The present building of the church of St-Pierrre de Crozon was built between 1899 - 1902 but there is evidence that a church has stood in this same place for many centuries. It is believed that the Christian community of Crozon provided sanctuary for St Guénolé who fled to Brittany from Wales in 480 and was later to found the Abbey at Landévennec.
Over the centuries at least 4 other buildings were destroyed in attacks by the Normans, the English, and Spanish and in local conflicts.
In 1944 it was seriously damaged by allied bombardment during the Liberation in 1944.. Restored after the war further improvements were carried out in 1992.
Remarkably many of the ancient treasures of the church were preserved and have been returned to the church.
Outside the Church are two reminders of the horrors of the two World wars of the 20th Century - the 1914 18 War Memorial and a Plaque that honours the memory of many local people who lost their lives in Nazi Concentration Camps.
The Plaque reads
In memory of all those who gave their lives in Nazi Concentration camps that France might live. You, who are passing by- remember them
usually, it's said that it's always raining in finistere but it's not true!! :)) appreciate again the coast under the sun!
This is a typical local cafe-bar where local people and visitors congregate. In the evenings it seems to be very popular with young people. During the day and particularly at lunch timeit is a great place for a good budget snack - huge sandwiches, ham salads etc at very resaonable prices. Coffee 1 euro 25 per cup, beers and soft drinks all at fair prices. You can pick up free wi-fi here too from the Hotel next door.
The Mutin Gourmand is the restaurant of Hotel de la Presqu’île . It holds the Michelin “Bib Gourmand” awarded for exceptionally high quality cuisine featuring local produce and inventive cooking.
As in the Hotel the Décor is in the style of CELTIA a modern design movement inspired by traditional Breton culture and crafts but interpreted in a modern manner, often using the skills of local crafts people and artists. Its aim is to get away from both the outmoded traditional and bland corporate styles seen in so many tourist hotels.
So the combination of local traditional and modern presents at first sight a slightly strange effect but nevertheless creates a warm and attractive ambience.
We were served a very tasty amuse-gueule while we studied the menu with the dry white wine we had ordered as an aperitif.
Before our first course along came a tiny cup of delicious soup and before the desert/cheese a “palate reviver” was served. So our 3 course Menu du Terroir seemed more like a 6 course meal.
All dishes served were excellent beautifully presented and obviously all cooked personally by Joël Euzen the owner chef and his team. Side salads were dressed with a delicious dressing, steak was good as was my fish dish and. The crème caramel I had was the best I have had anywhere and my husbands Plat du Fromages was not only enough for two but all cheeses were served in excellent condition
Excellent Value meal @ 26 Euros; coffee 3.50 each. 2 Kir Aligote 7 euros 50 each (much more than expected!) and a bottle of Muscadet 20 euros. Total 94 euros
More than we usually pay but the meal was exceptional and offered the only gourmet experience in town!
Favorite Dish: Home smoked salmon on a bed of salad ; smoked duck pate; crème caramel; regional cheeses, steak and fish - and all the little offerings in between!
The central position of Crozon has for centuries made it a good location for the markets held in Presqu’île.
In Place d’Eglise a small produce market is held on every day of the week including Sunday.
On the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month a Foire takes place with many more food stalls, clothes, shoes, housewares, toys, plants - a typical French market which covers both Place d’Eglise and the much larger Place de la Hotel de Ville .
The local cafes and bars do a good trade and there is a bustling atmosphere as people meet and chat around the stalls.
The photos were taken at the quieter daily market.
Not so much a "favourite" thing but a very useful facility!
If you need a free broadband connection the best place to be in Crozon is the Hotel de Presqu'ile in Place d'Eglise OR just outside in front of it perhaps sitting on the bench under the shade of the plane trees or at the Jupiter cafe next to the hotel.
Connection speeds vary from day to day, and time of day, but it is a good place to pick up and receive emails.