The town is built on three sides of a natural harbor whose innermost, sheltered section is the Nouveau Port. In the center of this is the heavily fortified Ville Close, an ancient hamlet surrounded by ramparts, some from the 14th century. From the quay, cross the bridge and descend into the town. Souvenir shops have taken over, but don’t let that spoil it. You can spend an hour wandering the alleys, gazing up at the towers, peering at the stone houses, and stopping in secluded squares.
For a splendid view of the port, walk the ramparts. They’re open to pedestrians daily 10am to 7:30pm, with seasonal variations.
Also in the old town is a fishing museum, Musée de la Pêche, 3 rue Vauban (www.musee-peche.fr; tel. 02-98-97-10-20). The 17th-century building displays ship models and exhibits chronicling the development of the fishing industry; you can also view the ship Hemerica, a restored fishing boat docked in the port and included in your entrance ticket. Admission is 5€ for adults, 3€ for students and free for children 18 and under. It’s open February, March, November, and December Tuesday to Sunday 2 to 5:30pm, from April to June, September and October 10am to 6pm, and July to August 10am to 7pm. Closed January.
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