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Douarnenez - France Highlights:
Tristan Island, Locronan
The fishing port of Douarnenez, immortalised on canvas by Renoir and Boudin, lies in the Baie de Douarnenez in north-western France to the south of Brest. The Bay faces directly westwards into the Atlantic from the west coast of Brittany. According to Breton folklore, the legendary city of Ys lies beneath the waters of the bay. Tristan Island, in the estuary on which the ports sits, was formerly named Saint-Tutuarn Island after the priory founded there in 1118. Now it is named after Tristan, lover of Iseult, from the the medieval story. The Church of Ploare in the town has a Gothic steeple (1548-86), and the chapels of Saint-Michel, Sainte-Helène, and Sainte-Croix date from the 16th and the 17th century.

Inland is one of the prettiest villages in France, Locronan, founded by St Cronan, an Irish monk, and the setting of Roman Polanski's "Tess of the d'Ubervilles" with its remarkable medieval houses surrounding the Eglise St Ronan.

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