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Where is Tréhiguier?
The River Vilaine at the fishing village of Tréhiguier, several minutes from Penestin in Brittany, France

Tréhiguier is a small fishing port that sits on the River Vilaine in Southern Brittany. You will find it between the barrage at Arzal and Pénestin. La Roche Bernard is about 8 miles upriver from Tréhiguier and is therefore an easy journey.

Whilst Tréhiguier may not be the prettiest fishing village in the area (and who’s to say what is?), I thought I would try to promote some discussion on the subject. The area of Brittany and Western Loire is very important for the French fishing industry. It certainly deserves a bit of a plug.

The River Vilaine at the fishing village of Tréhiguier, several minutes from Penestin in Brittany, France

What does it offer?

There is a small poissonnerie at the port, selling local landed fish and shellfish, alongside the usual bar and café. Tréhiguier is a great place to sail, cycle and walk. It is located on a beautiful stretch of river by the estuary, as the Vilaine meets the Ocean at Pénestin. Despite being a very peaceful village, it is not far from the main La Roche Bernard – Pénestin road. It also features areas for picnics by the river.

Most people miss this. I guess the same also applies to most small fishing villages. Tourists are generally intent on getting to the beach as quickly as possible, which is a real shame. There are beautiful places like Tréhiguier all over France still waiting to be discovered, even decades after the initial English tourist invasion! If you’re in the area on a Sunday morning, why not visit the  excellent market at Pénestin? It is only a couple of miles away (see other local french market details).


The River Vilaine at the fishing village of Tréhiguier, several minutes from Penestin in Brittany, France

Over to you

If you want to put forward the case for your own favourite fishing village in this area of France, please add a comment below.

We’ll try to add any images you have to support your choice. Therefore, if you have photos, please let us know and we’ll arrange to post them for you.

Did you know…. that the UK now lands more fish by weight than France does. The British overtook France as recently as 2004. Is this just a smoke and mirrors statistic,? Is it representing a real shift both in fishing practices and local eating habits? What are your thoughts on the matter? Please let us have your comments….

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