Top 12 Awesome Things to do in Brittany

I love the lovely region of Brittany. It’s one of the great historic provinces of France, located in the northwest. It’s my most favorite place in France for so many reasons – great diversity and unique with its remarkable history and Celtic heritage, spectacular natural landscape, gorgeous beaches, and excellent cuisine. To me, even the most idyllic postcard perfect picture of Brittany does not do justice to the place.

Brittany

Typical flower in Brittany

There are so many activities for visitors to enjoy during a stay in Finisterre – meander through the countryside or organize a tour of any of the region’s historic place. Brittany is all about living the good life – nature, heritage, good food and cider, and incredible people. Personally, after a month of stay in Brittany, I found it incredibly difficult to leave.

Love this garden in Roscoff

Since Brittany is a popular location for family holidays in France, here’s my top 12 awesome things to see and do when you visit this impressive region:

1.Wander along Carnac’s long and mysterious rows of standing stones.

The magnificent collection of Standing Stones in Carnac is one of the most extraordinary sites of Brittany. While you can find isolated manmade standing stones scattered throughout the whole region, Carnac features miles and miles of aligned standing stone. It has been protected by UNESCO World Heritage since 1996. We went there with our friends to see the exceptional 6000 years old Neolithic sites and the largest megalithic sites in the world.

Carnac

Carnac

2. Visit the 2nd oldest manmade  monument in the world.

The great Cairn de Barnenez is truly amazing – big pile of stones (75m long, 28m wide, 8m high) and very old (about 7,000 years old) as it was built between 4,800 and 4,000 B.C on a hill overlooking the Bay of Morlaix. It is known as the oldest and largest megalithic burial chamber in Europe, and the second oldest manmade monument in the world.
Did you know? It is about 2,000 years older than the first step pyramid of Egypt and it is much bigger than Stonehenge in the UK.

Cairn de Barnenez

Cairn de Barnenez

3. Explore the beautiful castles.

If you are tired of laying in the sunshine, there are quite a few beautiful castles in Brittany to explore and enjoy. We have visited the following: The Château de Brest (Castle of Brest), which has about 1700 years of history, and considered as the oldest castle in the world still in use. The Château du Taureau (Castle of the Bull), a 16th century defensive castle (about 500 year old castle) which has a messy past but also had lots of different uses in its history. The 16th century Château de Kerjean (Castle of Kerjean), which was originally built as a home for the Barbier family. It was open to the public in 2005 after being restored in the early 21st century.

The Castle of Brest

The Castle of the Bull

The Castle of Kerjean

4. Discover the amazing churches and abbeys.

In Brittany, I love the ancient, massive and elaborately embellished Catholic parish churches. We have visited at least 6 parishes: The Le Folgoet Notre Dame Basilica of the Virgin Mary is a gem of Gothic Flamboyant architecture as it has stunning beautiful Gothic style towers and stunning stained glasses. The Saint Thegonnec Church is famous for its funerary chapel and triumphal arch. The Guimiliau church in the village of Guimiliau is populary known for having the largest calvaries in the region, which are sculpted with about 200 figures. The Chapelle Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle in the little town of Locronan is one of the 12 stages along the pilgrimage route called Grande Troménie. The 16th century Notre Dame de Croaz Batz in Roscoff is well-known for its unique elegant Renaissance style bell tower.  The Cathedrale of St Corentin in Quimper is lauded to be the most beautiful gothic building in Brittany with its majestic stained glass windows.

Le Folgoet Notre Dame Basilica of the Virgin Mary

Saint Thegonnec Church

Chapelle Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle

Notre Dame de Croaz Batz

Cathedrale of St Corentin

5. Amble in the medieval towns.

There are so many medieval towns scattered everywhere in Brittany. Walking through the narrow, winding medieval lanes is all part and parcel of Brittany’s charms. In fact, we had a beautiful walk in the famous town of Locronan which has been listed as a Historic Monument in 1924 and has been awarded the title of most beautiful village in France. Landerneau is another gorgeous medieval town known for its remarkable architectural heritage most specifically the Rohan Bridge, built in the 16th century and inhabited for more than 500 years.
Did you know? Rohan Bridge is the only bridge in Europe that has still people living on it up to these days.

