25 minutes from the Gîte de Pont-Losquet, Paimpol is worth a detour. Its port, its old streets, its museum of the sea, its walks by the sea … make it a must visit.
The port and the old alleys recall the rich past of this city which was the starting point for big fishing. In the second half of the 19th century, the port could accommodate up to 80 schooners before they left for “La Grande Pêche” in Iceland. This is an opportunity to immerse yourself in Pierre Loti’s book, “Pêcheur d’Islande” and relive this period or take a little visit of the Sea museum.
Beautiful residences can be admired on the Place du Martray: half-timbered houses from the 15th and 16th centuries or even beautiful sculpted facades of the shipowners’ houses. Walk along rue des Huit-Patriotes where one of the prettiest houses in Paimpol is located: Maison Jézéquel (15th century). Next to Square Botrel, you will also see “The old tower” (1550), bell tower, vestige of the old church.
The marina is very lively and offers a pleasant stroll on the quays.
Also go to the “pointe du Guilben” which offers a beautiful view of the bay of Paimpol and the oyster beds.
Nearby Beauport Abbey is also worth visiting for a few hours.
More unusual: “la vapeur du Trieux” is a journey in an old train pulled by a steam locomotive between Paimpol and Pontrieux. Quite an old-fashioned trip! (Only in July-August).
Milmarin, in the old rectory of Ploubazlannec is a place of discovery, exchange, conservation and promotion of maritime activities. You can also meditate in front of the wall of the missing at sea.
Finally, the Pointe de l’Arcouest is the starting point for Bréhat Island, for an unforgettable day of sightseeing.