Morlaix Travel Guide

  • Morlaix
    by johngayton
  • Morlaix
    by johngayton
  • Morlaix
    by johngayton

Morlaix Things to Do

  • Vieux Morlaix

    I didn't have time to investigate the old town properly but it certainly looked suitably impressive - loads of half-timbered buildings in the medieval lay-out. I assume Morlaix was a walled town and this district was within those walls.Really must revisit!

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  • Hotel de Ville

    Another impressive building in Morlaix is its town hall. As the French do the "Hotel de Ville" is a suitably impossing building which functions as the civic centre for the town, where all the town's administrative bureaucracy happens and is also the venue for marriages.The building originally was on the waterfront but subsequent land reclamations...

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  • Eglise Melaine

    The town centre's most impressive church is the towering, though over shadowed by the viaduct, Eglise Saint-Melaine. With only a short lunchtime, literally, visit to Morlaix I only caught a few pics of the exterior but it certainly looks worth a proper visit.It seems the original 12th century church was deemed too small for its congregation and...

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  • For Great Views - Eglise Saint-Martin

    If you are arriving, or departing, by train the Saint Martin Church is well worth a diversion for the view over the valley.This dates back to 1128 when it was a priory, long before the railway arrived, and its present incarnation dates from its 1775 rebuilding.By all accounts its crypt is worth visiting but I had a train to catch and so just had a...

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  • Morlaix Marina

    From the 13th century until the tail end of the 19th Morlaix was a busy commercial port for both imports and exports - and maybe a bit of piracy and smuggling too. Being in the river estuary the port could only be accessed around high tide and even then only by vessels with a relatively shallow draught and so its importance waned as cargo ships...

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  • La Manufacture (des Tabacs)

    This rather imposing building piqued my personal interest, for reasons that are obvious to those who know me. La Manufacture, "La Manu" as it's locally known, is a former tobacco factory from the town's industrial heyday and was Morlaix's major employer - in 1880 there were over 1,800 workers.The main buildings were constructed between 1736 and...

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  • Morlaix Viaduct

    Morlaix is a wonderfully characterful little town with its Medieval core, its vibrant harbour, the solidly-elegant townhouses from its industrial heyday and the wealth of individual little shops and businesses lining its meandering streets. However its most striking feature, and probably its most photographed (certainly by me anyway), is the...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Eglise de Sainte-Mélaine

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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Morlaix Hotels

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  • D'Europe

    1, rue d'Aiguillon, Morlaix, 29600, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel de l'Europe

    1 Rue d'Aiguillon, Morlaix, 29600, FR

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Restaurant Saint-Melaine

    77, rue Ange de Guernisac, Morlaix, 29600, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Morlaix Restaurants

  • Flawed But Not Expensive

    Morlaix was intended as a lunch stop, between Roscoff and Brest, and what I was specifically looking for was a little place offering local specialities for not too much money. When I passed La Marmite in the town centre, pretty much under the arches of the railway viaduct, it was the "Pétoncles à la Bretonne" on the 3-course menu formule @ 17.90...

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  • Le Grand Cafe

    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...

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Morlaix Transportation

  • Local Bus Services

    I didn't have cause to use the local buses but there seemed to be a regular service between the town centre and the railway station run by the local TIM company - lines #1, #3 and #4. At the time I was visiting the railway station was being modernised, part of which was to better integrate the bus and train services and so things may now look a bit...

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  • Arriving and Departing by TER

    Gare de Morlaix is on the main railway line between Paris and Brest with Paris about 4 hours by TGV. Regional TER trains also cover the local routes - Brest is about 40 minutes westward, Rennes about an hour eastwards and Roscoff 30 minutes northwards if it's a train is going that way - sometimes it's a bus, which connects and so a little...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Morlaix Shopping

  • Window Shopping #3

    Probably the most modern shop front on the main drag and the simplest window display - rows of neatly aligned macarons Bretons.By all accounts this is the place to get your speciality cakes - for weddings, birthdays, pig-outs or whatever. I used the window for this "selfie" ;-HIC!

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  • Window Shopping #2

    Another characterful patisserie on the main drag in the town centre is Traon which boasts "Breton Specialities" and looks as if it also does crepes when the weather's good. Perhaps not quite as elaborate as "Martin" just up the road, and probably cheaper too but still a great window display.

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  • Window Shopping #1

    Not only is this an attractive shop front but the window display is especially impressive. I didn't venture in but I was sorely tempted. As well as selling cakes to take away it is also a "Salon du The" and so you can enjoy the wares on site.Reviews elsewhere seem to either love it or hate it - those that hate it seem more concerned with the cost...

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Morlaix Off The Beaten Path

  • Fontaines du Stivell, des Anglais et des...

    Another of the places of historic interest in the "Circuit des Lavoirs et des Fontaines" (Circuit of Wash-houses and Fresh Water Conduits) is that of "Du Stivell, des Anglais et des Chiens" down by the port. This provided drinking water for the reprovisioning of the ships using the harbour and originally had a wash-house which has since been...

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  • Lavoir Collobert

    This was something that caught my eye on the way back to the railway station and made for an interesting little digression. Morlaix's public wash-houses date from the 19th century, when most homes didn't have piped water supplies, and were still in use as recently as the late 1950's. Not only did these provide a suitable place for the local...

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Morlaix General

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  • A Modern Day Lavoir

    Morlaix is proud of its historic wash-houses, which is why there's a tourist trail devoted to them, but If you need something a bit more modern you'll find this Laverie, Père Denis, close to the viaduct at 25 Place Charles de Gaulle. This is a state-of-the-art affair, having opened in March 2012, and is designed to be as environmentally friendly as...

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  • Office de Tourisme

    I didn't require the services of the Morlaix Tourist Office but it seemed to be a popular place during my afternoon visit. I assume it does all the normal things expected of an Office de Tourisme such as accommodation, public transport info, freebie leaflets and for sale souvenirs and guide books. The office is attached to the "Maison Penanault"...

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  • Finding Your Way Around

    Morlaix is a compact little town with most everything within easy walking distance and when you have the viaduct in view it's kinda difficult to get lost. If you are looking for somewhere specific you'll find these street maps (main pic) scattered around which give an overview of the whole town and in the inset in the right-hand corner is the...

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