The little town of Locronan

Behind me is the Rohan Bridge in Landerneau.

6. Stroll in Foret de Huelgoat.

I love the stunning landscape and enchanting views in Foret de Huelgoat. It is a charming place to visit for an easy good walk or a picnic. Just time it right with the weather and stroll around the forest for a wonderfully enchanting excursion. In there you can find a great “chaos”, a large collection of huge boulders left after a glacier has melted.

Huelgoat

Huelgoat

7. Hill walking in the Moors of Cragou.

Are you fed up with seaside views but still up for a walk? In a beautiful area in Brittany, not far away from the ocean and with a fabulous climate, lies the wild Moors of Cragou. It is a Reserve area and serves as a haven for the wildlife so that the animals and plants can reproduce. In this area, people are forbidden to build houses, buildings or roads. The rocks stand 282 m above the sea level and remain untouched by mankind, with the exception of a few brave hill-walkers.

Moors of Cragou

Moors of Cragou

8. Day trip to Brittany’s islands.

Apart from its quaint villages, historic towns and breathtaking countryside, Brittany is also known for its pretty islands where you can have a perfect and peaceful break. While we were in Brittany, we hopped to Ile de Batz, one of its beautiful islands. We had a fantastic time there and one of the activities that I would never forget was when we leisurely walked around the whole island while enjoying its superb landscape. Indeed, it’s an exotic gem.

The island of Batz

The island of Batz

The island of Batz

9. Enjoy the magnificent coastal scenery.

Who wouldn’t love wonderful coastal scenery with rich flora and fauna, solitary lighthouses, pretty harbors, dramatic cliffs, amazing rock formations sculpted by the waves? There, the Channel sea meets the Atlantic ocean. The coastal area around Pointe Saint Mathieu provides a splendid views of the coast and a walking area for those who are nature lovers. The extraordinary coastal hamlet of Meneham is notable for its 17th century coastguard’s cottage with a stone roof surrounded by great boulders that are also scattered along the Kerlouan coastline. I am sure you’ll be bewitched by the serene landscapes because everywhere you turn the view is beautiful.

Pointe Saint Mathieu

Kerlouan

Hamlet of Meneham

10. Laze at Brittany’s lovely beaches.

Brittany has loads of great sandy beaches. I noticed that they are rarely really crowded because the water is so cold. Personally, I love the beach, though! We usually go to the Pontusval and Keremma. In Pontusval you can see a lighthouse, the water is very clear and many rocks that have formed intriguing shapes are scattered everywhere, while in Keremma there’s a 6km line of sand dunes (slowly disappearing though L) and translucent water. There are many seaside activities and watersports to enjoy – sunbathing, swimming, fishing, shellfish gathering, diving, sailing, kayaking, etc. The beaches in Brittany are simply a must see!

Pontusval Beach

Pontusval

Keremma Beach

Kerlouan Beach

11. Smack Breton luscious food.

Another thing that you should not miss when you are in Brittany is to try their delicious food – oysters, crepe, Breton butter cake and many more. If you are an oyster lover you can find great oysters in Cancale, a small town in Brittany. Crepe is a traditional Breton food. There are sweet crepes which are made with wheat flour and savory crepes made with buckwheat flour. The Breton butter cake (Kouign Amann) is a rich, mouth-watering dessert made of dough, butter and sugar.

Crêpe Flambée

Breton butter cake (Kouign Amann)

12. Don’t forget to taste Cider.

Even though Brittany does not produce wine, it produces Cider which is considered as Breton’s traditional drink. It is usually drank from clay cups to bring out the earthy flavor of the cider.

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France: The Castle of Brest

It was on a beautiful day as the sun shone brightly and the breeze was crisp and clean, that we decided to travel to Brest and visit one of the historical monuments in Bretagne.

