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Ports abris

Ouest Cornouaille’s makeshift ports known as ports abris are little ports that may only offer boats the most basic amenities but that make good use of the natural shelters to be found in the coves amidst the cliffs of Cap Sizun.

There are a dozen ports abris you can discover on a special trail, by bike or by car, following the web of lanes in Cap Sizun. The basic infrastructure at these ports was ingeniously developed down the generations and bears witness to the history of tough sailors working in an extreme environment – to protect their boats from storms, they would hoist them up onto the rocks.

The diminutive, delightful port of Pors-Poulhan was set up at the start of the 20th century, on the frontier between Cap Sizun and the Pays Bigouden. A statue by sculptor René Quilivic, of a Bigoudène girl in her traditional dress, including her tall headdress, watches over the fishermen’s boats and yachts sheltered here.

Port de Bestrée
This shelter is the closest to the great lighthouses marking the dangerous waters around the Ile de Sein, beyond the Pointe du Raz. Bestrée was a natural place for the islanders of Sein and the lighthouse-keepers of La Vieille and Tévennec to come to stock up on provisions. The port still serves, welcoming local fishermen in summer.

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