The town of Fouesnant-Les Glénan
The town of Fouesnant-Les Glénan has nearly 10,000 inhabitants, and 40,000 in the summer! This seaside resort town also has a rich natural environment. The town has 17 km coastline, including 14 km of sand beaches, and five main attractions: downtown, Beg-Meil, Cap-Coz, Mousterlin and the Glénan Archipelago (Natura 2000 site). There are sports, recreation and cultural activities available all year round, organized by the town’s nearly 150 associations.
The town also has over 100 kilometers of marked hiking trails, where you can explore natural sites such as the Penfoulic woods, the Mousterlin polder, the Mer Blanche lagoon, the Beg Meil dunes, Mousterlin and much more. Fouesnant is located between Bénodet and Concarneau in southern Finistère. It has an exceptional coastline, beloved by tourists. Here, sea and nature collide. Fouesnant has a variety of tourist and cultural activities, organized by the Tourist Office. The nature walks on land and sea are very popular.
The districts of Fouesnant-Les Glénan
The theater has a full season of shows all year round, and the Fouesnant Cornwall Nautical Center near Cap Coz beach gives lessons to young children each year. One day, maybe they will become sea experts!
Fouesnant has also preserved its secular traditions such as the annual Apple Festival, held in July. There is a regional cider and apple juice competition, the Ar pintiged Foen Celtic circle and the oven festival dedicated to traditional bread-making at Kerbader chapel! Cap-Coz is the district that connects downtown to the sea. It is now a residential district with a long, sand beach that faces La Forêt-Fouesnant Bay. There are many hotels and tourist residences in Cap-Coz. This long stretch of land is also home to a mudflat very rich in rare birds (grey herons, terns, brant geese, etc.), a favorite with ornithologists!
The tourist district of Beg-Meil is another satellite district of Fouesnant. It was a holiday destination for the rich bourgeois during the 20th century and still retains its authentic character. This is the most touristic part of Fouesnant. In the summer, it bustles with many visitors, then calms down in the winter. To the east is the Pointe de Mousterlin headland. Until the beginning of the 20th century, a series of dunes separated the marshes of Fouesnant from the sea. In 1926, an industrialist built a dyke to reclaim some 120 hectares from the sea in the form of a polder. The goal was to increase the agricultural surface area of Fouesnant, but the sea water kept getting through, creating a lagoon where both fresh and saltwater fish come to reproduce. The Mousterlin polder in Fouesnant was taken over by the Conservatoire du littoral (Coastline Conservancy) in 1982.