Pontivy Travel Guide

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Pontivy Things to Do

  • Church /Basilique of Notre Dame de Joie

    a wonderful church in main plaza, notre dame de joie very close to the canal nantes brest and the big parking plaza.A bit of historyIt was rebuilt early on the 16C replacing an older church, and completely transformer end of the 18C thanks to the efforts of the Dukes of Rohan. It conserves nevertheless original parts especially the main tower...

  • Chateau de Rohan

    wonderful castle right in town by the river and also a museum of puppets inside of a great collection by the Rohan family descendants who still lives in the castle for generations...a must to see in the beautiful Morbihan my new department, any questions?

  • Walking Around

    Walking around in this city is a nice thing to do, and especially walked along the canal... and we can find some history about this canal and the houses around it...

  • History

    A monk called Ivy built a bridge nearby over the river Blavet in the 7th century, and the town is named after him ("pont-Ivi" being the Breton for "Ivy's bridge"). From November 9, 1804, the name was changed to Napoléonville after Napoléon Bonaparte, under whom it had around 3,000 inhabitants. After his downfall, it was renamed Pontivy again, then...

  • The Fireplaces

    Beside the imposing staircase and the water drops, we can see this impressive decorated fireplaces, and also some paintings about this chateau.

  • Chateau des Rohan

    Rebuilt in the late 15th century by the powerful family of Rohan, the Rohan castle is a typical example of military architecture in the late Middle Ages. The most impressed me in this chateau is the water drops from the ceiling and also the imposing staircase.But too bad, nothing much can be seen in this chateau.


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Pontivy Restaurants

  • when a quick one is needed la mie caline

    This is a chain of bakeries around here I and the family enjoy it. Very well made breads with the local twice like baguette 56, and friendly service. They do formules of sandwich dessert and drink, which for a quick go are just fine.The line of dessert is plenty too, delicious, when in town stop by or any town stop by the La Mie Caline, another...

  • real country traditional welcome

    traditioinal French and breton restaurant in a nice historical plaza place du Martray. the place is cozy , space very use, and the welcome and service is tops. So much we book for next weekend!and it was great again!!!the deco is country breton, with the twist the receiving table and payment center is at the back. the tables are sometimes divided...

  • wonderful French

    very warms friendly service with plenty of locals, and good French food, overlooking the Castle of the Rohan, excellent location near city center. Come and enjoy French at its family best menu du jour always with us, it changes but its the freshes at best prices. Menu Croisettes is fine as well as pizzas and galettes bretons


Pontivy Nightlife

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    by gwened Written Apr 17, 2013

    This is good for a night out, or just a drink sitting in city center and close to all sights in town. The service is nice and the beers plenty, just come merry and stay merry good. The food is club style but the music and live entertainement is good.
    Theme evenings and just a fun place even at lunch for a cold beer or night for the works
    We try it at lunch and the service was very friendly and nice locals in the place having a good time like they have been there before.

    Dress Code: casual all folks welcome

    Related to:
    • Music
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Beer Tasting

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Pontivy Transportation

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    far gare de pontivy 4 more images

    by gwened Written Nov 15, 2012

    you get here best by car or bus.
    the Bus of Morbihan organism takes you to Lorient, Vannes, etc with bus 3 and 14 here

    inside town you have 5 lines of the Pondi bus (breton is Pondi for French Pontivy);

    car parking at main plaza by the canal nantes brest is best, quai nemen or arcole.

    train station at
    Place Alfred Brard
    its actually a bus that links up with the TER trains of Bretagne

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    • Family Travel
    • Trains
    • Road Trip

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Pontivy Shopping

  • nice grocery chain in city center

    nice store inside a gallery, in a historical building facing the wide and big place aristide briand with an entrance on main street in city center rue nationale.you find all hour groceries needs here and more, its a national chain,and we do stop by here once in a while.you find beauty and supplies too, but mostly we stop for the groceries in the...

  • how about some video games

    I can't get away as my boys will quickly find these places, walking alone and there is the video game stores in city center. Well nice folks, plenty loaded,and great prices, for as low as 5 euros used games to new one of a kind editions, all machines and game systemsIf you are into video games this is a stop on our sightseeing rounds or before or...

  • shopping souvenirs

    this is a tabac store but also serves as a gift shop, fully loaded with nice items of the Morbihan region and Brittany as a whole. It is right on the main road out of town D768 once in Pontivy go into city center turn right on rue nationale and on next plaza pl du Martray turn left and the store on your leftit is a private house of course, but a...


Pontivy Local Customs

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    pontivy - mi's

    by black_mimi99 Written Oct 11, 2011

    When we was here and found this local traditional crepes maker.... We were so happy cos can see how they make those crepes.

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Pontivy Off The Beaten Path

  • Church Saint Joseph

    Another historical church in wonderful Pontivy or Pondi (breton). The church Saint-Jospeh de Pontivy was thought of following the visit by Emperor Napoléon III to Napoléonville(Pontivy during the imperial period) in 1858, that wanted to continue the geste opening the work of his uncle. The construction began in spring of 1863 and lasted until 1867,...

  • caserne imperial ,dites quartier Clisson

    This is the first bulding done after Napoleon declare the new city as Napoleonville ,built in 1805. One of the highlights of your visit here,and sitting right across the river canal nantes brest and directly behind the place aristide briand, imposing buildingThe caserne de gendarmerie, or quartier Clisson, comes from the name of Olivier de Clisson,...

  • Lycée Imperial

    this is college or high school founded by Napoleon III in Pontivy when the town was calle Napoleonville.The school was created in 1808 ; it was the 3rd Breton high school after those of Rennes and Nantes. It did the recruiting of students in the departments of Morbihan and Finistère.The archicture is very nice and good they are preserving it. Some...


Pontivy Favorites

  • walk the old city, Part II

    There you go one more visit and one more trip on foot in this historical town in inland morbihan brittany, by the canal nantes brest, pays de Rohan, or Rohan country.walking the street taking you back into history and monuments reminding you of it is the best way to see and know a city, enjoy Pontivy or Napoleonville or Pondi walking the old...

  • Sights of Pontivy

    walking is a thrill in any city in France, just lovely architecture, nice flower, wonderful river banks,and history all around you.Pontivy or Pondi is no difference. We were there again and took some photos of this lovely town that the river blavet passes by and form part of the canal brest nantes that passes right by the castle of the Rohan. see...

  • walk the old city,part I

    walk alone the canal nantes brest on the side of the castle all the way to the quais de Neimens and the tourist office, and into the inner old city. Wonderful architecture and great way to know the city in inland Morbihan.A nice way to soak up on the history and get to know the city better, the walk is very nice walking past the quais and along...


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