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 the town of Pont l'Abbe in Brittany France

The town of Pont l'Abbe

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Pont-l`Abbe




Pont l'Abbe is a charming little town that should be on every tourist's itinerary. With a population of just over 8,000, this town offers a unique blend of traditional Breton culture and modern-day amenities. The town is situated at the junction of three rivers - the Odet, the Isole, and the Steir, and is just a short drive from the Atlantic coast.

Pont l'Abbe has a rich history dating back to the 14th century, and visitors can still see remnants of its medieval past in its architecture, including the Château des Barons du Pont, a 14th-century castle that was once the residence of the lords of the town. The town is also famous for its annual Festival des Brodeuses, which celebrates the art of embroidery and attracts visitors from around the world.

For those who love the outdoors, Pont l'Abbe has plenty to offer, including scenic walks along the riverbanks, cycling trails, and water sports such as kayaking and canoeing. The town is home to several parks and gardens, including the Jardin du Château de Lanniron, a beautiful park that surrounds a 15th-century castle. Pont l'Abbe may not be as well-known as some of the larger towns in Brittany, but it is definitely worth a visit for those looking to experience the authentic Breton way of life.

Boats moored on the river estuary at Pont-l`Abbe

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Pont-l`Abbe is a busy little town on the edge of a estuary.We had been visiting Ile Tudy which is in the entrance to the estuary. Pont-l`Abbe is about 3 miles up stream or a 6 mile drive in the car.We visited the town several times during our stay in Brittany as it was near to our rented gite

The main shopping street dose get quite busy we never managed to park there. So we parked down by the river that runs through the town.There are plenty of parking spaces there and you can watch the tide come in.It is only a short walk from there passed the old church to the town centre.

Where you will find a nice mix of shops and cafes plus a Thursday morning market.We found a very expensive gift shop we had seen the same products a lot less.However it was worth going in the shop for the view out of the window to the estuary.My wife found a branch of her favourite French store in the town.It is simular to Ikea and sells new French shabby chic items from crockery to furniture.The shop is called Maison Du Monde they have a store in the Cite Europe shopping centre in Calais

The tide had just come in

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The busy main street in Pont-l`Abbe

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Pont l'Abbe is a historic town situated in the southern part of Brittany, France. Its history dates back to the 14th century when it was a thriving port town with a busy trade in salt and cereals. The town was named after the bridge that crosses the river Odet, which was built in the early 15th century. The bridge was a vital link between the town and the surrounding areas and played an important role in the town's growth and development.

During the 16th and 17th centuries, Pont l'Abbe became an important center for the production of linen and hemp. The town's location on the river Odet made it easy to transport goods to other parts of the region, and the town's economy flourished. In the 19th century, the town's economy shifted towards agriculture, and it became a center for the production of apples, cider, and vegetables. Today, the town is still known for its agricultural products, which are sold in the local markets and exported to other parts of France and Europe.

Pont l'Abbe is also famous for its traditional Breton costumes, which are still worn by many people in the town and the surrounding areas. The costumes are made from local textiles and feature intricate embroidery and lacework. The town has a museum dedicated to the history of the costumes, which is a must-visit for anyone interested in traditional Breton culture.

In addition to its rich history, Pont l'Abbe is also home to several beautiful churches and chapels, including the Church of Saint-Joseph and the Chapel of Sainte-Anne. These buildings are examples of the town's religious heritage and are worth a visit for their stunning architecture and beautiful interiors.

Our favorite Biscuit shop they have a large selection of Brittany biscuits.

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Shops in the town centre

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View of the river from a gift shop

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If you love warm weather and sunshine, the best time to visit Pont l'Abbe would be during the summer months of June, July, and August. The temperature can range from 20-25°C and the days are long, giving you plenty of time to explore the town and its surroundings.

A selection of picture taken during our recent visit

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The main street in the town

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If you're planning to visit this picturesque town, you'll need to find the perfect accommodations to make your stay memorable. Fortunately, Pont l'Abbe has plenty of options to suit all tastes and budgets.

For those who prefer the comforts of a hotel, there are several options in the town center, such as the Hotel Le Roudou, which offers cozy rooms and a delicious breakfast to start your day. If you're looking for something a bit more luxurious, you can try the Hotel de l'Abbaye, which boasts a spa and elegant rooms with stunning views of the town.

If you're traveling with family or a group of friends, you might want to consider renting a vacation home. Pont l'Abbe has many options for vacation rentals, ranging from charming cottages to spacious villas with private pools. These rentals provide a more intimate and authentic experience, allowing you to live like a local and fully immerse yourself in the town's culture.

For those on a tight budget, hostels are a great option. In Pont l'Abbe, you can find cozy and comfortable hostels, such as the Auberge de Jeunesse, which offers affordable accommodations and a friendly atmosphere.

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Try a traditional Breton cake made with butter, sugar, and flour. This rich pastry is crispy on the outside, and soft and buttery on the inside, making it the perfect treat to accompany a coffee or tea.

For those who prefer savory dishes, the traditional Galettes and Crepes are a must-try. These savory pancakes are made with buckwheat flour and filled with a variety of ingredients such as cheese, ham, bacon, and vegetables. To wash it all down, visitors should try the local cider or a glass of Chouchen, the traditional Breton honey wine. These drinks are perfect for pairing with the local cuisine and are the perfect way to cap off a delicious meal in Pont l'Abbe.

We hope that this guide has given you a fresh perspective on the unique experiences that this town has to offer. So, grab your cameras and maps, and start exploring the hidden gems of Pont l'Abbe!

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