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“Go on Friday if your French is poor”

Haliotika - La Cite de la Peche
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Guilvinec
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: In HALIOTIKA- La Cité de la Pêche,the whole family goes into the high seas: adults and children can dive into the fishermen’s world.In this modern and interactive discovery centre, Haliotika introduces us to the real fishing universe: virtual fishing boat gangway, trawl reproduction and its fishing, visual and audible environment, riddles for children… everything is designed to take grown-ups and little ones back to the Breton fishing boats...Haliotika also offers several workshops and visits: fish markets, port visits, tasting workshops, cooking workshops, seaweed workshops, treasure hunts, on board visits… And don’t forget our wonderful seaview terrace from where you can leisurely watch the unloading of the catch.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking
Reviewed 13 August 2014

Fantastic day out interesting exhibition with headset commentary. The crie fish auction very interesting langoustine tasting recommended The only English speaking tour of the week is on Friday afternoon

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Reviewed 23 October 2013

I would recommend all visitors to this part of Brittany to visit this lovely fishing port and in particular to spend some time watching the boats land their catch at 4.30 ish each day. Haliotika is a must to explain the story of the fishing industry and include a visit to the fish auction. It would have been more enjoyable to have an English speaking guide or an audio guide!

1  Thank Gill J
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Reviewed 4 July 2013

Well designed and absorbing. Wish the English audio gave more information and also that there was an English guide book. Lots of very interesting information and really made you think about and appreciate the fishing industry.

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Reviewed 21 August 2012

we visited the fishing museum during a rainy day on our holiday in Benodet, about a 40 minute drive. It was really interesting to learn the history of the local industry and to see all the different types of techniques used to catch different fish.

Also watching the fresh catch getting unloaded on the jetty was good especially for our children for whom i think it is important to know where the food comes from before it gets to the supermarket

you can hire a English audio guide for 2 Euro's

1  Thank jimbobsquarepants1
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Reviewed 18 August 2012

This is a mixed bag - half the family loved and half hated. I loved it.

The 'city of fish' is a large unloading factory where small fishing boats unload their catches. The unloading is at different times of the day for different types of catch. There is then an auction of the fish and you're able to view not only the (still twitching) fish but also see the prices, bidding etc.

Not least is the interest of seeing the "workings" - the machinery, weighing, preparation, cleaning, bidding and despatch. We're so detached from this ordinarily that it's a real conversation-starter.

DO CHECK BEFORE GOING the times of the auctions. Without this the visit's a bit of a damp squib.

If you don't want to pay to look around then just hanging around on the viewing deck is fun - you can see the boats arrive and unload.

After the auction there's the typical 15 year old "educational section". I was going to pan it, but in truth it's fascinating (eg seeing how dredge nets work, and the challenges of fish conservation). You won't think the same about your fish again if you take the time to look at even a small part of this.

Next to the venue there are some good fresh fish shops that're worth sticking your nose into - lots and lots of live fish in tanks to look at before picking them to be your supper ;)

I could go here every year (I've been three times), but the family have had enough now, so it's solo visits from now on :)

2  Thank ianjindal
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