Le Conquet

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Le Conquet
Konk-Leon
Port of Le Conquet with bridge
Port of Le Conquet with bridge
Le Conquet is located in France
Le Conquet
Le Conquet
Coordinates: 48°21′31″N 4°46′14″W / 48.3586°N 4.7706°W / 48.3586; -4.7706Coordinates: 48°21′31″N 4°46′14″W / 48.3586°N 4.7706°W / 48.3586; -4.7706
Country France
Region Brittany
Department Finistère
Arrondissement Brest
Canton Saint-Renan
Intercommunality Pays d'Iroise
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Xavier Jean
Area1 8.45 km2 (3.26 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 2,604
 • Density 310/km2 (800/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 29040 / 29217
Elevation 0–51 m (0–167 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Le Conquet (Konk-Leon in Breton) is a commune in the Finistère department of Brittany in north-western France. This is the most westward town of mainland France. Only three insular towns - Ouessant, Île-Molène and Ile de Sein - are more westward.

Geography[edit]

Le Conquet is a fishing port in the northwest of Brittany and it is located north of the Pointe Saint-Mathieu (commune de Plougonvelin).

Maritime transport[edit]

The port of Le Conquet is served by the company Penn-ar-Bed providing links with Ouessant and the archipelago of Molène throughout the year. During April to September, the company Finist'mer also provides fast links between the port of Le Conquet and Lanildut, and the archipelago of Molene and Ouessant .

History[edit]

As he fled England in exile, Henry Tudor landed in Le Conquet rather than France due to a storm that blew his ship off course.

Population[edit]

Inhabitants of Le Conquet are called in French Conquetois.

Historical population of Le Conquet
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2008
Population 1891 1811 1881 2011 2149 2408 2604

Sights[edit]

The tomb of Jean-François Le Gonidec

Chapel dedicated to Michel Le Nobletz

International relations[edit]

Economie[edit]

Fishing harbour[edit]

As an important crab fishery port, Le Conquet also became an ideal place for catching uncommon species. The fishing port is managed since 2007 by chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Brest. In recent years,alongside traditional crab fishing ships, the fleet has diversified its activities with other ships, which use fishing nets bringing back monkfish, skate, brill, turbo, lobster and the fresh daily catches. However, the crab still remains the symbol of the harbour.

Rescue Station SNSM[edit]

The Rescue station was inaugurated in March 10, 1867. Nowadays, the rescue station uses the first class life boat of SNSM. She mesures 14 meters in length. She is modern, unsinkable and self-righting. The SNS 151 La Louve is always anchored in the harbou with two inflatable boats. One of the latter, named ville du conquetis city property and is used for the coastal watch during the summer season.

Sports and leissure[edit]

  • Le Conquet has a dive center named Club Subaquatique.


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