Pont-Aven Travel Guide

  • The great museum of the school of Pont Aven
    The great museum of the school of Pont...
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    George Larnicol of maison larnicol
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    The windmills of pont aven
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Pont-Aven Things to Do

  • Museum of Pont Aven-under renovation

    There is a nice museum or musée de pont aven, with more than 1300 paintings of artist painters of the school of Pont-Aven, but is currently under construction until spring 2015. Contact email for updates museepontaven@concarneaucornouaille.frI was trying to encompass too much and forgot to read the museum was close, but the building and the...

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  • Viisit the Tourist Office - info and...

    This used to be called the S.I. - the Syndicat d'Initaitive. It is a friendly and helpful office, located in place de l'Hotel de Ville - just up the road from Pension Gloanec. It was formerly part of the Hotel des Ajoncs d'Or - which was previously known as Hotel Gloanec and owned by the same person as the Pension.After picking up your maps , guide...

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  • windmills of pont aven

    The windmills or moulins here are very famous and numbered at one time in 1880 ,about 15 here, their names, Haut Bois, du Plessis,Moulin Neuf,Kermentec (painted by Gauguin in 1894), Kerniguez, Petit Poulguin,Pénanros,Scierie Brunou, Petite Tourte, Poulhoas,Rosmadec, Porte Neuve,Ty Meur,Grand Poulguin,and Petit Pénanros.Some are still here even in...

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  • The church of Saint Joseph

    The church of Saint Joseph was built in 1872 at Place de l’Eglise, smallist by local standards more like a chapel. Between 1941 and 1943, the rector Tanguy improves the interior with new stained glass, painting of the altar in wood. IN the exterior, a marble plaque commemorates the death of the mobile police killed in Sept 21 1870 at...

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  • Need a loo?

    Public loos in France are often - now how shall I put this - let's think - well sometimes as bad as some of those back home in the UK!It's usually a better option to use the facilities in a cafe or restaurant while you are there.I only saw two public loos in Pont Aven - the first towards the end of quai Théodre-Botrel in the little park - OK!THe...

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  • Musée de PontAven

    aka le Musée municipal des Beaux-Arts de Pont AvenThis small museum was only established in 1985 and is located on just two floors, of modest size. The available space is shared between the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Do not visit in hope of seeing many of the original works of the painters who put Pont-Aven on the map - you...

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  • Art everywhere - in the streets too.

    There are dozens of art galleries in Pont-Aven, mainly paintings but some ceramicists and wood workers. Some are very smart looking establishments with just one painting displayed in the window. Mostly though you will see small ateliers with a gallery attached; some of these remain in residence until the end of September and return in time to...

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  • A new thread in the History of modern...

    More than a hundred years after the Pont-Aven School was founded "Pension Gloanec" is still at the vanguard of contemporary art. In 1993 the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art (P.A.S.C.A.) was established and has its headquarters in the restored old pension that once housed so many painters who went on to achieve recognition.The School organises...

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  • Take a river cruise on a Vedette

    We have taken this trip several times, in different seasons of the year and find it a most relaxing and informative way to spend an hour and a quarter. The boats leave from quai Théodore-Botrel, the ticket kiosk displays timetables and is a little further down, next to the entrance to the small park and childrens playgrouns. ( There are Public loos...

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  • Bridges on the River Aven

    One of the most attractive features of the town is the number of bridges - from the main granite road bridge, to the more slightly constructed foot bridges that take you from quai Théodore Botrel to the other side of the river- across one of which we watched a riding school of about 30 riders and horses cross - at a steady walking pace. The quai is...

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  • C19th. developments in art at Pension...

    The natural beauty of the village and its surroundings made it a magnet for aspiring artists in search of inspiration. In this they were also rewarded by the spirit and traditions of the local people, their ancient, and more recent historic roots. Here too they could obtain lodgings and live very cheaply. The landlady of Pension Gloanec welcomed...

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  • Take a walk around town

    If you take time to wander around the centre of town - it is very compact but do not be afraid to take odd little turnings - keep a look out - eyes up, and down - for numerous information and historical information boards and plaques. If you have been to Paris and Musee d'Orsay you may have seen one of Gauguin's famous paintings - Les Lavandieres...

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Pont-Aven Restaurants

  • Lovely place towatch the boats and...

