Paimpol Travel Guide

  • L'Agapanthe
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  • The port of Paimpol.
    The port of Paimpol.
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  • Beauport abbey.
    Beauport abbey.
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Paimpol Things to Do

  • Pointe de Minard

    The Pointe de Minard is a headland south of the Pointe de Bilfot and north of the Pointe de la Tour. There's a car park from which you have very nice views on the cliffs to the south. Unfortunately we've been there on a rather misty day so we couldn't see that far, but the view still was nice. We did walk along the coastal from there to the Pointe...

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  • Pointe de Bilfot

    It seems the headland near Port Lazo has two names: Pointe de Plouézec and Pointe de Bilfot. From there you have a nice view on the islands nearby, Petit Mez Goelo", "Grand Mez Goelo", and a small island with a lighthouse called "Phare de L'Ost-Pic". You also have a good view on the bay of Paimpol, but unfortunately it was pretty misty. Like at...

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  • Domaine de Beauport

    The grounds of the abbey are almost 120 hectare, and you can discover the for free on the various walking paths. There are two trails, one near the sea and another one in the forest, but I'm not sure if they are signposted as we didn't find signs. You can buy a map for a few cents in the abbey, it's the same that you can see in front of the abbey...

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  • Abbaye de Beauport

    Beauport Abbey was founded in 1202. It's located pretty nice, at the outskirts of Paimpol and overlooking the Paimpol bay. It used to be an important abbey of the Premonstratensian order, but after the French Revolution the abbey was dissolved and its building used as stable, town hall, school and cider press. Today you can visit several of the...

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  • Celebrating the pilgrim visitors of the...

    (work in progress)This tile is displayed in the Abbaye and depicts Irish pilgrims on their voyage over to start their pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

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  • The splendid Chapterhouse of the Abbaye

    (work in progress)The Chapterhouse is the best preserved section of the medieval part of Abbaye de Beauport, and has a fine roof which features some splendid Gothic vaulting.Even in high summer - though admittedly on a cool day - the hall was cold and it doesn't take much imagination to realise how chilly this room must be in midwinter when the...

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  • An abbey in Bretagne funded by English...

    (work in progress)A monastic community was first established in this area on the island of Saint-Riom in 1184, but the conditions proved too challenging, and the decision was made to relocate to the mainland.Abbaye de Beauport was subsequently established on its current site at the start of the 13th century by Alain de Penthièvre and formed part of...

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  • The ruins of the Abbaye church

    (work in progress)Some places are arguably more impressive as ruins than they would have been in their intact state, and I suspect that this may well be the case with gorgeous Abbaye de Beauport.A major part of the Abbaye's attraction is the way that it rises out of the salt marshes that fringe the bay, and the fact that the ruins seem almost...

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  • Explore the Abbaye's extensive cellars

    (work in progress)One of the reassuring aspects of visiting Abbaye de Beauport with kids is that as it's already in ruins, there's little chance of them breaking anything!Obviously this is a somewhat flippant comment, but hopefully you get my drift. All too often when you're travelling with children to historic monuments, you spend so much time...

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  • Artichokes in the abbey's walled garden

    (work in progress)One of the many surprising things that we discovered about Bretagne is that it's big on artichokes: interesting for us, as it's not a crop that I can recall ever seeing being cultivated on a large scale previously. They also feature prominently in the walled garden at Abbaye de Beauport, which gives you a chance to examine one of...

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  • Ancient walls of the Abbaye's kitchen...

    (work in progress)I love old walls: just to look at them and imagine what they have witnessed since they were constructed gives me a thrill.The walls of the enclosed garden at Abbaye de Beauport are particularly beautiful, and the passing centuries have lent them a particular charm that is only enhanced by their slight irregularity. Tiny pockets of...

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  • The Abbaye's walled garden delights all...

    (work in progress)I have an abiding passion for walled monastic gardens, and the one at Abbaye de Beauport is one of the most wonderful that I've ever had the privilege of wandering through.The garden has been laid out within walls which serve a number of purposes. The most obvious function of the walls is that they contributed to food security,...

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Paimpol Hotels

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  • Hotel les Agapanthes

    1, rue Adrienne Rebours, Ploubazlanec, Paimpol, 22620, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Le K'Loys

    21 Quai Morand, Paimpol, 22500, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Inter-Hotel Le Goelo

    4 Quai Duguay Trouin, PAIMPOL, France, 22500, FR

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Paimpol Restaurants

  • Appreciating Bretagne's apple-based...

    (work in progress) When we were trying to decide where to visit on our recent trip, I have to confess that one of the factors that finally swung our decision towards Bretagne was the quality of the produce!Stunning seafood - check! Amazing dairy produce - check! And marvellous beverages made from local apples - check, check and check again!If...

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  • Make a berry straw in the abbey's walled...

    (work in progress) When my mother was little, they used to gather wild strawberries in the hedgerows around their village in Ireland. The preferred way of transporting their haul was to thread the berries onto a long, stiff piece of grass from which they could eat the berries later on as a sort of fruit 'kebab'.Our daughter was delighted to learn...

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