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Stone stairs with balusters lead to the chapel of Sainte-Barbe (XVth), surprising by the crampedness of its location. Built on the rock, it dominates the valley of the Ellé. A path leads down to the fountain and the river.
At the end of the fifteenth century, the youngest of the lords of Locmalo, Jean de Toulbodou left his manor of Guidfoss in Plouray to go hunting. While he was on the land of Jean de Boutteville, lord of Faouët, he was surprised by a storm of rare violence. The gigantic rocks that surround it are struck by lightning. Rock quarters stand out from the vertical wall. Won by an extreme fright, Jean de Toulbodou sees his end approaching and then prays to Saint Barbara, usually invoked to protect herself from fire and lightning. He promises her, if she saves him, to erect a chapel for her there. The storm ends suddenly, Jean de Toulbodou is answered. True to his promise, he undertook the construction of this chapel on July 6,1489 in this cramped place. It will be completed in 1512.
Arriving at the site of the chapel, we discover the bell tower housing a bell having the virtue of keeping lightning away. The steps of a monumental staircase lead to St. Michael's Oratory and then to the chapel.
Inside, as in the church of Notre-Dame in Kernascléden, we notice a stone vault on crossed warheads, an exception for the time when almost all the vaults were made of wood. The arms of boutteville and Toulbodou, founding lords, are present on many shields of the vault, as well as on some stained glass windows.
A path leads to the devotional fountain. This one, dating from 1708, is arranged in a square enclosure with an interior bench. A niche houses a statue of Saint Barbara. According to legend, single girls threw a round head pin into it, trying to reach the hole in the fountain basin to find out if they would marry within a year. Continuing on the trail, you reach the banks of the Ellé.
As in all the cities that had them, the halls belonged to the local lord. He held the right to found a market and build a hall to house it. The halls were a place of strong economic activity. In Faouët, these were mainly cow and horse fairs. In the seventeenth century, there were even up to 14 annual fairs.
Erected in 1542, the building underwent numerous restorations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Rectangular in shape, the halls cover an area of 940 m². Their dimensions 53 by 19 m are impressive. Despite such a surface area, they were at times too small compared to the affluence of some fair days. The building consists of a large roof resting on a row of short granite columns carried by a stone wall. The elegance of these columns is surprising: the halls, utilitarian buildings, were generally devoid of any ornament. In the middle of the roof stands an octagonal bell tower topped with an 8-sided bulb. It is accessed through two side entrances covered with a hipped roof (elongated end covered with a roof with one or more triangular sides) and by two axial entrances covered with a roof supported by two columns. The construction of the frame is made of oak and fir wood.
The halls are now a place invested by the many cultural events that are held in Faouët all year round. Today, the market still takes place under the halls. It is held every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Inaugurated in 1987, the Faouët Museum is housed in a former Ursuline convent of the seventeenth century. His collection of more than 400 works consists of paintings, drawings, engravings. The first nucleus of this municipal fund was formed in 1913 on the initiative of the deputy mayor of the time Victor Robic, thanks to the friendly relations he maintained with the artists frequenting the locality. The collection is presented in part, alongside the annual temporary exhibitions.
By decree of 16 January 2012, the Museum of Le Faouët obtained from the Ministry of Culture the designation "Museum of France".
The museum attracts many lovers of fine arts, seduced by the importance and quality of the exhibitions presented there. Since 1992, the museum has devoted major retrospectives to the work of artists who have practiced their art in this small pictorial city and temporary exhibitions on regional themes (A century of painting in Faouët, The child in Breton painting, 100 crafts seen by artists in Brittany…).
Family and teen workshops, guided tours, adult flash tours, conferences, 18-year-old culture pass… Book your tailor-made tour!
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.
Renowned for its flat oysters, the little harbour of Le Bélon can be seen from the oyster river. Oyster farming reigns supreme in Riec-sur-Bélon, which also has another harbour, Rosbras. This is where the famous "Bélon flat oyster" appeared in the late 19th century. Its refined hazelnut flavour is greatly appreciated by connoisseurs. In fact, Riec-sur-Bélon celebrates its star oyster every summer, in late July!
The very distinctive little harbour of Le Bélon is dominated by a manor house built between the 15th and 19th centuries, with direct views of the ocean. The harbour is busy every day when the fishing boats come in, an ideal time to buy fresh fish and other products of the sea…
Heading towards the ocean, you will see the remains of Le Bélon fort, which overlook the entrance to the estuary.