The exterior of the castle.

The exterior of the castle.

Here’s another view of the exterior of the castle taken from the top of a tower.

The castle of Brest is located in the Finistere, France. It is the oldest monument in the city and it is the oldest castle in the world still in use. It was classified as historical monument on March 21, 1923. From the Roman castellum to Vauban’s citadel, the Castle of Brest has about 1700 years of history, and up till now it has held up its original role as military fortress. Even though the Romans were the first to spot this strategic location, the castle has grown through the middle ages and has evolved to accommodate cannon warfare and what was modern strategy in the 18th century.

Another picture of the exterior of the Castle of Brest. :-)

Another picture of the exterior of the Castle of Brest. 🙂

The castle was a very massive fortress-developed.

The mote around the castle.

Inside the castle, there is a naval museum that houses a collection of models and re-enactments. One of the pictures I saw was a picture of the streets of Brest City taken before 1939, as they stood before the bombing by the allies during the Second World War. I also saw some pictures of the reconstruction of the city. There were also Dioramas made by Brest painter Jim Sévellec that represent the major episodes of the history of Brest. I enjoyed the fascinating naval museum.

One of the beautifully crafted scale model boats exhibited in the naval museum. :-)

One of the beautifully crafted scale model of the French navy boats exhibited in the naval museum. 🙂

Some of the wonderfully carved wooden figure heads of the ancient boats of the French navy.

The Castle of Brest has a very unique tower in a modern surrounding still standing. In addition, the fortress just above the land was considered as the strongest fort in the world in the middle ages. Even though it was heavily damaged in WW II during the siege of Brest in 1944, the castle was restored to its majesty and it is considered as one of the major monuments in Brittany.

The Romans built this wall and the top part of the Roman wall is made of two layers of red bricks. What is amazing is that the Roman wall is the foundation of the modern castle wall. 🙂

It is a German U boat from the WW II.

During the tour, I learned many things about this wonderful monument full of history dating back to 280AD, as it was going through all the events of French and European history. Overall, if you are around the area and if you are interested in history, the castle of Brest is a must see.

Little Lilly travel tip:

  • It is not accessible for the people who are using wheelchair as you have to climb several stairs.
  • It is a good place for children as they will enjoy gazing at every display in the naval museum.
  • Be mindful when taking pictures as there are some areas where taking pictures is not allowed since it’s still functioning as a military base.

France: Château du Taureau

France is renowned for its magnificent castles – from defensive castles to residential castles. In fact, all regions in France have castles open for visit with their own fascinating story to tell.

Château du Taureau also known as the Castle of the Bull. :-)

Château du Taureau also known as the Castle of the Bull. 🙂

One of the beautiful pictures we captured while we were on the boat.

One of the beautiful pictures we captured while we were on the boat.

We took a boat to visit the Château du Taureau (Castle of the Bull), a 16th century island fortress redesigned by Vauban (famous French military architect during the 16th/early 17th century) while we were in Brittany. It is certainly a surprising place, situated in one of the loveliest bays of Brittany in the north-west of France, that was built on a rock in the Bay of Morlaix and welcomes you with open arms.

At the top level of the castle.

At the top level of the castle.

Excited to get into the castle.

Excited to get into the castle.

The boat that took us to the castle.

The boat that took us to the castle.

This 500 year old castle has a messy past and has had many different uses in its history – defensive building against the English raiders at first, then used as a prison where some of the first French Revolutionaries were locked away, then a residence in the 1930s, then it was occupied by the German forces during World War II, then recently a sailing school till 1980 and finally now a museum.

At the first level of the castle.

At the first level of the castle.

At the terrace.

At the terrace.

The tour started with a beautiful commentary by our guide while we were on a boat. One of the amazing things I have learned from our guide was about a black species of bird that thrives in the Bay (I can’t remember the exact name of the bird), which is able to dive 30 meters deep into the sea and stay there for about 3 minutes. In addition, our guide gave us information about the islands surrounding the area. On top of it, the views were great from the boat.

