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Beaches -- Concarneau’s largest, most beautiful beach, popular with families, is the Plage des Sables Blancs, near the historic core. Within a 10-minute walk are the Plage de Cornouaille and two small beaches, the Plage des Dames and Plage de Rodel, where you’ll find fewer families with children. The wide-open Plage du Cabellou, 5km (3 miles) west of town, is less crowded than the others.

Sea Excursions -- Boat rides are usually fine between June and September but can be treacherous the rest of the year. The dazzling Glenans archipelago, 16km (10 miles) off the coast, is a must if you have the time and sea legs. It can be visited on excursions through Vedettes de l’Odet (www.vedettes-odet.com; tel. 02-98-57-00-58), which runs several times per day from April to September and cost 39€ for adults, 21€ for children ages 4 to 12 and 7€ for children 3 and under. In midsummer, you can arrange deep-sea fishing with the captain of the Santa Maria (www.santamariapeche.com; tel. 06-62-88-00-87).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.