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The Port Rhu

Former trading port

The Port‑Rhu

A walk along the Port-Rhu is like stepping back in time to when goods would leave the Breton coast to travel throughout the world. It was from here that Locronan’s famous sailcloth was despatched in the 1500s and where locals unloaded the roe that became bait for fishing sardine…

A fun trail

Along the quayside of the Port Rhu

You’ll find a series of information panels near the Port-Musée boats on the water: these panels invite you to learn more about the heritage port and its traditional vessels, working boats and yachts, boats that carried dreams, as well as ships transporting goods for the TOWT company,  for carbon-free transport.

Continue your walk upstream and discover the shipyards and boat-building workshops where wooden boats are built or repaired, where future boat-builders and sailors are trained then, on the opposite shore, look for the boat cemetery.

The opposite shore is also a great place for a quiet walk, far from the noise, and it brings you to the footbridge which offers a fabulous view over the water and the boats, the bay and Île Tristan. Why not linger a while and enjoy a drink at one of the sunny pavement cafés or bars overlooking the water?


A lock basin

Port Rhu is located in the heart of Douarnenez town and is closed by a lock: it can only be accessed at certain times depending on the tide, offering up to 50 places for visitors. The lock enables the water to be maintained at a draft of 3.8 metres so that the boats stay afloat. When the lock is closed, the footbridge above provides easy access for pedestrians and cyclists from one side of the town to the other (Tréboul).