Beautiful view of the port from our boat.

Beautiful view of the port from our boat.

The view of the other side of the port.

The view of the other side of the port.

After a 45 minutes boat trip from Le Diben port, we reached this wonderful fortress. It is beautifully restored and has been renovated over the years as some parts were destroyed during the revolution. As soon as we arrived in the fort, the guide gave us a very clear picture of the history of fortress and then we were free to wander around for about an hour and let our imaginations wonder. The rooms are mostly empty except for activities such as chess, domino, etc. While roaming around, I could imagine what life would have been like for a prisoner of soldier inside this building.

When our guide told us the brief history of the castle.

When our guide told us the brief history of the castle.

One of the rooms in the castle.

One of the rooms in the castle.

Inside the castle.

Inside the castle.

In another room.

In another room.

To me, exploring the Château du Taureau is more than just another visit, this is a journey into the heart of History itself, and a tribute to the memories of the Bay area whose natural treasures are still intact. We meandered around the place, explored the bunkers on the terrace area, strolled along the passageways and had a look at the drawbridge. There are lots of rooms for wonderful panoramic views and stunning 360 degrees views from the terrace.

The view from the terrace.

The view from the terrace.

The view from the boat.

The view from the boat.

Another view from the terrace.

Another view from the terrace.

Our tour at the castle of the Bull was very nice and it was an excellent historical visit. The castle is rooted in local history and it was explained and presented well by our guide who knew how to tell it with passion. It was an experience to discover and it’s pretty rare to see a strong open sea.

One of the windows in the castle where the canon was used to be placed.

One of the windows in the castle where the canon was used to be placed.

If you wish to go there, there are many kinds of visits and many ways to feel the magic of a place such as – a guided tour, a theatrical encounter, a singing or a storytelling experience. In addition, this year, the Château du Taureau has offered new things to do including picnic spots, historic visits and “pirates for little ones” activities.

On the boat and our way to visit the Castle of the Bull.

On the boat and our way to visit the Castle of the Bull.

An island near the castle that people can rent.

An island near the castle that people can rent.

At Le Diben Port.

At Le Diben Port.

Trivia: the Castle of the Bull, because of its location, remains a fairly isolated place. The German army had a garrison there during the Second World War. When Germany capitulated, the garrison at the Castle of the Bull was so isolated that they did not hear about it. The U.S. army had to send a battalion to the castle to inform the surprised German occupants that they had lost the war about a month ago. The US officer in charge of this battalion returned as a tourist to visit the castle in the 1970s.

Little Lilly travel tip:

  • You need to book the trip in advance because the tides do not allow access by boat throughout the whole day.
  • It is not accessible by wheelchair, as there are steps from the boat to the entrance, and in between all levels of the building.
  • A great castle to visit for kids (at any age) and adults alike.
  • All visitors are free to roam around the three levels of the building.
  • There was no toilet in the fort for the public, but there were two on our boat.
  • There is a small gift shop in the fort.
  • When the bells ring, you have to say goodbye to the castle and return to the ship.
  • There is an island near the castle that people can rent.

Have you visited the Château du Taureau? What’s your favourite experience?

France: Le Folgoet Notre Dame Basilica

It was my first time here and I was wowed to see this superb little architectural masterpiece located in the Finistere of Brittany in the north-west of France.

Beautiful Le Folgoet Notre Dame Basilica

Beautiful Le Folgoet Notre Dame Basilica

I love the magnificent details of the Basilica.

I love the magnificent details of the Basilica.

With its stunning stained-glass and its beautiful tower, the Le Folgoet Notre Dame Basilica of the Virgin Mary is a gem of Gothic Flamboyant architecture. The Gothic style tower is simple yet magnificent. The basilica is topped by a wonderful spire and has an unusual square shape. The 15th century granite jube, the gorgeous 19th century roses adorning the cross chapel and apse and the charming 15th century statue of Our Lady of Folgöet, all those are remarkable. Certainly, this medieval Basilica is one of the most beautiful churches in the heart of Finistere and one of the most magical sights in Brittany.

dazzling stained glass

dazzling stained glass

The pictures on the stained glass represents the life story of Salin, the mad guy.

