#1 The port of Doëlan
The beauty of the port of Doëlan, in Clohars-Carnoët, epitomises the beauty of the rias in South Finistère. Nestling in a deep, narrow ria, this authentic fishing port near Quimperlé is guarded by two lighthouses, one green and one red, which you'll have no trouble spotting! Take a few moments to enjoy the view - it's well worth a snap!
#2 Laïta and Bas-Pouldu
Just a short distance from the beaches and coves of Le Pouldu, the Laïta joins the sea. Its sandbanks are revealed as the tide goes out. A tricky place for novice yachtsmen, they offer a palette of colours that enchanted the 19th-century painters who settled here. And to get the best view of the port of Bas-Pouldu and the coast, take the ferry across the river to Guidel (every day in summer and weekends in mid-season).
Colours you'd hardly believe, oyster beds revealed at low tide, boats resting on the water, a staircase clinging to the rock leading to a small slipway, a natural setting virtually untouched by human habitation... the Merrien ria is one of those calm, unspoilt places where you could spend hours contemplating the beauty of the panoramas.
And at the end of the road is the port of Brigneau. Small in size, big in history. Now a marina and a starting point for kayaking or paddle-boarding, Brigneau has long been a sardine fishing port. The harbour festival and the installation of the aptly-named "Penn Sardines" food truck perpetuate the tradition of this site, which has been awarded the Port of Heritage Interest label.
#5 The Bélon
A name well known to gourmets! And with good reason: the ria du Bélon lends its name to the flat oyster, part of whose production is matured here. The oyster beds can be seen at low tide, or through the translucent water from the shore! It's a feast for the eyes and nostrils... Breathe in, breathe out!
Popular for their iodised flavour, Breton oysters and mussels are particularly appreciated by shellfish lovers. These dishes are synonymous with pleasure, sharing, tradition, conviviality and festivities, like the festive season or mussels and chips evenings with friends!
Whether served as an aperitif or on a seafood platter, they're always a hit!
A point of rock separates the Aven from its neighbour the Bélon... The same colours, the same atmosphere, the Aven is one of those rivers that must be explored from the water. By kayak or on board a speedboat, you can discover the atmosphere felt by Gauguin and the painters of the "Ecole de Pont-Aven" at the end of the 19th century. Soothing and inspiring.