Merged since 2016 with the city of Esquibien, Audierne draws the contours of its city nestled at the foot of a hill on the estuary of the Goyen. Facing it, the immensity of the ocean extends far away with the horizon. The fishing port, now very active in the marina, was specialized in sardines. For a long time, fishing and international maritime trade, notably with Belgium and England, have been the main activity. Beginning in 1900, lace workshops opened up and replaced fishing in the midst of a crisis. But fishermen do not give up and go fishing for lobster, lobster and spider crab. Now the economy of the city is based on tourism. And the city is not lacking in assets for this. A long sandy beach just 1,500 meters from the urban area, the Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop and the charm of the alleys escaping into the hills... everything is gathered to recharge and enjoy the water activities in a setting Of postcard.
Sublime sites await you at Audierne. Starting with the Pointe du Raz, a place with striking beauty between a steep coastline, the lighthouse of the Vieille, an impetuous ocean where the island of Sein stretches a few cables away, and between the pitfalls, Lighthouse of Ar-Men. Nature, wild and rebellious, lets all its power and majesty explode. Site Natura 2000 and protected by the Conservatoire du Littoral, the Pointe du Raz is truly magnificent. On foot or by bike, walk along the coastal paths, let the spray beat your face and admire the splendor of the place. Guests can rent electrically-assisted bicycles opposite the landing stage for Sein Island. Moreover, embark from the port of Sainte-Evette, patron saint of the fishermen, to go on the island of Sein and have another point of view on this emblematic point. There, a landscape as flat as the hand of a nature hardly tame punctuated with lighthouses awaits you. Between beaches and shelter, life is enjoyed to the rhythm of the ocean.
The walk in the heritage of Audierne promises to be rich in discoveries. On the one hand, the maritime heritage offers to the sight of the impossible to circumvent sites like the footbridge of the Capuchins and the towpath and the Cap Sizun. The architectural heritage is discovered in the streets of the city. And it is during your walk that you arrive at the Saint-Raymond church, built on the moat of the old castle, and sporting a very high bell tower of Gothic style. An old house dating from the 15th century to a typical farm planted on the heights of Audierne, the walk takes shape as a trip in the past.
The ocean allows you a multitude of nautical activities. In addition to yachting, you can practice scuba diving, paddle or surfing. The ocean is also found in the city at the Aquashow. It is more than 50 aquariums gathering various species of fish and many birds that await you for a unique spectacle.
Culture is not forgotten at Audierne. You can visit Art Ria, a contemporary art space where each exhibit is renewed every month, and the Cape Sizun maritime museum, which tells the story of the local maritime history.
On horseback between July and August, you can attend the Festival of Arts of the Pointe. During a small month, many exhibitions of contemporary art flourish in Audierne in free access. At the same time, the music festival, with its concerts, is in full swing. Mélomanes and lovers of painting will find their happiness there.
The last week of August stands Saint-Raymond's Pardon. It is then that the fair carnival settles in Audierne. You can enjoy the attractions for four days and enjoy donuts and cotton candy in a festive atmosphere. A firework display closes the party.
During the summer, you will also have the opportunity to discover the night market in Esquibien.
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