During the visit, I learned that a long time ago in the town of Folgoet there was a mad guy called Salin who always sang “Ave Maria” in the wild forest. When he died in November, a white flower grew and bloomed for 6 six weeks from his mouth with Ave Maria written in golden letters on the leaves. When the villagers saw it, they were surprised because it was unusual for the flower to grow as it was the end of autumn. So the villagers informed the priest and when they dug into the ground, they found out that the flower grew from the mouth of Salin. Because of this miracle a Basilica was built upon his grave in the 15th century. All this around the legend of Salin and lots more to discover!

A statue of the Virgin Mary

A statue of the Virgin Mary

So, when the Duchess of Brittany and Queen of France Anne heard about the miracle, she decided to give donations, and amazing sculptures and ornaments were created to embellish the Basilica.

Wonderful decorations outside the church

Wonderful decorations outside the church

It was indeed a great and interesting tour of this sumptuous site! Thank you to our brilliant guide from SPREV for making our visit a memorable one. 🙂

Little Lilly travel tip:

  • Excellent tour guides who belong to an organization SPREV which is dedicated to preserving and promoting religious sites located within cities are available in the summer.
  • There’s a museum across the street.

Have you visited Le Folgoet Notre Dame Basilica? Or do you have a favourite church for us to explore the next time we’re in Brittany?

France: Exploring Pointe St Mathieu

We headed from Kerlouan to Pointe Saint Mathieu on a sunny and clear day so the destination was all that more spectacular and, when we arrived there, the view was so clear that we could see for miles. This dramatic and romantic point is located in a province called Finistere at the very Western end point of continental France, on a rocky point, with craggy coast all around, with its lighthouses and ruins of an old abbey and cathedral, and L’Iroise sea outside. Pointe St Mathieu is a significant landmark and one of the greatest places to visit in Brittany.

There's so much history and so much to see.

There’s so much history and so much to see.

The Abbey of St. Mathieu

The abbey of St. Mathieu is about 1000 years old. It was built in 1000 AD and it was rebuilt into a church in 1200 AD. It was built close to the Atlantic Ocean and English Channel. The church was destroyed during the French Revolution. The ruins of the old Saint Mathieu abbey and church are really impressive and give a big contrast of modern and medieval building design.

Some parts of the ruins.

Some parts of the ruins.

Beautiful ruins of the church.

Beautiful ruins of the church.

The ruins and the newest lighthouse.

The ruins and the newest lighthouse.

The lighthouses

There were 3 lighthouses built around the church. The smallest lighthouse was built in the 11th century. The lighthouse with round orange on the top was built in the early 19th century and is open for visitors. If you don’t mind the 163 steps, it is well worth the climb. The gray lighthouse, the newest and modern, was built in the 20th century. The modern lighthouse is the only lighthouse that is functioning at present as it has modern equipment such as radar. I heard that L’Iroise is one of the world’s busiest sea routes, but also hard to navigate. For that reason, there are a large number of lighthouses built all around.

The first lighthouse built in the 11th century.

The first lighthouse built in the 11th century.

The second lighthouse built in the 19th century.

The second lighthouse built in the 19th century.

The third lighthouse built in 20th century.

The third lighthouse built in 20th century.

Magnificent landscape

The whole coastal area around Pointe Saint Mathieu provides a beautiful walking area and an ideal walk for nature lovers and for those who love to walk, with splendid views of the coast, the cliffs, and the lighthouse. The paths are well marked and safe, but provide some very moderate challenge of climbing up and down the hills. While we were walking, I saw many different types of wildflowers growing all around the cliffs and many different sea birds flying past.

It is a very nice place at the end of the land.

