Pont-Aven Things to Do
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Something for all needs: A bit of everything
It is true that many of the shops along the quai and around the Place de la Mairie - the main square - are geared to visitors and "milk" the Gauguin connection.
Personally I do not have too much of a problem with that.
Souvenir biscuits, whether Highland Shortbread from Scotland, Yorkshire Cookies or Breton Galettes are usully very nice to eat and make very acceptable presents for people back home - specially the kind neighbour who water the indoor plants and the garden for you and would be embarrassed to receive a more lavish souvenir.
So you will find plenty of specialist biscuit - and chocolate - confectinary here.
The abundant grain that was processed in the 15 mills of Pont Aven gave rise to a particular kind of biscuit/cookie that used locally milled flour and the lovely Breton, salty butter.
In nearby towns - like Quimper - excellent ceramics were produced.
You will find all those things here.
But, just away from the touristic centre of the town,you will find plenty of "ordinary" shopping opportunities - butchers, bakers and grocers and an Ecomarche supermarket.
Lots of clothes shops and a very good, upmarket home wares shop
and if you want to spend real money on local Breton souvenirs a branch of the famous Quimper Henriot ceramics is here in town.
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Theodore-Botrel and the annual Folk...
Favorite thing: 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 his death in 1925 the river quai was named after him and a stature erected in his memory.
In 1930 the annual Festival of the Gorse (d'Ajoncs) was established in his memory; held on the first Sunday of August it lasts two days during which the Festival Queen is crowned.
Please note festival photo borrowed from tourist leaflet as I have not been in Pont-Aven in August.Add to your Trip Planner