In Benodet there are plenty of attractions to see and things to do during your stay. View the local attractions below for more information on the attraction of your choice and check out all there is to do whilst staying in one of our holiday lets.
Brittany is in a region of France located at the North West tip and its 2500km of coastline is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south and the English Channel to the north. The region is defined not only by geography but by its people, their traditions and their ancient celtic heritage. The Breton language is still widely spoken and its origin is closer to the celtic languages of their Cornish, Welsh and Irish cousins. Brittany’s expansive coastline is home to many fantastic beaches whereas further inland you can find valleys, forest, heathland and a network of rivers and canals. The picture shows one of the most impressive castles in France, the mighty Château in the town of Josselin. A truly fantastic place to visit, with plenty to do!
Benodet is a popular family resort town. Its superb, south facing, safe, sandy beaches have plenty of amusements for kids like trampolines and a water park. There are dozens of other good sandy beaches in the area too. The bay of Benodet has a large harbour used by pleasure boats and for watersports and sailing. Together with its lively beach and stunning views, this makes Benodet one of the region’s most popular destinations for family holidays.
The abundance and quality of locally produced ingredients lends itself to the simple Breton cuisine, which brings out natural flavours rather than concealing them with elaborate sauces. Fruit de Mer, Raw shellfish (including oysters), lobster, lamb and partridge are particularly good. The salt meadows of lower Brittany add a distinctive flavour to Breton livestock and game. Crêpes (pancakes) are a regional speciality and there are two distinct varieties: a sweet dessert crêpe served with sugar, honey, jam, jelly or a combination (eg suzette); and the savoury sarrasin variety, made from buckwheat flour and served with eggs, cheese, bacon or a combination of several of these (the crêpe is folded over the ingredients and reheated). They can be bought ready-made in the local shops.
In Brittany cider is frequently drunk with food, as well as wine. The popular wine, Muscadet, comes from the extreme southern point of Brittany, at the head of the Loire Estuary, near Nantes. It is a dry, fruity white wine that goes very well with shellfish, especially oysters. Great food and wine is a crucial part of the Brittany experience.
Just 10 minutes stroll from L’Orangerie site on the river Odet towards Quimper, Aquarive has a great swimming pool, complete with wave machine and a water slide of 70 metres. Several pools are available and are kept warm at 29°c and 34° for your comfort and warmth. Saunas, jacuzzi’s , cafeterias, enable you to spend one day of relaxation in the turquoise water of the waves, while admiring the unspoilt views of the bay of Kérogan. Whether you want to relax, exercise or be refreshed Aquarive is a great outing on your family holiday. Special discounts are available for our guests. Please ask at reception.
Manoir de Kerazan
Just minutes from the beach in Loctudy just south of Pont-l’Abbé, the stately Manoir de Kerazan invites you to discover the days of yore in a Bretton country manor house. A wing of the manor dates back to the 16th century and it is representative of the Second Empire style. This elegant family dwelling of great character is home to a prestigious group of paintings and a unique collection of pottery. You can also spend time walking the attractive grounds.
Take a leisurely trip along the river Odet which stretches majestically between Quimper and the estuary marked out by the Benodet and St-Marine. Here, nature rules and the influence of the ocean can be felt all along the trip. Wooded shores give way to forgotten creeks, silent moorings and great charming residences. Whether sitting comfortably on the promenade deck or at a table with a few local delicacies, keep your eyes open and let yourself be guided. Or take a trip to the Glenan Archipeligo and its string of small islands about 10 nautical miles out to sea. With fine sandy beaches and emerald green water, mirroring other exotic faraway islands.
Widely known as the arts and culture capital of the region, Quimper a major commercial city that lies at the junction of the Odet and Steir rivers. The maze of pedestrian streets offer ample shopping (especially for typical Breton costumes, dolls, wool and cloth items) and breathtaking views of the medeival city. Quimper is the prestigious home of the second-largest cathedral in Brittany, the Cathedrale St. Corentin, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and stained glass. See works by Picasso and Rubens in the Musée des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts Museum), or visit the Musée Departmental de Breton (Breton Regional Museum) for local ceramics and furniture. The Musée de la Faience (Earthenware museum) features a selection of works with the floral-stamped pottery designs that are native to the region.
Concarneau, one of the top French fishing ports is within easy distance of Benodet. This wonderful, medieval town is is also called the closed city, built around a fortified city built in the 14th century and reconstructed by Vauban in the 17th century. In actuality it is a fortress built on an island that is connected to the mainland by two bridges. It is very nice to roam the old, narrow alleyways. You can also visit the city walls and watch the fishing boats return from a day of fishing for tuna in the two harbors. The pleasure port and beaches offer tourists many activities. Don’t forget to visit the Fishing Museum inside the walled city !
Pont-l’Abbé’s name comes from a bridge (pont in french) which was built in that place, before the 10th century by the Abbots of Loctudy. In the 13th century, the first quay was built. Today the old castle from the Barons du Pont was transformed in the 18th century into an impressive building still retaining its 15th century bell tower with its thin turret. It is now used as a the Townhall and the tower contains the Bigouden Museum. Pont-l’Abbé is capital of the Bigouden country, probably the Breton region which has both the richest and the most long-lived traditions. Its most famous characteristic became the unique clothing and came to symbolise the whole of Brittany and sometimes France itself. Bigouden costume is most original and is still worn, for example, during festivals, where it lends a picturesque note to the scene.