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L'Odet at Benodet : Click to enlarge picture
Once out of its city channel, the Odet takes on the shape of most Breton inlets, spreading out to lake proportions then turning narrow corners between gorges. The family resort of BÉNODET at the mouth of the river (reachable by boat from Quimper) has a long, sheltered beach on the ocean side, with amusements for children and beachside nurseries. If you want to sleep in a Bénodet hotel, have a look at this site. Among the nicest hotels in Bénodet are the Hôtel-Restaurant Le Minaret, an odd-looking building in a superb seafront position on the corniche de l'Estuaire (tel, fax; €40–55; closed mid-Oct to March), and the Bains de Mer, 11 rue du Kérguelen (tel;; €40–55; closed mid-Nov to Feb). Bénodet also has several large campsites – if anything, rather too many of them – such as the enormous four-star Du Letty, southeast of the village by plage du Letty on rue du Canvez (tel,; closed early Sept to mid-June).

The coast that continues east of Bénodet is rocky and repeatedly cut by deep valleys. Not so much a town as a loose conglomeration of villages, FOUESNANT, 9km along, is coming to rival its neighbour as a prime destination for family holidays. While Fouesnant itself is renowned for its cider-makers, and holds a pretty little Romanesque church, most local tourist amenities are gathered in its sister community of LA FORÊT-FOUESNANT, 3km further east. Clustered along the waterfront at the foot of a hill so steep that caravans are banned from even approaching, it holds an assortment of attractive hotels such as the Hôtel de l'Esperance, place de l'Église (tel; €30–40; closed Oct–March) and the pricier Aux Cerisiers, 3 rue des Cerisiers (tel, €40–55; closed mid-Dec to mid-Jan).

Alternate spellings:: France, Bénodet, Bénodet, Benodet

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