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Pont-Aven

Pont-Aven

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

Whether you prefer a guided visit or the sense of getting happily lost, you’re sure to see why Paul Gauguin found inspiration here, time and again.

Strolling along the banks of the River Aven, you’ll see the cascading waters of the Chaos de l'Aven that provides such a contrast form the peaceful harmony of the Bois d'amour, a symbolic spot for liberty that continues to talk to modern generations. Any would-be painters can follow in the painting footsteps of Paul Gauguin and Paul Sérusier but also, of course, to find their own artistic inspiration.

Finally, leave the lively area around the port, heading to the mouth of the Aven where it meets the sea. The river with its fascinating flora and fauna grows and meanders, taking you past Hénan with its mill, the Miller’s House, the Château du Hénan, the chapels of Trémor and Sainte-Marguerite, the pretty ports of Kerdruc and Rosbraz, Kerroched Bay and Port-Manec'h where the River Aven and the River Bélon throw themselves into the ocean.

If you walk along the Right Bank, you can enjoy 14 kilometres of the GR34 path (either on your own or with a guide on Thursdays in summer) or you could even enjoy a boat trip with a guided commentary aboard the aptly-named ‘Paul Gauguin’.

The Town of Painters

From 1865, a cosmopolitan group of artists began to gather and paint in Pont-Aven. It was was only after 1886, however, that Gauguin, Bernard and Sérusier ensured Pont-Aven’s place in posterity with their new artistic concepts. Now known all over the world as the "School of Pont-Aven", their movement is seen as one of the foundations of Modern Art.

The story of their life and work can be discovered at the Musée des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts Museum). Classified as a "Musée de France", it holds over 850 works of art both through permanent exhibition and temporary shows.

Nowadays, Pont-Aven certainly upholds its status as home and inspiration to artists, with several artist workshops, an Art School, an International Centre of Modern Art, beginners’ art courses open to everyone and 60 private exhibition spaces. All year round, including weekends and holidays, the town offers a multi-coloured welcome, with painting ever-dear to its heart.

Shopping in Pont-Aven

This little commercial town has been flourishing since the late 18th century, famous for its surrounding mills, its harbour and its warm welcome – all of which you can still enjoy today whilst you browse and buy.

Do you love a tasty morsel or two? Pont-Aven has a great reputation for its butter biscuits known as ‘galettes’, but of course you can plenty of other goodies here. Sweet treats and Breotn specialities are ready and waiting in the shops and in the market stalls (on a Tuesday morning). The hard part is choosing… !

Do you love interior design? There are plenty of shops here offering ideas for the home, from modern furniture to unusual accessories, original artwork and unique crafts. Come and be inspired!

Do you love fashion? Traditional jewellery, costume jewellery and hand-crafted pieces are all here, from recognised brands to local designers.

The Pont-Aven of today continues to be a feast for the senses, especially for those who love to be surrounded by nature, beauty, art and inspiration.

Contact

Tourist Office - Tel. +33 (0)2 98 06 87 90 - contact@bretagnecornouailleocean.com - www.pontaven.com

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