Trégunc Things to Do
General guide books give little attention to the history of the this corner of Bretagne but the few memorials outside the church are reminders of the Iron age inhabitants , the veterans of former conflicts and the Nazi Occupation that ended with the Liberation in August 1944.
The typical granite built church occupies the centre of the square and is surrounded by small shops, creperies, hair salons, banks, flower shops and a doctor's surgery.
The church was firmly closed with no visible notice as to whether it ever opened for visitors.
But I am always fascinated by the belfries of these Breton churches -and as the large paved area around the church was quiet I had a good opportunity to gaze at the amazing "flying gargoyles".
I mentioned in my introduction that Tregunc, together with its neighbour Nevez, is known for a unique style of building construction dating from the 18th and 19th centuries which has left a legacy of unusual architecture - now protected as part of the national heritage..
It seems that early attempts to cultivate the land were impeded by the presence below the surface of enormous granite blocks of two meters and more in length.
Stone masons and quarriers were called in to raise them to the surface
The canny farmers then saw a use for them in the construction of farm buildings, dwellings and as boundary markers to stake out their claim to the land, and upon which to establish their domestic and farm buildings..
The tallest blocks were erected, side by side, in trenches to form the walls upon which roofs could be built - of thatch or other available materials; boundary walls and gateposts could also be made using these great stones.
So Les Clôtures et maisons en pierres debout were constructed.
Vestiges of these dwellings - many upgraded and in use as smart little homes today can be seen in the hamlets surrounding Trégunc and Névez.
One has to wonder what part these great granite blocks played in the creation of the hundreds of ancient menhirs and dolmens that can be seen throughout Finistere..
This small restaurant is on the main road through town, opposite the Tourist Office. There is some limited parking there and also at the back of the church a few yards away.
It is run by a couple - the husband seems to do the cooking while his wife serves at the bar and the tables.
We ate here twice - on both occasions we had the plat du jour and a cup of local cider. The meals were good old fashioned home cooking - casseroles and stews as well as a choice of grills and salads from the list.
On both occasions a number of local business people were taking lunch there and a few others - like us passing through.
There is additional seating outside on the decked pavement - popular with smokers (even well into October) and probably fully used in high season by summer visitors.
I imagine that in the evening the well bar is used and becomes a local meeting place. The walls displayed several posters advertising community events.
A friendly, homely place without frills offering good value food.