A commune in the Finistere department of department of Brittany, Audierne is a fishing village that has developed into one of north-west France’s most beautiful yacht ports. Village life is centred on the waterfront, with many cafes, bars, food shops and restaurants in which to enjoy the local cuisine. Holiday rental accommodation can be found in Audierne in the form of traditional French cottages and holiday homes that offer panoramic views of the sea.
The main shopping, eating and dining area is the stretch along the harbour, with a number of bars, shops, cafes and restaurants to choose from. Also on this popular and busy stretch is the tourism office, which has become accustomed to the increasing number of visitors to the Audierne, and can offer plenty of ideas those seeking a more active break.
Saturday morning sees the weekly farmers market, where you can meet the locals, brush up on your French, and buy some fresh and delicious produce to take back with you to your self-catering accommodation. The last remaining fishery in the town has now been transformed into an oyster farm, where you can sample some of these local delicacies, and take some back to cook with, if you so wish.
The majority of visitors to Audierne take short day trip across the water to the Ile de Sein, a tiny island 8km away that almost solely relies on the fishing industry to feed its 500 residents. Here there is a small beach, a museum and a restaurant, but many people go just to walk the 2km length of the island and take in the views.
The Quimper area in which Audierne is situated has much to offer visitors. Quimper itself (37km) is the oldest city in Brittany, and boasts a remarkable gothic cathedral that has an unusual bend in the middle. Closer to home, the communes of Primelin, Cleden Cap Sizun and Plozevet are within a radius of just a few kilometres, and each offers its own view of typical Brittany life.
The Finistere department experiences summers that are not as hot as other parts of Brittany, but also winters that are not as cold. This means that an enjoyable vacation in Audierne can be enjoyed at any time of the year. July and August are the hottest months, when temperatures average around 21C.
There are no direct flights from the UK to Quimper (the capital of the Finistere department), so the next-best option is a budget flight to Brest Bretagne Airport (BES). Ryanair operate a service from London Luton, and Flybe offer a number of seasonal routes. From Brest it is an enjoyable 100km drive through Brittany to your holiday rental accommodation in Audierne.