The Crozon Peninsula

I woke feeling better, the drugs were definitely working! So we set off to explore the Crozon Peninsula and walk along the coast.The Térénez Bridge  over the Aulne River was stunning! It reminded me of the Calatrava Bridge I had seen last autumn, in Galicia. We drove through narrow roads along the coast, with frequent views of river, sea, mist, cows – very pretty.

Terenez Bridge over the Aulne River
Terenez Bridge over the Aulne River
The coast along the north of the Crozon Peninsula
The coast along the north of the Crozon Peninsula

We parked in Camaret-sur-Mer and set off along the coastal path in company with lots of other people, all of us bent on enjoying the warm weather and wonderful views.

Camaret-sur-Mer harbour, beach, and Vauban Tower
Camaret-sur-Mer harbour, beach, and Vauban Tower
German Gun Battery, WWII, at Camaret
German Gun Battery, WWII, at Camaret
On the headland above Camaret-sur-Mer, looking towards Brest
On the headland above Camaret-sur-Mer, looking towards Brest
The coastal path at Camaret-sur-Mer
The coastal path at Camaret-sur-Mer
Looking towards the Pointe de Toulinguet
Looking towards the Pointe de Toulinguet
Looking towards America!
Looking towards America!

Saint-Pol-Roux (1861-1940) was a poet who settled in Camaret and built this manor house overlooking the sea.

The ruins of Saint-Pol-Roux' s Manor House
Looking towards the Pointe de Toulinguet

Saint-Pol-Roux information

And so back to Camaret sur Mer. Today this is a holiday resort but it wasn’t always so. The Tour Vauban overlooking the harbour was built in 1696 as part of the coastal defence system for France, protecting the harbours of Camaret and Brest. And in WWII the area was heavily fortified as part of the Atlantic Wall by the German army. Camaret was also France’s biggest crayfish and sardine port until the 1960s, but which time I assume there had been over-fishing.

The harbour at Camaret-sur-Mer
The harbour at Camaret-sur-Mer

Camaret-sur-Mer

You may be interested in
The Battle of the Atlantic
The fishing industry of Camaret
The history of the fishing industry and its boats in Camaret

 

 

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