Pontrieux and surrounds - places to visit

 

Map showing location of Pontrieux in Brittany, France

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Pontrieux is situated in the beautiful Côte d'Armor region of Brittany within easy reach of the spectacular coast including the Cote de Granit Rose (pink granite coast). There are large sandy beaches within 25 minutes drive, miles of stunning coast line with panoramic views. And many islands, villages, towns, harbours and castles to explore.

Picturesque coastline
Hydrangeas are very common in Britanny
Picturesque coastline
 

 

Pontrieux is a small 'Petite Cite de Charactère', dating from the 15th century and famous for its Lavoirs or wash houses (51 in total). It is renowned as a Ville Fleurie and has gained four stars. It is unusual in that the town has two triangular squares, either side of the river, joined by the rue St Yves with its boucherie, clothes shop, chocolaterie, galleries and artist shop.

The Lavoirs at Pontrieux
The river boats moored locally
The river as viewed from the bridge in town
 
Stalls at Le Marché d'Antan
Flowers throughout the town in summer
Vegetable stall on Market Day
 

 

The town is at the bridging point of the River Trieux with a pretty port area (dating from the Middle Ages) where one can watch the boats, canoe or just while away some time in the pub or restaurants.

Place de la Liberté has the Hôtel de Ville, Syndicate d'Initiative, a shoe shop, a crêperie, wine shop, a hair and a beauty salon, and the Pontrev hotel.

Place Le Trocquer has a pretty church and also the 16th century Tour d'Eiffel - often with an exhibition of local artists.

Hôtel de Ville
Monument Aux Morts Place de la Liberté
Crêperie in Place de la Liberté
 

 

There are two boulangeries, an antique shop, an Intermarché super market and three petrol stations in the village as well as other artists and a jewellery maker.

Some four miles downstream is the Château de la Roche Jagu with extensive park and gardens and wonderful views of the river. Normally there is an exhibition and free events during the summer period. Walking in the park following the 'Grand Tours' is a delight, particularly in the spring in the camellia walk.

Le Trieux river as it meanders to the coast near Château de la Roche
Artist's shop
 Place de la Liberté with Hotel de ville in the background
 

 

Pontrieux has a market on a Monday morning with vegetable, fruit, flower, cheese, farmers and clothes stalls. During the season there are many organised events held in Pontrieux: in July, on most Fridays, there is free entertainment in the Passerelle, the Pardon Notre Dame des Fontaines, the Fest Noz (Breton dancing) and a 'live' painting competition, and in August the Braderie/street market and the Fete des Lavoirs (15 August) - with its procession of washer women and sailors and free musical entertainment including fireworks on the river.

Breton Dancing in the Square at Fete
Part of procession for Fetes des Lavoirs
Street dancing in Pontrieux
 

 

From the public garden in the centre of Pontrieux, you can take a short trip on the river in small boats to see the lavoirs, both during the day and in the evening when the lavoirs are all lit. In fact as night falls the bridges and special buildings of Pontrieux are brightly illuminated.

 

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