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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ille-et-Vilaine

Community of nearly 3 700 inhabitants, Plélan-le-Grand takes place in Brittany, in the department of Ille-et-Vilaine. Located on the edge of the forest of Paimpont, it is located in the arrondissement of Rennes. The village is located at the same distance from the Atlantic Ocean and the Channel Sea.

According to historians, the commune was born in the ninth century following the construction of religious buildings by the monks of the Abbey of Saint-Melaine in Rennes. Until the French Revolution, Plélan-le-Grand had the peculiarity of seeing the south of its territory constituted into a sort of republic. Even today, this former autonomous place has the appearance of a small country town.

Plélan-le-Grand is now best known for its built heritage, as well as for its natural sites that make the visitors happy.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude48.0014350 (N 48° 0’ 5”)
Longitude-2.0947890 (W 2° 5’ 41”)
AltitudeFrom 42m to 154m
Surface area49.74 km²
Population3693 inhabitants
Density74 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureRennes (35 km, 32 min)
Insee code35223
IntercommunalityCC de Brocéliande

Nearest cities & towns

Maxent5.2 km (6 min)
Paimpont6.9 km (8 min)
Beignon7.5 km (9 min)
Saint-Péran8.1 km (9 min)
Saint-Malo-de-Beignon8.7 km (12 min)
Loutehel8.8 km (12 min)
Treffendel9 km (8 min)
Campel11.4 km (12 min)
Bovel11.7 km (14 min)
Saint-Malon-sur-Mel11.8 km (17 min)
Concoret13.1 km (13 min)
Baulon13.2 km (12 min)
Monterfil13.4 km (14 min)
Guer14.8 km (12 min)

Things to see and do

Several ponds take place on the commune of Plélan-le-Grand, allowing to make beautiful walks or to settle down the time of a picnic. You will be able to discover the ponds of Trégu, Trécouët, Perray, or Forges. The latter has a small beach very appreciated of the premises.

Built in the middle of the 19th century, the Saint-Pierre church takes its place on the remains of an ancient 13th-century religious building. From the original site you can still admire the beautiful Sainte-Anne chapel, while on the north side, a 17th-century tower stands as a bell tower.

As you walk through the town, you can discover the town hall in the old halls or the fountain of Saint Fiacre, patron saint of the farmers.

Part of the Paimpont Forges takes place at Plélan-le-Grand. Registered as a Historical Monument, it is a former industrial site that once represented the largest wooden forges in the whole of Brittany. It is possible to visit the site via a free route or during guided tours retracing the history of the places.

Events and festivities

The market, one of the biggest in the whole department, is held every Sunday morning.

In September, place at the festival of Charbons Ardents dedicated to the circus.

The Festival des Bonnes Z'ambiances, with its various concerts, is also held in September.

At the end of the year, the municipality offers a Christmas market.


Thursday 21 september
Min. 7°C - Max. 20°C
Friday 22 september
Min. 6°C - Max. 19°C
Saturday 23 september
Min. 6°C - Max. 23°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Interactive Visit of the Brocéliande Door of Secrets
Culture and education7 € Paimpont (6.2 km)
Le Cƒrouj - Breton games-themed leisure park
Entertainment4 € to 7 € Monterfil (11.9 km)
Horse Riding in the Brocéliade Forest
Nature and the great outdoors40 € Tréhorenteuc (16 km)
Horse Riding & Picnic in the Brocéliade Forest
Entertainment80 € Tréhorenteuc (16 km)
Initiation Pass Airplane Piloting – 1 person
Sports sensations149 € Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande (29 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Butte du Dran loop
HikeEasy3h30Guer (11.4 km)
Oyon Valley loop
HikeIntermediate4h45Guer (11.4 km)
Rochefort-en-terre trail
HikeEasy2h35Rochefort-en-Terre (38 km)
Ardoisières Trail malansac
HikeIntermediate6h10Malansac (39 km)
Lindeul Trail molac
HikeIntermediate3h50Molac (39 km)


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