Facing the open sea

A port in the heart of Audierne Bay

Beautiful white facades, tree-lined hills, quaysides firmly focused on fishing and sailing: for anyone who loves the salty sparkle of the Atlantic coast, Audierne is the quintessential Breton port.

Located at the mouth of a river that spills out into the big, blue ocean, this port has a unique location at an unmissable crossroads in the Cap-Sizun, leading west to the Pointe du Raz and east to the historic market town of Pont-Croix, yet it invites us to pause and linger longer.

Audierne, a stone’s throw from Douarnenez and Quimper

Here, it all began twenty centuries ago. The architecture and layout of Audierne today reveals the rich and lively history of the town, whose history is directly linked to maritime activity.

On a first visit, Audierne offers a different side of its personality depending on where you arrive. From the top of the hill, you’ll see its sinuous, winding streets; from the quayside, you might think you’re at the front of a large harbour town. 

Whatever your starting point, you can take your time to explore the narrow side streets, climb the cobbles, discover the churches that perch on the highest levels, try its cafés, bars and restaurants venture into the shops, enjoy the coming and going of the fishing boats then follow the coast all the way to the jetty of Raoulic.

Audierne, a little seaside resort

Just beyond the town centre, you’ll find the fabulous beach of Trescadec, which opens onto Audierne Bay. The light here is absolutely incredible, the waters are crystal clear, the sand is fine and there are lifeguards in summer so you can really relax and enjoy the beach.

On offer: lazing and sunbathing, beach-volleyball or beach soccer for the more energetic, and even watersports. Audierne beach runs as far as the Sainte Evette jetty, where you can catch a boat to the île de Sein - the final stop before the never-ending ocean takes over.