It is a very nice place at the end of the land.

It was indeed a good coastal walks.

It was indeed a good coastal walks.

The small museum

The museum provides historical information about the abbey and the church.

The cenotaph (National maritime memorial monument)

The national maritime memorial monument was dedicated to the sailors who died at sea during the different wars.

The monument at the background is the cenotaph.

The monument at the background is the cenotaph.

While we were in the area, we leisurely wandered around the place and I enjoyed the visit very much. I found the whole site more compact and very peculiar than I expected as it has something for everyone – lots of history (ancient and modern), culture, architecture, old buildings, nature, magnificent landscape, sea, hills, chilly wind, pleasant walk and some romance. I could imagine that it would be excellent to stroll in the evening or stand at the point and watch all the blinking lighthouses while listening to the waves in the dark. It is a geographically interesting place to visit and well worth the effort. Indeed, we had a beautiful seascapes and a relaxing break.

Even the wild flowers are beautiful.

Even the wild flowers are beautiful.

Little Lilly Travel Tip:

  • The parking area is free.
  • The access to most of the sites is free.
  • The entrance fee to the museum and to go up to the lighthouse is very reasonable.
  • Public toilet is just nearby the parking area.
  • There is a hotel just nearby the parking area.

France: Great Cairn de Barnenez

It was a beautiful day and the sky was blue, the air was crisp and the sun was shining gloriously that we organized a trip to visit a Neolithic wonder called Cairn de Barnenez, since we have always been historical monuments enthusiasts and have visited quite a few over the years.

Europe's largest Mausoleum.

Europe’s largest Mausoleum.

The great Cairn de Barnenez is located near Plouezoc’h, on the Kernéléhen peninsula in northern Finistère of Brittany in France. It is indeed a big pile of stones – 75 meters long, 28 meters wide and 8 meters high and very, very old – about 7,000 years old. It was built between 4, 800 and 4, 000 B.C on a hill overlooking the gorgeous Bay of Morlaix (from the north) and the rolling hills of Brittany. It was then occupied until around – 2, 500 B. C. It is known to be the oldest and largest megalithic burial chamber in the entire Europe and it is the second oldest monument in the world. It is also 2, 000 years older than the first step pyramid of Egypt and it is much, much bigger when compared to Stonehenge in the UK. It is truly awe-inspiring!

For Megalithic enthusiast.

For Megalithic enthusiast.

This massive stone cairn was built in phases. The overall structure covers 11 passages leading to what is believed to be funeral chambers. Unfortunately, 9 out of 11 passages have been sealed off which includes the ones with artwork on the stones. However, we could couch very low to pass through one side of the cairn to the other. I think it’s got a romantic history of being saved in the 50’s from a building company who were quarrying and selling the cairn’s stones.

Stunning facts, stunning monument, and stunning views.

Stunning facts, stunning monument, and stunning views.

Even though this enormous structure is a bit away from the main roads, if you are a megalith buff it is well worth the time and effort. Personally, I appreciate the skill and determination of those Neolithic-to-Bronze-Age people who built the largest mausoleum in Europe. We spent about an hour and a half here. We joined the French-spoken tour and I was kindly translated the gist of it in English by my traveling buddy. I loved the meadow that surrounds the site. It is full of the most beautiful variety of wildflowers, butterflies and bees. When I looked at this wonderful site, I tried to imagine how it would have looked 7000 years ago. To me, it is an impressive testimony of history.

Magnificent.

Magnificent.

Little Lilly travel tip:

  • It is open 7 days a week except on certain holidays.
  • Reasonable admission charge. We paid 5.50 euros when we went there.
  • There are informative hand-outs and additional information at the reception building.
  • Shops and toilets are available at the reception building.

Cairn de Barnenez indeed looks very interesting. Is it in your bucket list?