The port city of Lorient is located amid green valleys at the mouth of the Blavet and Scorff rivers, in Morbihan.
The town began its expansion in 1666, following the creation of the French East India Company (La Compagnie des Indes) by Colbert, in Port-Louis. After that, it developed thanks to commerce, maritime activity and military shipbuilding. Hit hard by bombing during the Second World War, Lorient was rebuilt in the 50s. Its architectural heritage includes beautiful 18th-century mansions, the Quai des Indes dock, houses from the 30s, the port enclosure and the Gabriel mansion, reminders of the French East India Company.
On a guided tour you can explore Keroman Submarine Base, the biggest 20th-century fortress designed to contain U-boats.
Other sights include the Flore submarine and its museum area, as well as the Éric Tabarly Sailing Museum, where you can explore the world of sailing and sea racing.
Lorient also hosts an internationally renowned Celtic music festival: the Interceltique festival, which organises its big parade of Celtic nations every August. A great atmosphere is guaranteed, with concerts, bagads, bagpipes and fest-noz!
Trévignon headland, in the municipality of Trégunc, is an integral part of a superb natural site owned by the French Coastal Protection Agency. This gulls' paradise lies at the end of a 6-kilometre strip of dunes dotted with lakes, and is a sanctuary for birds.
At this great place for outings and hikes, nature-lovers will be delighted by the biodiversity and the wild landscapes, between the coastal path and beaches, with a view of the Glénans, whose dunes and seven lakes are listed sites. One of them, Loc'h Coziou, is an ornithological reserve that is home to over 150 species, to discover on a guided tour with the House of the Coast (Maison du Littoral).
Trévignon headland also possesses some interesting built heritage: the fort, an old castle that is now private property; the lighthouse at the end of the jetty; a pretty little fishing harbour and marina; and a 16th-century chapel, St. Philibert's, built on the hillside.
Boasting a rich historical heritage, the "blue town" of Concarneau developed from an old fortified island, the Ville Close. It was built on a rocky islet and ramparts were erected around it in the 13th century, then remodelled in the 17th century by Vauban. This strategic position made it a first-rate military and trading site, which would require the town to be extended as time went by, with the addition of several suburbs and neighbouring villages. You can access the fortifications during the school holidays thanks to the Heritage House (Maison du Patrimoine), which provides access to the ramparts via the Governor's tower. From there, you can enjoy an impressive view of the Bay of Concarneau, the fishing harbour and the marina.
Inside the Ville Close are the pretty, narrow streets of restaurants and shops that make this Finistère town so charming…
An active fishing port, Concarneau tells the story of maritime activity at the Fishing Museum, with an impressive collection of boats, scale models and everyday objects used by sailors.
Ocean biodiversity is the theme of the Marinarium, a showcase for the marine biology station which offers many attractions including a touch pool for children.
Another sight to see is Keriolet Castle, in the hills around the town, a Neo-Gothic gem from the 19th century. It was built on the orders of a Russian princess, Tsar Nicholas II's aunt, and belonged to Prince Yusupov, Rasputin's assassin.
In the tourist season, Concarneau becomes a seaside resort thanks to its sandy beaches, sheltered in one of Brittany's most beautiful bays. A scenic walk leads you there via the corniche. Many coastal and inland paths await walkers who want to enjoy the coast or the surrounding countryside.
A date for your diary in summer: the Filets Bleus festival in the second-to-last weekend of August. The programme includes musical entertainment, exhibitions, workshops and concerts.
The biggest artificial lake in Brittany, Lake Guerlédan was built between 1923 and 1930, to supply power to the dam of the same name. It is open for leisure activities and bathing, with specially designed facilities at several beaches: the biggest of the beaches, Beau Rivage, where you can practise water skiing, canoeing, pedalo or paddle boarding, and where you can set off for a cruise on the lake; Sordan Cove; Guerlédan Cove, near the Cornec wood, where 12 marked circuits await mountain bikers; and Landroanec in Mûr-de-Bretagne, a popular place for fishing.
To the west of the lake, the environment becomes wilder with its moors and gorse, and there are some superb viewpoints like the site of Trégnanton.
Several marked hiking trails await ramblers, including a complete tour around the lake, as well as many exceptional places in the surrounding area: the Cistercian Abbey of Bon-Repos, from the 12th century, the old steel village of Les Forges des salles, the Nantes-Brest Canal, the covered alleys of Liscuis, the electricity museum in Saint-Aignan and more.
