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.
- Pontrieux is one of 23 Small Towns of Character of Brittany. Its architectural ensemble is very homogeneous.
- Its center is occupied by two triangular squares, very rare provision, connected by a paved street, rue Saint Yves, lined with old houses, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, some half-timbered.
- The "Eiffel Tower", half-timbered house of the sixteenth, granite and timber, built according to a pattern that is found only in the country of Guingamp.
- The 18th century fountain, in granite, with the original shape, characterized by its mode of feeding.
- The church, nineteenth, with austere facade, low bell tower; its interior, brighter, houses a "Pieta" of the eighteenth, a painting "The Repentance of St. Peter", offered by Napoleon III, a statue of Saint Yves polychrome wood and a Virgin of the eighteenth, "Notre-Dame-des- Fountains ", carried in procession during the Pardon.
- Two characteristic buildings on Le Trocquer square: the 18th century Keruzec hotel and half-timbered houses, recently restored to the colors of the time of its construction.
- Do not forget, during the visit, the granite presbytery of the 17th century, and the big "bourgeois" houses, symbols of the wealth of the city at a certain time.
Finally, at the end of the gardens of these large houses bordering the river, wash-houses, fifty in number, of stone and covered with slates, restored for fifteen years, and which are discovered during the boat rides (Discussed). It is recommended to take these walks at night (inquire); the wash houses are beautifully illuminated ("Parcours Lumière").
- The Steam of the Trieux.
- Boat trips: From May to September also, on the Trieux this time, guided walks in boats propelled by a silent electric motor (reservation not required for individuals). Paying walk.
- Night Walks: Embark Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from June to September to discover the illuminated heritage (light path "Lavand'ières").
- Carriage rides: Guided walk in the footsteps of horses from 20 to 25 minutes in the heart of the city (paid service - group bookings).
- The estuary of the Trieux: Every day of the summer, but also in the spring and on request in the fall, guided sea kayak trips allow you to discover the maritime valley of the Trieux from Pontrieux to Lézardrieux. Half-day itinerary scheduled according to the tide with picnic break under the castle of La Roche-Jagu some days.
- Sports and leisures :
- Leisure activities and activities offered by local clubs and associations: Breton dance lessons, social dances, Breton language courses (advanced students) - Athletic strength club - Tennis club - Computer lessons for adults - Club d ' climbing - Badminton club - Canoeing club, sea and river - Football club, regrouping several municipalities of Canton Pontrieux - Traveling cinema sessions, on Friday - Painting on silk - Hiking club - Activities for toddlers (gymnastics, cinema, workshops...) and for teens (activities, trips, camps) outside school time... In total, about forty associations reside at Pontrieux.
- The City of Pontrieux also hosts year-round art workshops: painters, stained glass maker, woodworker, ceramist, mosaicist, rock crystals...
- To take advantage of all these activities, there is no need to travel long distances; because of its reduced surface area (102 ha), everything is nearby. The same goes for accommodation located in the city center. For more information, contact the Tourist Office: Email: email@example.com
- A former trawler, "the Passeur du Trieux" transformed into a tourist boat, will take you to the edge of the island of Bréhat (without disembarking) and you can enjoy the banks of the Trieux along the estuary (about 17 km).
- In the summer season, generally in August, musical groups of all kinds come to animate the garden of the Footbridge during the "Fridays of the summer". Free admission, catering on site.
- The library, well supplied, is open all summer for a modest price suitable for the holiday period. It offers a relaxing leisure to all lovers of literature, large, small and even toddlers.
Many events take place in Pontrieux during the tourist season (around May to September). They are almost all free, and for that draw, in good weather, a lot of visitors (more than 10 000 for Lavoirs's Day, between 8 and 10 000 for the Yesteryear Market).
- Every Monday: Weekly market.
- The "summer Fridays": During the tourist season, the animation Pontrieux Committee offers free outdoor performances (or shelter in inclement weather): singers, storytellers, world music also although African than Irish, jugglers... and for three Fridays from 21h.
- On August 15th, from 11am until midnight: Day Lavoirs
- Parade of washing machines, rowers, folk groups (bagad and Celtic circle), songs of sailors, folk music, Irish songs, pancakes, sausage patties, and cider...
- Ignite Trieux.
- Free admission.
- On the first Monday of August (from 10am to 18:30 approximately): Yesteryear Market
- Parade (folkloric groups, costumed children, volunteers in period dress, old cars, old tractors...).
- Manufacture of butter to the old cider, rope, linen work, farm animal exhibits, artisans Art, pancakes sausage, pancakes. Breton dances (on floor), street entertainment, boat rides (fee), over 40 stalls...
- The day ends with a meal mussels and fries (extra charge).
- Free admission.
- The last Saturday of July Fest-Noz
- Fest-Noz with renowned groups in Britain, viewers participate in the dances, it's not a show.
- Admission fee.
- Late August: Jumble Friendship Club
- More than 100 exhibitors.
- At night, roasted pig.
- The last Saturday of July, during the day, "Colors of Britain". Artists, beginners or experienced, come paint Pontrieux different sites, all methods are allowed.
- The third weekend in July, forgiveness of Notre-Dame-des-Fontaines, where the statue of the Virgin leaves in procession; the inhabitants decorate and illuminate their houses along the route.
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