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Pont-Aven

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Finistère

Pont-Aven - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Finistère
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Renowned for its famous painting school founded by Paul Gauguin, Pont-Aven is a small town in Finistère, 12 kilometres from the coast and 17 kilometres from Concarneau.

Nestling in a verdant valley and benefiting from an enchanting setting, Pont-Aven is a lovely place for a walk with its narrow streets, small bridges, washhouses and old windmills, some which have restored mill wheels. Beautiful granite houses from the 17th and 18th centuries, a house with a turret, and 20th-century villas contribute to its charm.

It was the light that attracted the painter Paul Gauguin in the 19th century. He founded the Pont-Aven School there in 1886, and was followed by Émile Bernard, Paul Sérusier, Maxime Maufra... They met up to paint at Lover's Wood (Le Bois d'Amour), beneath the Trémalo Chapel. A discovery trail "In the Footsteps of Paul Gauguin" makes reference to this period of pictorial effervescence surrounding the artist. Today, painting is still a major attraction in Pont-Aven, with many artists' studios and galleries, exhibition venues and a Fine Art Museum.

The food-loving town of Pont-Aven has another well-known speciality: the famous pure butter biscuits called galettes, made artisanally and found in many places around town.

The River Aven, which runs through the town, can provide a focal point for exploring the area. You can enjoy lovely walks along its flowery banks, a canoe-kayak or licence-free boat ride, or a guided tour aboard a vedette boat.

Holidaymakers gather at Port-Manec'h beach, a family-friendly beach decorated with white cabins, located at the mouth of the Aven and Bélon, 10 kilometres from Pont-Aven. Yachters meanwhile can take refuge in the well-sheltered harbour.

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Pont-Aven

Evoking Pont-Aven is call:

A bustling city, full of charm in the hollow of the green valley of Aven. It is "Bro Goz Milinou ar" an old country mills. Since the Middle Ages, a popular saying is true "Pont-Aven, renowned City, 14 mills, 15 houses."

A marina at the bottom of the estuary, where sea air meets the light of the campaign. Since the late Middle Ages, the port Pont-Aven is a must for traders of wines, salt, cereals, potatoes and granite. Today, small marina sheltered at the bottom of the estuary, it has become a tourist stop.

A village in the face motley whose painting is the center of attraction. It is "Baradoz year Arzu" artist's paradise. City of painters since 1865, Pont-Aven is inseparable from the story of Paul Gauguin and his friends. Featuring a museum, workshops of artists municipal and many private places of exposure, Pont-Aven is firmly rooted in his artistic vocation.

Immediately recognizable by their delicacy and their inimitable taste, the cakes that are part of the culinary heritage of Pont-Aven. Since 1890, the chips and burgers are the gourmets and two biscuits perpetuate ancestral culinary tradition.

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Market day on the port
Market day on the port
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Port Street, Bridge and Church of Pont-Aven
Port Street, Bridge and Church of Pont-Aven
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Bois d'Amour Promenade
Bois d'Amour Promenade
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Chapel of Kergornet
Chapel of Kergornet
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Moulin du Grand Poulguin
Moulin du Grand Poulguin
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The mill
The mill
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Aven
Aven
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The port
The port
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The chaos of the Aven
The chaos of the Aven
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Gardens Excelmans on the harbor
Gardens Excelmans on the harbor
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Old rigs docked on the harbor of Pont-Aven
Old rigs docked on the harbor of Pont-Aven
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Nautism on the Aven
Nautism on the Aven
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Headdress and collar of Pont-Aven costume
Headdress and collar of Pont-Aven costume
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The patties of Pont-Aven
The patties of Pont-Aven
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Tourist Office (© A. Lamoureux)
Tourist Office (© A. Lamoureux)
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