This pretty city in Finistère, 15 kilometres from the coasts, has the Rivers Steïr and Odet running through it. Many footbridges over the two waterways, the medieval old town, the little streets and the peaceful squares contribute greatly to the city's romantic atmosphere, influenced by the medieval period.
Three distinct areas form its historic centre, to be explored on foot at your leisure!
The Locmaria quarter, featuring an old priory, medieval garden that has earned the Remarkable Garden label, and a Romanesque church, which has large amounts of Breton art. In this area, there are some lovely pottery and embroidery shops, including one name that's not to be missed: the Henriot-Quimper faience pottery works, a local institution!
The episcopal quarter, with the old Bishops' Palace and the Cathedral of St. Corentin, built in the 13th century, is one of the oldest Gothic cathedrals in Brittany. Be sure to admire its stained glass windows and two spires, towering 75 metres above the ground.
The Dukes of Brittany quarter, with its Church of St. Matthew, houses with corbels, gables or timber frames, typical cobbled streets named after the medieval corporations…
Quimper is Brittany's cultural capital. To find out more about the history and artistic heritage of the city, head to the Museum of Fine Arts, one of the most extensive in France, based in an Italian-style palace. There are works of art by the Pont-Aven School on its walls, and one section is dedicated to the legend of Ys, a town that was engulfed by the waves.
The region's heritage is showcased at the old episcopal palace, which has been turned into a Breton departmental museum devoted to the popular arts and traditions of Finistère.
Quimper has some lovely shops where you can buy tasty treats, as well as factory outlets, especially for pottery: a good opportunity to acquire a famous "Breton bowl" with your name on it. To find out more about this art form, feel free to visit the Earthenware Museum in the Locmaria quarter, which has a long list of exhibits, some of which are unique.
If you feel peckish, don't hesitate to sample the famous lace pancakes or pay a visit to a pancake house!
Since 1923, Quimper has hosted the Cornouaille festival every year in July, with Breton music. Many shows and concerts take place during this period.
A must-see attraction in the capital of Finistère, the Museum of Fine Arts was founded in 1864, thanks to a donation by the Count of Silguy, who was born in the city. Here you can admire some extensive collections of French, Italian, Flemish and Dutch painting, from the 14th century to the present day. Seen as one of the main art museums in Western France, Quimper Museum of Fine Arts also has themed departments, dedicated to the Quimper poet Max Jacob, the Pont-Aven School, Breton-inspired painting and the graphic arts.
The museum organises three big exhibitions a year, and has several times been awarded the "exhibition of national interest" label by the French Museums Directorate of the Ministry for Culture and Communication.
The "Studio secrets" circuit helps young ones to explore these exhibitions through hands-on activities and games.
Faience pottery developed from the 17th century onwards in Quimper's Locmaria quarter. Inspired by Breton culture, faience-making reached its peak in the 19th century, with a unique manufacturing process. Soon there would be competition from new arrivals on this profitable and popular market. In the early 20th century, three big names were known all over France: La Grande Maison de la Hubaudière, Porquier-Beau and Henriot.
Quimper faience is entirely decorated by hand and the manufacturing process has many stages: creating the mould, preparing the clay , calibration, pressing, casting, finishing, and the first firing. Then come enamelling, freehand decoration and the second firing.
The last big faience house, Henriot-Quimper, offers workshop tours and sells its collections on the premises.
To find out all about this world-famous local craft, don't hesitate to visit the museum dedicated to it, located in a former faience works in Locmaria. Collection pieces from the 18th century appear alongside contemporary pieces, some of which are unique!
We offer you a unique experience of tasting original cheeses with seaweed. Algae not only bring color to food but also health benefits.
Discover the park and gardens of Château de Lanniron, a listed natural site unique in Brittany on the banks of the Odet. Nearly 40 hectares of park await you for a half-day with the family. 17th century terraced gardens, 19th century arboretum are to be discovered through a treasure hunt for children. Inflatable structures, trampolines, playgrounds, go-karts await you. Above all, come and seek lofty sensations in a course high in the trees with a view of the river ! That's more than 350m² of bouncy nets !
In Cani Rando, in the Monts d'Arree, in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of Armorique, circuit Between Mountains, from Mont Saint Michel de Brasparts to Roc'h Cleguer, with breathtaking views of the Monts d'Arree and the lake from Brennilis. Hiking pulled by one of the huskies of the Domaine, an atypical and original activity for hiking otherwise. Accessible to children under 12 and from 6 years old.
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