PONT-AVEN AND DISTRICT - painters and biscuits
This is the land of flour-mills - “14 mills, 15 houses”, goes the old adage. Pont-Aven used to be a centre of industry, and it is famous for its painters thanks to the school of painting that bears its name. The little town nestles in the hollow of an estuary that has been particularly favoured by history and nature. Today, it is full of art galleries and tried hard to remain quaint and unspoiled, while retaining its main economic activity, biscuit-making. Nearly two million boxes of Pont-Aven biscuits (galettes de Pont-Aven) are produced annually.
Port Manech - at the mouth of the Aven
The resort of Port-Manech hugs the estuaries of the Aven and the Belon. It has a fine sandy beach, which first became popular at the turn of the 19th and 20th C. The bathing huts along the shore are reminders of this era. If you walk to the Pointe de Beg ar Vechen, you will have a magnificent view of the islands in the bay and the two neighbouring rias of the Aven and Belon.
CONCARNEAU - the prettiest walled city in southern Brittany
In architecture, its busy fishing village and its wave-swept corniche help to make Concarneau one of the loveliest towns on the coast of Brittany. It is situated in one of the most sheltered bays on the Atlantic coast, and is now the third largest French fishing port for fresh fish and the largest of all for tuna from the tropics, including all the related industries, especially canning. The Halle a Maree, in which the fish auction and market are held, is enormous, covering a surface of 150,700 sq. ft.
The fortified city - this little walled city was built in the 14thC and it can only be reached by a drawbridge. The city itself is a gem, with its cobbled streets and tiny squares, which seem to have been forgotten by time. The ramparts can be visited (10.00a.m. - 7.30p.m. in summer; admission charge).