Tracing the origins of Brittany, in the heart of the Parc Naturel Régional d’Armorique, the Crozon Peninsula is “le Finistère du Finistère” or land’s end.
It’s a site of exceptional natural beauty, where palm trees and albizzias grow alongside hydrangeas, where the ocean rises and falls against the rocky coast, with its forests, moors and nature reserve.
The Crozon Peninsula has a wide range of outdoor activities to offer and Breizh Odysssée seeks to complement this.
A gateway into the Crozon Peninsula, Landévennec is an emblematic site dating back to Brittany’s origins.
The wealth of the town was built on the Abbey which dates back to the 5th and 6th centuries, when it was described as being « The heart of Brittany ».
Founded by Saint Guénolé, a legendary religious figure, the Abbey in Landévennec witnessed the drawing up of one of the most important documents in the history of Brittany : le Cartulaire de Landévennec – the cartulary of Landévennec*.
Cartulary* : a transcription of original documents pertaining to the laws governing ecclesiastical establishments, local authorities, industries, seats of learning and families.
« The historical facts that can be ascertained from the document, show almost everything we know about mainland Cornouaille before the 9th century and it has given us an essential part of the notions we now have of the settlers from the Breton islands who came to settle on the Armorican peninsula. » Arthur de la Borderie.
In the centre of the village of Landévennec, the Breizh Odyssée project has been set up in an iconic building, abandoned for over 15 years: l’Hôtel Beauséjour.
This 1930s hotel has been restored by the Architects IN&Out from Brest, taking care to conserve the original lines while adding a modern touch. The renovation of the Hôtel Beauséjour integrates all the aspects of sustainable tourism and accessibility, using an eco-build approach with expert advice from specialists.
Standing majestic in front of the Hôtel Beauséjour, the granite statues of Nominoë and Anne de Bretagne welcome visitors and accentuate the iconic nature of the site.
« Staking everything on places already heavy with history and filled with natural beauty, drawing attention to them is, in a way, giving them back to the citizens and a really cost-effective investment in the present and the future. »