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Country  France
Department  Finistère
Population (2008)  20,604
Local time  Saturday 10:15 AM
Region  Brittany
Canton  Concarneau
Area  41.08 km²
Arrondissement  Quimper
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Intercommunality  Communes de Concarneau-Cornouaille
Weather  9°C, Wind SW at 16 km/h, 77% Humidity
Points of interest  Château de Keriolet, Musée de la Pêche, Maison du Patrimoine, Plage des Sables Blancs, L'Île Aux Momes

Concarneau brittany north western france

Concarneau (Breton: Konk Kerne, meaning Bay of Cornwall) is a commune in the Finistère department of Brittany in north-western France. Concarneau is bordered to the west by the Baie de La Forêt.


Map of Concarneau, France

The town has two distinct areas: the modern town on the mainland and the medieval Ville Close, a walled town on a long island in the centre of the harbour. Historically, the old town was a centre of shipbuilding. The Ville Close is now devoted to tourism with many restaurants and shops aimed at tourists. However restraint has been shown in resisting the worst excesses of souvenir shops. Also in the Ville Close is the fishing museum. The Ville Close is connected to the town by a drawbridge and at the other end a ferry to the village of Lanriec on the other side of the harbour.

Concarneau ancient walled town brittany western france


In August the town holds the annual Fête des Filets Bleus (Festival of the blue nets). The festival, named after the traditional blue nets of Concarneau's fishing fleet, is a celebration of Breton and pan-Celtic culture. Such festivals can occur throughout Brittany but the Filets Bleus is one of the oldest and largest, attracting in excess of a thousand participants in traditional dress with many times that number of observers. In 2005, the 100th festival was celebrated.


Concarneau was the setting for Belgian mystery writer Georges Simenon's 1931 novel Le Chien jaune (The Yellow Dog), featuring his celebrated sleuth Maigret.


Fishing, particularly for tuna, has long been the primary economic activity in Concarneau. The Les Mouettes d'Arvor is one of the last traditional canning factories in Concarneau. Concarneau is one of the biggest fishing ports in France. Since the 1980s, other industries have arisen, such as boat construction and summer tourism.

The Ville Close separates the working port from the yacht basin.


Inhabitants of Concarneau are called in French Concarnois.

Breton language

In 2008, 2.16% of primary-school children attended bilingual schools.


  • Michel Desjoyeaux, navigator
  • Samantha (Sam) Davies, sailor
  • Guy Cotten, founder of a clothes factory
  • Stéphane Guivarc'h, French footballer, won the FIFA World Cup 1998 with the French national side
  • Théophile Deyrolle and Alfred Guillou, founders of the Concarneau Art Colony.
  • Valérie Hermann President of Ralph Lauren
  • International relations

  • Bielefeld, Germany since 1969
  • M'bour, Senegal since 1974
  • Penzance, United Kingdom since 1982
  • References

    Concarneau Wikipedia