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Contact Headquarters : 5 Hent Meneyer, 29 950 Gouesnac'h, France.
Postal address : 2 impasse de Kervégant, 29 350 Moëlan sur mer, France.

Paimpol port in the town centre

Paimpol port in the town centre

Jetty at Paimpol

Port in Paimpol town centre

Paimpol quayside

Paimpol town centre

Paimpol town centre

Old Paimpol

 

A smart and animated city, Paimpol occupies a privileged location near to the Bréhat archipelago, along one of the most attractive coastlines in the world, the Pink Granite Coast. The pedestrianised town centre is striated with lots of tiny lanes all oriented towards the sea. Lovely half-timbered houses, overflowing with flowers, and many stone residences built by rich ship-owners give Paimpol the authentic air of an old maritime town.

Some may know the excellent novel by Pierre Loti, ‘An Iceland Fisherman’, and its nostalgic depiction of sea fishing, the cod fishing boats… Nowadays the port is dedicated to leisure, and any economic activity is centred around small scale fishing, oyster farming and vegetable cultivation (especially early season veg), which favour the mild climate of the region.

Superb walks can be had all along the coastal footpath, which follows the particularly wiggly contour of the shore, and which is bound to delight you… the Arcouest headland is the departure point for crossings to the island of Bréhat. There are several chapels to visit, notably the unusual Saint Yvias Chapel.

Paimpol’s water sports centre is one of the largest in France, its speciality being sea kayaking. If you have heard of the song ‘La Paimpolaise’ (the girl from Paimpol), its writer Théodore Botrel has a square named after him in Paimpol. There is a Museum of the Sea and another museum all about traditional Breton dress. Every two years, in August, a sea shanty festival takes place here. In the nearby Plourivo area, the magnificent Penhoat-Lancerf woods cover an area of 600 hectares, offering lovely forest walks.