Pontrieux is one of the 22 Small Towns of Character of Brittany, quoted in the "4 flowers".
Pontrieux is located at the bottom of the estuary (la ria) of the river of 71 km, the Trieux. This situation makes the site has been inhabited for a very long time. Pontrieux means bridge over the Trieux, in Breton, "Pont Trev". Several times destroyed and rebuilt at the end of the Middle Ages (Hundred Years War, War of succession of Brittany), the commune itself, republican, was created only in 1790, from territories caught on the Neighboring communes, royalists. Until the 20th century, Pontrieux was a thriving community, as evidenced by the large "bourgeois" granite houses, thanks to trade (by the port, accessible to high-tonnage boats at high tide, transit cargoes of cereals,, Wine, horses...). It was at Pontrieux that the first ticket of the Paris Metro was printed.
On the 15th of August, the village celebrates the wash-houses (50) which can be visited by boat, day or night.
It is a charming and lively village, you can get there by train or boat, to change the car.
From Pontrieux, you can go by boat to Paimpol, and stop at the castle of Roche-Jagu and its beautiful gardens.