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Le Faou

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Le Faou village is south of Brest and Plougastel in Brittany, near the Crozon peninsula.

Verifiable the "Small town character" label, Le Faou enjoys an idyllic location between land and sea, deep in one of the many estuaries of the Brest.

The village is part of the Community of Municipalities of Alder Maritime, which includes the municipalities of Pont-de-Buis-lès-Quimerc'h, Rosnoën Saint-Ségal and Le Faou.

Founded in the eleventh century, the city was occupied in ancient times. Sold in the eighteenth century, the manor was erected in marquisate in 1768 in favor of Lieutenant General Magon de la Gervaisais.

The town invites visitors to discover its rich heritage and great diversity. These include its beautiful corbelled houses and its church of the sixteenth century.

Natural side, the Cranou the forest covers the municipalities of Le Faou, Hanvec and Loperec. Comprising a remarkable fauna and flora, as well as rare and protected species, it is very popular and busy all year.

interpretation circuits and hiking you will discover the natural and cultural treasures of the town and its surroundings, with family, couple or friends.

Geographical information

MunicipalityLe Faou
Tourism label
Latitude48.2944680 (N 48° 17’ 40”)
Longitude-4.1796090 (W 4° 10’ 47”)
AltitudeFrom 3m to 151m
Surface area11.85 km²
Population1762 inhabitants
Density148 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureQuimper (42 km, 31 min)
Insee code29053
IntercommunalityCC Presqu'île de Crozon-Aulne maritime

Nearest cities & towns

Rosnoën4.6 km (9 min)
Hanvec5.2 km (6 min)
Hôpital-Camfrout7.1 km (8 min)
Saint-Eloy11.2 km (12 min)
Pont-de-Buis-lès-Quimerch12 km (13 min)
Logonna-Daoulas12.1 km (17 min)
Irvillac13 km (16 min)
Daoulas13.2 km (12 min)
Lopérec13.6 km (17 min)
Port-Launay14.2 km (11 min)
Le Tréhou15 km (17 min)
Saint-Ségal15.7 km (15 min)
Dirinon15.9 km (13 min)
Argol16 km (15 min)

Things to see and do

In the village of Le Faou, admire the beautiful corbelled houses of the sixteenth century, located in the streets of Rive, General de Gaulle, as well as the place of Fusillés. These traditional Breton houses with wood sides and storefront help strengthen the identity of the town. 23 of them are protected and 1 order.

Take time to discover the Holy Saviour Church of the sixteenth-seventeenth century situated opposite the port. It was built in the twelfth century by the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem present in the city. It was rebuilt in 1544 in Gothic style. She especially has a fine Renaissance period bell. Inside the church you can admire the baptismal font of the sixteenth century, unique in Britain for its rich sculpture.

Take time to visit the House of the land dating from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century located at 39 rue du Général de Gaulle. In particular you can admire the permanent exhibition (city history, costumes, casts, photos), as well as temporary exhibitions. Open from May to September.

The territory of Le Faou is also part of the Regional Natural Park of Brittany's natural heritage and unique culture. Its privileged location in the Cranou the forest makes it a good place for walks and hikes, especially along the "River of Faou" through the forest of Cranou and empties into the harbor of Brest. The forest is home including an arboretum and St Conval fountain.

The Alder Maritime Community of Communes offers visitors a heritage interpretation trail, inviting to discover the past and present wealth of the territory. This trail connects the four municipalities of the Community of Municipalities. The hiking route in the forest of Cranou also to discover the local heritage.

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

In February, the town of Le Faou famous carnival. A colorful parade in the city center organized by the EPA meets big and small, local and visitors in a festive atmosphere. The event continues in the school yard, with various games for the whole family.

In May and August, the association organizes Art'Goat the art market, within the municipality of Le Faou on the square to Fairs.

In July and August, the town of Le Faou and Traders Association the "Talents du Faou" organize a night market, which brings together over twenty exhibitors.

Throughout the summer (July-August), the Marché des Saveurs stands on way to Exhibition Le Faou every Friday. Created by the Regional Natural Park of Brittany, the marine river of Community of Municipalities, the town of Faou, the association of traders' talents Faou "and producers, this market is an opportunity to discover the delights terroir in a cozy atmosphere.

In August, the town celebrates Le Faou the village festival, "festival in Le Faou" Quelen on the dock. This event to the Breton colors established by the festival committee is punctuated with many animations.


Friday 12 august
Min. 17°C - Max. 35°C
Saturday 13 august
Min. 17°C - Max. 34°C
Sunday 14 august
Min. 17°C - Max. 26°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Crêpe workshop
Local flavours75 € Kerlouan (44 km)
Sailboat trip in the Abers
Nature and the great outdoors80 € Landéda (44 km)
Loisirs en Gare escape game
Entertainment60 € to 75 € Guiscriff (47 km)
Station Museum
Culture and education4 € to 6 € Guiscriff (47 km)
Roscoff exotic botanical garden
Nature and the great outdoors3 € to 6 € Roscoff (49 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Gouézec circuit from Pont-Coblant
HikeIntermediate3h35Gouézec (18.5 km)
Roche du Feu circuit
HikeIntermediate3h35Gouézec (21 km)
Roche du Feu hike - Departure from the village
HikeIntermediate1h30Gouézec (21 km)
La promenade du Bocage
HikeIntermediate2h55Le Cloître-Pleyben (22 km)
The Fortifications Route
HikeIntermediate4h20Roscanvel (27 km)


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