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In front of Bénodet, Sainte-Marine

Sainte-Marine and l'Abri du Marin

“L'Abri du Marin” (Sailor shelter) of Sainte-Marine

Recognizable by its pink façade, has always been a place of life for the population (over seamanship, library, meeting room, exhibition, meals, entertainment ...). The place, now a museum, has reopened its doors to the public. The project preserves the cultural and maritime shelter offering an exhibition space dedicated to Jacques de Thézac and his works. This memorial has kept its soul. The atmosphere of the shelter is restored as it was in 1910, when it opened.

View on Bénodet

Sainte-Marine is opposite Benodet in Brittany south. The crossing can be done by Cornwall Bridge or by pedestrian ferry.

Sainte-Marine lighthouse

The lighthouse of Sainte-Marine is located on Combrit headland beside the fort. Located at the shore of the Odet river, it is called "feu de Combrit". The lighthouse in 1885: a fixed white light on a square tower gable of the main building. The lighthouse was electrified in 1943, and damaged in 1944 by German troops. It materializes, with the fire of Bénodet lighthouse, a north alignment, allowing to arrive at the latter port.


Loctudy takes its name from the monk, Tudy, from Great Britain. Fleeing his country invaded by the Saxons, he founded here in Loctudy, around 450, a hermitage. In the 11th century, the introduction of a new and important religious community, as well as building an abbey church, is an important milestone for the development of the neighborhood. After World War II, agriculture declines, and the city converts in maritime activities. Loctudy became one of the largest Bigouden port, for fishing as well as for the leisure related to the ocean.


“Ile-Tudy” comes from the name of a chapel built in the 14th century in honor of Saint Tudy. L'Ile-Tudy is a dismemberment of the former parish of Combrit and once dependent bishopric of Cornwall. Become a peninsula due to the construction of a dam in 1853, Ile-Tudy was one of the most important fishing port in Finistere. Now a resort, it hosts nearly 8,000 tourists during the summer season.

Pont L'Abbé

Historic capital of Bigouden land, Pont L'Abbé is the city that has the most historical interest in the area. Loctudy Monks are behind the creation of the city. The castle of Pont L'Abbé, built on a strategic position in the 13th century, now houses the city hall and the bigouden museum. Installed in the dungeon of the castle, the museum has a large collection of costumes, dresses and furniture.
Sainte-Marine : view on the Odet / The site of Sainte-Marine is the entrance of an estuary or aber (in Breton) in this case, of the Odet. In the Middle Ages, Sainte-Marine was a port specializing in the transport of Bordeaux and Saintonge wines to the Channel and the North Sea. The fishing community was composed of twenty families in the 15th century. The port is now mostly a seaside resort and a marina. A pedestrian boat can cross the aber to get from Sainte-Marine to Benodet in summer.