    This is a delightful little hotel spread over the old thatched cottage, which dates from the 15th century, and the newer building next door with the tea rooms. It does not have a restaurant but tapas snacks and sandwiches are available. We usually stopped for a drink - coffee in the morning or a light beer or cider in the afternoon. The views up...

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  • Waters Edge Hotel/Restaiurant

    We stopped for coffee here a couple of times. We liked the location and friendly service so went one day for lunch. We sat outside in warm October sun shine for a simple salad and omelette. The location is perfect, service good, food just right and price right.I looked around the ground floor interior when I went inside to the bathroom and thought...

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  • The old mill by the stream...

    I like this place because of where it is, its history and its buzz. We tend not to go there when it is very busy because - well it is a bit touristy but it does occupy a prime location in a popular tourist destination. And it serves decent food at fair prices. Apart from those very busy times the service is friendly and efficient.There is always a...

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Pont-Aven Transportation

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    by gwened Written Jan 21, 2013

    ahh you get here like me by car on the N165 to sortie or exit Kerandreo road D4, follow signs for Pont Aven,easy.

    the train stops at Quimperlé or Quimper from Paris in about 4h20 mins. By bus you have regular lines from the train stations of Quimper or Quimperlé to Pont Aven, Pont Aven – Quimper : (1h10mn), Pont Aven - Quimperlé : (25mn) .

    get your bearings here http://www.breizhgo.com/

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Pont-Aven Shopping

  • chocolates and kouignettes

    This is one of my favorite chocolate store in all of Brittany with location even in Paris. The local boy George Larnicol from nearby Quimper did good.Very famous kouignettes of many flavors, merengues of different flavors, fish shape dark chocolates, tablets, guimaud or marshmallow covered in chocolates, and breton cake, etc etc all wonderful; i am...

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  • frames scenes of the Breton seashore

    This is my favorite gallery in Brittany because I love the sea. THere are base in la trinité sur mer but have branches in other towns,and here in Pont Aven it is nice building with friendly service and great choices.All is gear towards the sea, boats, fisherman's villages, fish/seafood, and landscape of harbors. You ,also, get books,and decorative...

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  • galets, cakes, and breton goodies

    Nice old world shop with friendly service and loaded with goodies of Brittany. One of the highlights of visiting my area is to try these morcels of sublime taste,just keep track of your calories.The place still has the same layout as when it openned in 1920, even if with new owners since 2008. Come on in folks....And you can even order online in...

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Pont-Aven Off The Beaten Path

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    by gwened Written Jan 21, 2013

    a wonderful walk along the river rapids of Pont Aven. Right in the center of town, it crosses a canal with a windmill of Poulhouars. The walk or promenade was done in 1985, and it suffers flooding in 2000, now all fixed.

    In summer is a masterpiece of walks, we came in winter, we sure to be back in summer here,just lovely. AFter a heavy rapids section at the end of the walk, you arrive at a windmills of old named moulin du petit poulguin ,which is breton for Poul=hole and Guin=rapids. Huge granite blocks rounded by the erosion of the water of the river Aven, with a games area for kids for a grand finale.

    The promenade is accessable on two spots from the rue du Général de Gaulle.

    The place is name after native son, the poet ,writer , and journalist Xavier Grall (1930-1981), there is a granite monument with a bronze medallion in his honor. He is the author of many books on Brittany and one popular one is titled « Rires et pleurs de l’Aven », laughs and cries of the river Aven.

    lovely for the entire family, and just gorgeous.

    canal rapids at end of promenade xavier grall the canal of river Aven passing by promenade a plaque in memory of the lavoirs in the area the bronze medallion to Xavier Grall
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Pont-Aven Favorites

  • Walk Pont Aven

    again my best past time is to walk these wonderful towns anywhere, and Pont Aven is no exception. History, quaint streets, beautiful parks and gardens, canals with river passing thru ,the aven,and nice architecture.You get to know more the town and its people, take a walk, go ahead dare, you will be alright, We Speak English here. walking in city...

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  • Theodore-Botrel and the annual Folk...

    Théodore-Botrel was born in Dinan in 1868. He bacame a very popular singer, deriving his inspiration from Breton culture and writing lyrics and poetry. Unfit for military service in WW1 he wrote many patriotic songs and became known as the Miltary Troubadour. He made his home in Pont-Aven and was active in supporting local folklore traditions.After...

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