France: A walk in the town of Locronan

During our summer vacation in France on July and August 2015, we decided to spend a day climbing the mountain of Locronan and exploring an impressive and unspoiled village in Bretagne, France called the town of Locronan (Locrono). It was built at the foot of a hill and the first settlement was in the 5th century B.C. The village was granted town status in 1505 by Anne of Brittany, who went there on a pilgrimage. I have learned that the town has a population of about 800, and welcomes about half million of visitors every year.

Picturesque small town. :-)

Picturesque small town. 🙂

The town of Locronan is located around 15 kilometers north-west of Quimper in the Finistere department of western Brittany. It is a famous small town in Brittany, which is listed as Historic Monument since 1924 and has been awarded the title of most beautiful village in France. It is also one of the most visited sites in the Finistere and in Brittany. Because of its magnificent scenery, art, culture and rich history, it inspired numerous actors, producers and movie directors to visit the place.

A lovely place to visit.

A lovely place to visit.

I have also learned that at first it was a sacred place for the Celts known as “nemeton” and later on it became an important religious center during the Middle Ages and important center for the manufacture of sail-cloth for the local ship-building industry during the 16th and 17th centuries.

Just love this place.

Just love this place.

When we parked our car in the main car park, the tourist office gave us a leaflet that suggested the best route to follow when visiting the village to ensure that we didn’t miss the highlights.

Fabulous.

Fabulous.

But before we visited the village, we decided to climb first the “mountain” of Locronan even though it was raining hard. It is about 300 meters high above sea level. The road up to the mountain was very good but very steep, making it quite difficult to climb. While we were finding the way to the mountain, we asked some residents there about the way to the hill of Locronan but we found it interesting when they said “mountain”of Locronan and not hill. LOL!

Saw these flowers while we were finding the way to the mountain of Locronan.

Saw these flowers while we were finding the way to the mountain of Locronan.

On the way to the mountain we saw plenty of blackberries everywhere and everybody can harvest them. However, when we went there, the blackberries are still red, which means they would be ready to eat in 2 or 3 weeks time when they turned black.

Blackberries.

Blackberries.

At the top of the mountain of Locronan, there was a small chapel overlooking the village. It was very peaceful as there were no other tourists there, since it was pouring down. I also noticed a Celtic cross outside the church. I have learned that the Celtic monks from Wales and Ireland went to Bretagne during the Anglo-Saxon invasion circa 580, and founded villages and churches.

The small chapel at the top of the mountain.

The small chapel at the top of the mountain.

Views from the top of the mountain.

Views from the top of the mountain.

When we visited the village, the afternoon showers had just stopped. The village looked very lovely. It looked deserted, the old stones were still wet, and the streets were shiny, reflecting the colors of the beautiful sky.

Locronan did not disappoint us.

Locronan did not disappoint us.

While we were walking in the village, I noticed that the whole center of Locronan was extremely well preserved and quite extensive. The houses are built in the distinctive local granite. I also observed that the solid houses with traditional slate roves are interspersed with plenty of greenery such as various kinds of pretty flowers and trees, making the village a very attractive place to see.

Don't miss their delicious crepe and yummy hot chocolate.

Don’t miss their delicious crepe and yummy hot chocolate.

At the center of the town, there’s the delightful Chapelle Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle. It is an ancient chapel and it is situated in a picturesque setting. The chapel is also one of the 12 stages along a pilgrimage route called the Grande Troménie that follows the route between the villages originally followed by Saint Ronan and other saints. There’s also a short procession called Petite Troménie that takes place there on the second Sunday in July each year.

The beautiful church in the beautiful historic town.

The beautiful church in the beautiful historic town.

I enjoyed my day hiking to the mountain and strolling round the tiny cobbled streets admiring the old houses, the church and the fascinating views. It is a must if you are in the area. To me, Locronan is one of the most charming little towns that I have ever visited.

Little Lilly Travel Tip:

  • Bring an umbrella and a light jacket because the weather in Bretagne is unpredictable.
  • During the summer, it gets very touristy, so it’s better to get there early as the parking area is limited.

Have you been to the village of Locronan? What did you like best about the town?