Brittany Gites Area & Attractions
Situated on the River Blavet and the Nantes to Brest Canal this once very wealthy village offers everyday facilities such as a supermarket bakeries and banks. From here you can walk along the towpath of the canal to the Abbey at Bon Repos.
Situated approximately 8 miles from the gites, this magnificent stretch of water surrounded by trees is one of the finest sights in inland Brittany. Because the lake is over 8 miles long it has been divided up into sections for the various water sports such as sailing, water skiing, jet ski etc. There is three small beaches which offer safe bathing for children.
This hamlet is tucked away at the bottom of a wooded valley and was the site of the iron/steel industry in the 18th and 19th Century. Visit the former homes of the workers which are furnished according to their original style. At the top of the terraced pleasure gardens there is a splendid view over the valley and the various stretches of water within it.
The remains of this 12th Century Abbey and it’s grounds are open to the public. It is situated right on the banks of the Nantes to Brest canal. On a Sunday morning the Abbey hosts the “artisan market” where you can purchase fresh fruit and produce from the local farmers.
Pont Aven lies in a very pleasant setting at the point where the River Aven, after flowing between rocks opens out into a tidal Estuary. The Aven river used to drive numerous mills, but today only one mill remains in operation. Pont Aven is famous for a colony of painters among them Gaugain, and nowerdays many art galleries line the pretty streets.
Concarneau offers a fascinating picture of a bustling fishing port and the charm of a walled town, enclosed within granite ramparts, but with the facilities of a popular resort. This was France's first fishing port. The picturesque narrow alleys of the walled town hustle and bustle during the summer months and create a charming atmosphere. Well worth the journey.
The old capital of the Rohan family, Pontivy still has the Chateau which was built during the 15th Century. The old town has narrow winding streets centred around "Place du Matray". In contrast the geometrical new town was laid out be Napoleon. Pontivy has many shops and is home to a regular Monday market. The Nantes to Brest Canal runs through Pontivy and is an ideal place for peaceful country walks.