Morlaix Travel Guide

  • The viaduct at Morlaix
    The viaduct at Morlaix
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  • Guimiliau Calvary
    Guimiliau Calvary
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  • The old houses of Morlaix
    The old houses of Morlaix
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Morlaix Highlights

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     good point to start visiting the Breton enclos parroissiaux 

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     Brittany is so refreshingly different from other parts of France 

Morlaix Things to Do

  • Guimiliau Calvary

    About 5km further south and west of Saint-Thégonnec is the village of Guimiliau and another stunning Breton calvary. The colour of the stone is not as harmonious here as at Saint-Thégonnec but the calvary and parish close are even more spectacular.When I was there I witnessed a wedding going on which impressed me enormously to think these...

  • Saint-Thégonnec Calvary

    If you stay in Morlaix you are ideally placed to visit the three finest calvaries in Brittany.Just 10km west of Morlaix is the village of Saint-Thégonnec and the site of one of the famous Breton Calvaries. The church at Saint-Thégonnec has the classic parish close comprising of triumphal arch, ossuary and the calvary itself that dates from the 16th...

  • Maison de la Duchesse Anne de Bretagne

    The house of Duchess Anne de Bretagne is a very beautiful wooden house. You can also visit its interior. Have a look at the photos in my travelogues.

  • Have a walk in the harbour zone!

    Morlaix harbour is a very beautiful part of the town and you should really go there. Some cormorants live there and have also been provided a place where they can stay and nidify.

  • Eglise de Saint-Mathieu

    Saint-Mathieu is the main church of Morlaix and is worth visiting for its opening statue of Notre Dame du Mur. Its foundation dates back to the 11th century, but it was rebuilt in Gothic style between 1498 and 1505 and remade again in 1824. The bell-tower of 1548 is one of the first Renaissance buildings in France.

  • Eglise de Sainte-Mélaine

    The église de Sainte-Mélaine was built in flaming Gothic in 1489 over the ruins of a Romanesque church.

  • Statue ouvrante de Notre-Dame du Mur

    The statue ouvrante de Notre-Dame du Mur is a 14th-century opening statue of the Virgin at whose interior Saint Joseph holds the cross with Christ. Biblical scenes are depicted on both sides of the opened statue, as you can see in my travelogue.This is a rare kind of statue in France and in Europe.

  • Hotel de Ville

    As in all French towns the town hall is usually a grand affair, and Morlaix is no exception. In days gone by this building would have been on the waterfront, but due to the land being reclaimed the town hall now sits approx 600 meters from the harbour walls. The land was reclaimed when the viaduct was built in the 1860sThe square you see in front...

  • Saint-Mathieu quarter

    The Saint-Mathieu quarter of the town is the oldest part of Morlaix, sitting on the slopes on one of the three hills the town is built on, situated south of the town hall. This area is wonderfully atmospheric & traditionally olde worlde French, with narrow cobbled streets, timber framed buildings. In places it is still possible to see the old town...

  • Queen Annes House

    Morlaix is full of picturesque overhanging timber framed houses, dating back to the 1600s, one of which has been turned in to a museum called Maison de la Reine Anne. Where you wander inside & get the feel for life as it was centuries ago when The Duchess of Bretagne, Anne lived here. To read the long but fascinating story of her life & Bretagnes...

  • Church Interior

    With parts of the church being bombed in 1943 the interior decor is quite a mish mash of different styles, from modern stained windows telling of the story of the bombardment to freizes around the ceiling dating back to the mid 1600s.My favourite thing about the church was the ceiling, the whole area was wooden & painted in a lovely night time blue...

  • St Melaine

    The foundations of the present day church of St Melaine started back in 1149, when there sat a Benedictine Abbey. Over the centuries bits were destroyed & bits were added to make it in to the church you see today. An unusual feature is the minaret type bell tower on the front of the church. On the 29th January 1943 the church was bombed by the...

  • Morlaix Marina

    It is a pleasant walk along the riverside next ot the marina. The boats here tended to be pracital & fun rather than pretentious as seems to be the case at many marinas. There are 153 berths all on the east side of the river.According to the tides in the season you can get boat trips from the dockside here, either river trips or sea trips in to the...

  • An Interesting Drain Pipe (yes, really!)

    An unusual feature of the viaduct was each of the 14 arches has an individual drain pipe, running from underneath the centre of the arch all the way down to the lower arch. Apparently ( according to my husband!) it is more the norm to have a slightly slanting drainage channel running on the surface along side the road or railway line emptying at...

  • The Three Hills

    Morlaix is built within 3 hills, the bulk of the town is in the valley on reclaimed land, but as you can see by the old steps it can be steep in places. These are the steps which lead to to the top of the 63 meter high viaduct. A lot of the town is covered in cobbled stones.


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Morlaix Restaurants

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    Grand Cafe de la Terrasse

    by freya_heaven Updated Apr 6, 2005

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    This is a gorgeous establishment to while away a few hours, people watching & enjoying the atmosphere. Being veggie we have only ever had omlette when we have visited but the rest of the menu looks great if you eat meat too. It is a classic French brasserie with an upmarket feel it is, although that is not particularly reflected in the prices. All the very professional waiting staff are in their traditional place & whites & the decor is wonderfully grand. Looking forward to my next visit......

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Morlaix Shopping

  • Unsual Gifts

    Morlaix has its fair share of tourist gift & post card shops, but I felt this shop was just that little bit different. It has the most gorgeous African & Asian/Indian photos, artwork decorated note books, photo frames & albums etc. All very reasonably priced too.

  • "Hic"............

    This was a lovely little shop, apparently one of the best wine shops in the Morlaix area for choice. I am sadly not a wine drinker but there was certainly a huge range of wines for all bugets here. Wine?

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Morlaix Local Customs

  • One kiss on the cheek

    When people meet, they greet with the typical Breton custom of kissing on the cheek (se faire la bise). Only one kiss is usually exchanged, so the situation is far less complicated than in the neighbouring villages, where the numbers of kisses can vary from one to four.

  • Morlaix Tourist Office

    Morlaix Tourist Office is situated just south of the Viaduct in Place des Otages. Open 10am - 12 & then again 2.30 - 6pm. Closed Sundays in the winters & only open Sunday mornings in the summer.

  • It's a sign........

    All over the old areas of Morlaix you come across these attractive looking signs telling you where you are & where the nearest building or sights of interest is.


Morlaix Favorites

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    by Mikebond Written Jan 28, 2006

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    Fondest memory: While my parents and I were walking through the streets of Morlaix, we saw some of these things similar to jellyfishes. I think they were used during a celebration but I don't know what they are. Can anybody help?

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