The Bord de Mer museum is at the entrance of Benodet, and close to the Tourist Office. It's housed in an old cider house. The museum covers an area of over 500 square meters. It's been open since 2006 and describes the atmosphere of the beach and boating along the banks of the Odet in the 1930s. Walking along the small rooms you can find a permanent exhibition which features some rare and unusual pieces from the city's past. Through their boats, their toys and beach games, you can discover how people in Benodet lived during that time. The paintings that decorate the walls of the ground floor rooms illustrate how the city was during that time. Photos, movies and unusual objects describe the story of the fishermen of the town of Benodet. The museum is open all year, but closed Tuesday and Wednesday outside the summer period. The entrance fee is € 2 and free for children under 18 years old.
The city of Benodet had a great idea to add a line for a tourist train (54 seats) for discovering the main attractions in the city. For 35 minutes and 5 € for adults and 3 € for children between 3-12 years old you can travel more than 8.5 km from city and coast. Exit near the ferry pier in the old port. But during its run, with numerous stops, you can climb up and down. The train is linked with the coastal campsites. It's a nice way to enjoy the holidays without having to take the car and find a place to park. The trip is made more lively by random commentary in English and French. This train allow you to learn more about Benodet history while walking the city and the cornices of the estuary, from the tip of Saint-Gilles to the fort of Coq.
If you want to find Benodet in an original form, I recommend taking the Bac Piéton (ferry) Picot. So, admire Benodet, its monuments and Sainte Marine Port. It embarks on Street Saint-Thomas, opposite the old port of Benodet. Relax in the ferry and during the time of the crossing (which only takes a few minutes), take a short walk along the Odet. Daily departures from 1 July to early September 10:00 to 12:30, and 13:50 to 19:15 (except Saturday and Sunday mornings). The trip (round trip) only costs 3 euros for adults and 2 euros for children. Load your bike, get off at Sainte Marine and go across the Cornwall bridge. From the top of the bridge, photography lovers can indulge and capture a wonderful view of the city of Benodet.
Benodet, Brittany whose name means "head of the Odet," is a small coastal town between the canton and the Bigouden Fouesnant. Benodet has managed to remain an authentic fishing village, with its many lighthouses. From Cornwall Bridge, linking Benodet with Sainte-Marine, is a unique view on the Odet estuary and marina, where tall ships dock. The old port is the departure point for boats headed for the islands of Glénan as well as cruises on the Odet. This area has many rocky headlands, cliffs, lagoons, small coves and endless beaches of fine sand perfect for sliding sports. On the coastal roads and rocky shores you can enjoy the peace and charm while walking or taking part in a bicycle tour. The promenade and the beach esplanade are energetic and fun during the day and night.
During the summer, I was lucky enought to be able to go with a friend to discover the many activities offered by the UCPA sailing (National Association of Outdoor Sports centers) of Bénodet. It is located about 15 minutes walk from the center of Benodet, at the edge of a white sea and beautiful lagoons. During my stay I had the opportunity to take some classes in kitesurfing and sailing. The center has 7 buildings, accommodating 185 people. Our room was equipped with two beds, a shower and sink. We could choose to eat our meals in either the dining room, on the terrace or outdoors in the tables in the center of the garden. The meals were a buffet-style, which I thought was very tasty, varied and sufficient enough to satisfy our appetite after partaking in lots of sport! During our time there, we also took part in theme nights in the evening. The environment and its wonderful atmosphere left me with very good memories of the place, it is definitely worth visiting.
For several years the town of Benodet has organized free summer concerts at the top of the fort during the summer festivals. This year, the festival began on July 9 and ended on September 4. During these three months, the city was the scene of many evening concerts (Fest Noz) and activities. Among the different artists and groups who attended, we were pleased to discover Archimedes (with Tyra Loopers as supporting group). This French-English pop group was founded by Fred and Nico Boisnard, two brothers from Laval, and two companions, Thomas Cordé (bass) and Guillaume Payen (guitar). With the first chord and the first light show, we were immersed in the ambiance. The two brothers, who write all their songs (in English and French) are true geniuses. And Nico, the singer, can play with words like they were a music instrument of their own!
This is a great beach club with a friendly atmosphere. Although it is not very big, it is my favorite at the moment. It offers all kinds of music and attracts people of all ages. The decor is really nice. It also has a terrace serving snacks. Also, if you end up partying all night, you can always sleep on the beach.