Visites culturelles en Bretagne

PARISH CLOSES

A parish close is a typical Breton architectural ensemble. Located at the center of the village, the parish close is considered sacred by Bretons. A typical close generally consists of 4 inseparable elements: a monumental entrance arch, a calvary, an ossuary and the church (sometimes surrounded by a graveyard). Parish closes are historical remnants testifying to the economic prosperity of Brittany in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Some parish closes: Saint Thégonnec, Guimillau, Lampaul-Guimillau, Commana, Pleyben, Sizun…

DOUARNENEZ (14 km)

Douarnenez still sails on its fame as a great sardine harbor even if, time after time, the sardine has been replaced by more lucrative fishing methods and other economic sectors (cinema…)

A flourishing fishing harbor till the beginning of the 80’s, it then suffered a sharp decline. However, it is an important marina in Finistère along with Tréboul and Port-Rhu. It is also home to the Kouign-amann.

PONT-CROIX (16 km)

A village at the end of the world, Pont-Croix, commune du Cap Sizun, located on the way to Pointe du Raz in Finistère, will take part in "Le Village Préféré des Français", a program presented by Stéphane Bern and broadcast end of June on France 3.

Pont-Croix, this village at the end of the world, was built at the end of the Goyen estuary on the hills with terraced gardens and steep little streets leading to one of the most beautiful building of the medieval city, a church, whose architecture set trend, surrounded by lovely houses. The town detains a natural and architectural heritage that all endeavor to revive.

LOCRONAN (22 km)

The impressive architectural heritage of Locronan was landmarked early on and allowed the village to join a net of “Petites cités de caractère”, small cities of character. Locronan won the label of “Plus beaux villages de France”, voted by an independent association promoting the highly touristic interests of French villages. The house roofs surrounding the church are a work of art. Remains of distant and better times, the paved square with a well in its midst, the imposing Saint-Ronan church and granite renaissance houses.

QUIMPER (25 km)

Such a lovely stroll through Old Quimper! Half-timbered houses and corbel arches look upon narrow lanes with picturesque names. High above, the spires of Saint Corentin’s cathedral are looming. Leapfrog to the greenery over the footbridges over the Odet river.

The Musée de la Faïence and the Musée Départemental Breton de Quimper will take you on a cultural tour of the Breton and Cornish country.

ECKMÜLH LIGHTHOUSE (27 km)

The Eckmülh Lighthouse is located at the Point of Saint Pierre in Penmarc’h, south Finistère. It is 60 meters high. It was inaugurated on October 17, 1897 and was named in memory of its generous donator, who partly financed it. It guards one of the most dangerous coastlines in France against its numerous reefs.

HALIOTIKA (28 km)

Fishermen at work, fish auction, here it’s all about fish and also how to prepare and cook it… In Haliotika, immerse yourself in today’s fishermen’s world. This” fish city” is located in Guilvinec, first most important harbor in France in terms of fishermen, with more than 400 men and women working on hundreds of boats. They set out to sea every day for langoustines, monkfish, ray fish, cod, whiting, … Over an 800 m² exhibition hall “De la Mer à l’Assiette” (From Sea to Plate), visitors of all ages can experience the daily life of 2 fishermen and track the journey of captured fish.

LA VALLÉE DES SAINTS (105 km)

La Vallée des Saints is unique because it stands for a historical site, land of legends and the cradle of incredible giant sculptures. A feudal mound, a 16th century chapel, statues of Breton Saints design the hilly landscape of the Poher.

 
 
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