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Historic towns

Historic towns

A proud heritage with a face to the future: Finistère's towns are steeped in legend and history yet ever evolving.

A rich and well-preserved heritage, cultural vitality and an unmistakably authentic feel to the bustling market squares – these are all elements typical of our historic towns. Each one has a different character; each is a great place to rest your head and wake up to a new day.

From the lively ports to the more delicate charm of peaceful retreats, Finistère’s towns and cities bear witness to the passing generations who have built them, sharing their history with those who visit today.


Located on the foothills of the Arrée Mountains, at the entrance to the Natural Regional Park of Armorique, Guerlesquin is a quirky little market town that you’re not likely to forget.

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Landerneau is situated on the Brest estuary on the banks of the Elorn, where the Lands of Léon and Cornouaille meet.

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Le Faou

Between the Arrée Mountains and the Brest estuary, Le Faou is a picturesque town. Its history is closely linked to the ocean.

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Locronan might have been the backdrop for many a film, but it is not just for the stars of the big screen!

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Built on a promontory, the medieval town of Pont-Croix is bordered by the tranquil waters of the River Goyen, with its adorable little tidal mill. Countless artists have come to set up their easels here in the picturesque streets of Pont-Croix.

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As you thread your way through the picturesque narrow streets, the steep alleyways that rise and fall, and pass under the grand viaduct that makes this town so recognisable, you’ll discover why people are so fond of this medieval town.

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Cross the bridge, explore the streets and passageways, brave the bracing winds on the harbour and let the beauty of the town unfurl.

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Pont l'Abbé is a town at the heart of bigoudène tradition

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Easily accessible, Quimperlé is great place to discover some exceptional monuments, such as the 11th century Sainte-Croix Abbey, the Frémeur hospital (the only example of a medieval hospital in Brittany that has been so well-preserved) and the Maison...

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Saint-Pol de Léon

A lively commercial town with Renaissance buildings, Saint-Pol de Léon heads up one of the largest market-garden regions in Europe. Open to the sea, Saint-Pol de Léon must be one of Brittany’s top towns when it comes to obvious religious heritage....

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Quimper, the capital of the “department” of Finistère and also of this area known as French Conrnwall (“Cornouaille”), is a thousand-year-old city recognised for its artistic and historic significance through the label "Ville d'Art et d'Histoire"....

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