The town of Camaret ("Kameled" in Breton), in the regional natural park of Armorica, was the principal port of Finistere in the time when sailing ships could not always get safely through the narrow channel to make the harbour at Brest.

Camaret's main catch was the sardine, until the start of the 20th century, when the fleet turned to fishing for rock lobsters (langoustes), going as far as Brazil and Mauretania to fill their nets.


In 1694, Camaret was the site of a disastrous landing attempt by an Anglo-Dutch army trying to get to and capture the port of Brest. The Camaretois were ready for them, and the tower on the breakwater, together with a group of defenders on the beach poured fire on the attackers. In less than two hours the invaders were defeated, leaving more than a thousand dead on the beach.

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