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Douarnenez - the best of Cornwall but with more sunshine!

The town of Douarnenez, which is found in the west of Brittany in north-west France, is as pretty as the prettiest of Cornish fishing towns, yet with the benefit of bluer skies and more sunshine. Glorious, with its quaint cobbled streets, coloured houses, fabulous beaches and sense of the maritime history which has shaped it over the centuries, Douarnenez is a truly delightful little piece of Brittany.

Douarnenez's islands, beaches and seafood

Taste the fresh sea air, feel the sting of salt on your face as you walk the fabulous clean sandy beaches that are the hallmark of Douarnenez. Sail to the fascinating little islands that characterise the area, or simply walk the nature trails around this western extremity of Finistère. When you have seen enough sights, taken enough exercise and spent enough of your hard earned cash in the craft shops and delicatessens of the town, you'll probably have worked up quite an appetite. Find yourself a table in one of the atmospheric and excellent restaurants, and treat yourself to the freshest of seafood, the most delicious of gallettes, and wash it all down with a glass or two of local Breton cider. Paradise on earth.

Charm and calm

Douarnenez offers both charm and calm... as well as having plenty of modern conveniences such as shops, supermarkets, restaurants, health and education services and lots to offer in terms of sport and leisure.

Douarnenez's maritime history

The maritime history is celebrated with numerous events throughout the year, with fêtes and festivals bringing colour and life to the town.

Water sports heaven

Douarnenez is a haven for water sports enthusiasts, and there are lots of exciting possibilities within this genre for you to try. If you prefer to keep your toes out of the water, however, don't worry, you won't find yourself high and dry when it comes to sporting opportunities. There is horse-riding, tennis, walking, cycling, petanque and even golf all within a short distance of the town.

How to get there

If you like to fly, it is simple to take a flight to Brest with either Ryanair or flybe, both of whom offer very reasonable rates from the UK. Ferry fans can reach Roscoff with Brittany Ferries from Plymouth. Rail travel will get you to nearby Quimper.

Property prices and availability in and around Douarnenez

Finistère is the cheapest of the Breton departments, but you will still find that property prices in such a desirable area as Douarnenez are on the high side. If you move just a little way inland, though, you will find that prices are considerably lower. Buying property in Douarnenez, though, should prove a good investment, as the town's popularity is still growing and there is likely to be a high demand for rental property there too.

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Douarnenez AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Douarnenez?

Douarnenez is situated in western Brittany, in the south-west of the Finistère department.

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Population: 15,827

Access: By air: Fly to Brest airport with flybe or Ryanair. By boat: Take Brittany Ferries crossing to Roscoff from Plymouth. By rail: The train will take you to Quimper.

Economy: The economy is now heavily influenced by a growing trade in tourism, which is taking over from the old fishing trade.

Interesting fact: The town is so bound up with maritime tradition that there are a number of great festivals celebrating this throughout the year.

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