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Fouesnant - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Finistère

Commune of Finistère, Fouesnant takes place on the coast of Cornwall, about fifteen kilometers from Quimper and ten kilometers from Concarneau. The Breton town thus forms, with Bénodet and La Forêt-Fouesnant, the Breton Riviera. First tourist resort of Brittany, it offers its visitors a natural heritage of exception including notably the famous archipelago of Glénan.

Very ancient, as evidenced by the menhirs found on site, the commune of Fouesnant was an important barony during the thirteenth century. But the most striking historical episode of the town was certainly the Nedellec affair. This revolt of 1792 was perceived as a prelude to the chouannerie of Vendée. A rural commune in the nineteenth century, Fouesnant benefited from the end of this era of the arrival of the railway. Today, the city of Brittany is above all a great tourist pole, notably revealing seaside villas of the beginning of the last century.

Very popular for its various beaches, the city of Fouesnant also unveils an important architectural heritage testifying to several centuries of history. Dynamic, the city of Breton is also the origin of several festive events throughout the year that seduce inhabitants and visitors.

Geographical information

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Latitude47.8937460 (N 47° 53’ 37”)
Longitude-4.0115270 (W 4° 0’ 41”)
Surface area32.76 km²
Population9610 inhabitants
Density293 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureQuimper (17.9 km, 27 min)
Insee code29058
IntercommunalityCC du Pays Fouesnantais

Nearest cities & towns

Pleuven3.6 km (8 min)
La Forêt-Fouesnant3.6 km (6 min)
Clohars-Fouesnant5.6 km (9 min)
Saint-Évarzec5.8 km (9 min)
Bénodet8.3 km (12 min)
Gouesnach10.9 km (15 min)
Concarneau11.5 km (20 min)
Saint-Yvi12.7 km (19 min)
Combrit13.3 km (17 min)
Melgven16.1 km (21 min)
Quimper16.9 km (23 min)
Trégunc17.5 km (25 min)
Ergué-Gabéric17.8 km (24 min)

Things to see and do

Tourist city of Brittany, Fouesnant has all the assets to attract visitors: beaches, wild coast, historical monuments and festivals of all kinds.

Built at the end of the 11th century and strongly modified during the 18th century, the church of Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul is an excellent example of Romanesque architecture. Classified as Historic Monuments in the 1930s, it features capitals decorated with acanthus leaves or biblical figures. The most recent elements of the building reveal different origins, such as the flamboyant style of the southern porch. Not far away, you can admire the monument to the dead of Fouesnant, realized very soberly.

Several chapels take place on the territory of Fouesnant, like the chapel of Sainte-Anne. Built at the end of the 17th century, it was modified in the course of the 18th century following destructions. Classified as a Historical Monument, it features a devotional fountain with a basin. You can also appreciate the charms of the chapel of San Sebastián, which dates from the 15th century. One can still see elements of the original construction in the twelfth century, in particular a window of Romanesque style. Inside, a finely crafted fifteenth-century holy water font attracts attention, as is the impressive statue of St. Sebastian pierced with eleven arrows and dating from the sixteenth century. The chapel of Kerbader, of the eighteenth century, and the chapel of Saint-Guénolé, of the twentieth, are also to be admired.

But the main tourist attraction of Fouesnant lies in its exceptional natural heritage. There are several remarkable sites, like the Glénan archipelago. Classified Natura 2000 site, it unveils an exceptional flora and fauna, like the famous narcissi of Glénan which bloom every April. On Cigogne Island, the fort has been classified as a Historic Monument, while Île Saint-Nicolas hosts one of the smallest natural reserves in France since 1974. Guided tours are organized throughout the year To appreciate all these natural wonders. But the archipelago must above all its fame at its nautical center and its international diving center that welcome many lovers of sailing every year.

With a coastline more than seventeen kilometers long, Fouesnant has plenty of sites to admire, notably through the eighteen marked out hiking trails proposed. In the wood of Penfoulic you will discover a tree giraffe classified tree remarkable, while the beach and the site of Cape Coz will allow you to enjoy the view of the sea. Passing a few days in this town of Finistère, you will also appreciate the dunes Beg Meil, Mousterlin Point, Mousterlin polder, a natural site protected by the Conservatoire du Littoral, the marshes and dunes of the White Sea, Île aux Moutons, an ornithological reserve off the Glénan Semaphore of the French Navy.

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Events and festivities

Several markets take place in Fouesnant. The weekly market is held every Friday morning, while the organic market takes place on Saturday morning in the Place de l'Église. During the summer season, between July and August, Beg-Meil also welcomes its market on Wednesday morning. In December, the city also offers a Christmas market.

In April, the Finist'aire festival of games is the opportunity to discover new board games in Fouesnant.

Every third Sunday of July, the town proposes its Apple Festival, highlighting its agricultural culture, as well as its cider considered one of the best in the region.

On the first Sunday after St. Anne, after July 26, St. Anne's pardon is organized in the chapel of the same name.

The forgiveness of Saint Guénolé is organized on the second Sunday of August. Also known as the feast of the sea, the event highlights the maritime traditions of the city.

Every summer, the site of Kerchann is the scene of the Festidreuz, festival of French songs. On the program, animations and concerts endiablés.


Glénans - west coast of the island Saint- Nicolas ( © JE)
Glénans - west coast of the island Saint- Nicolas ( © JE)
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Glénans - Île Saint- Nicolas ( © JE)
Glénans - Île Saint- Nicolas ( © JE)
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Glénans - Île Saint- Nicolas ( © JE)
Glénans - Île Saint- Nicolas ( © JE)
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Glénans - Panorama of the interior of the island Saint - Nicolas ( © JE)
Glénans - Panorama of the interior of the island Saint - Nicolas ( © JE)
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Glénans - Île Saint- Nicolas ( © JE)
Glénans - Île Saint- Nicolas ( © JE)
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Glénans - Île Saint- Nicolas ( © JE)
Glénans - Île Saint- Nicolas ( © JE)
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northwest island Beach Saint- Nicolas ( © JE)
northwest island Beach Saint- Nicolas ( © JE)
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Glénans - island Bananec view Saint- Nicolas ( © JE)
Glénans - island Bananec view Saint- Nicolas ( © JE)
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Narcissus capax endemic Glénans ( © JE)
Narcissus capax endemic Glénans ( © JE)
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Tuesday 19 september
Min. 8°C - Max. 16°C
Wednesday 20 september
Min. 10°C - Max. 16°C
Thursday 21 september
Min. 11°C - Max. 16°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Day trip in the Glénan archipelago
Nature and the great outdoors120 € Bénodet (7.9 km)
Visit an artisan pancake house
Local flavoursFreeConcarneau (8.7 km)
Tour of an artisanal seafood cannery
Local flavoursFreeDouarnenez (30 km)
Fishing trip in the Iroise Sea
Nature and the great outdoors28 € to 96 € Douarnenez (33 km)
Surf lessons or course on the Guideloise coast
Sports sensations35 € to 140 € Guidel (41 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Tour of the Small Sea of Gâvres
Village visitEasy3h30Port-Louis (53 km)


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