest part of Concarneau and the historic heart of the city, the 'Walled town' is a fortified neighbourhood built on an island in the 15th and 16th centuries, and joined to the mainland by a bridge. Among the notable attractions within its ramparts are Saint-Guenole church and the town's Fishing Museum.

August is the busiest month in Concarneau, with tourists drawn to the annual Festival des Filets Bleus (Blue Fishing Nets Festival), an unmissable local pageant of dance and music. First held in 1905, the event is one of the oldest and biggest traditional festivals in Brittany, and showcases the full range of Breton culture and heritage for the thousands of summer visitors who attend every year.

Football The town's leading football club is Union Sportive Concarnoise, better known as US Concarneau or simply USC. Founded on 11 March 1911, they first climbed as high as the third division in 1976, just missing out on promotion to the second tier due to the superior goals-per-game average of fellow Breton outfit Guingamp, before returning in 2016.