Lannion, Brittany: tourism & sightseeing

Photo of Lannion in Cotes-d'Armor

Visit Lannion (Brittany, France)

MAP & PLACES TO VISIT

Lannion is a large port town in the Cotes-d'Armor department of northern Brittany, around the estuary of the River Léguer and just a few kilometres south of the Granite Rose coast around Perros-Guirec. It is a lively, modern town which generates much of its wealth by the important role it plays in the telecommunications research industry, and has an interesting historic centre.

Note that Lannion is based around a river port and is actually a few kilometres from the sea.

Exploring Lannion

Monastery of saint-Anne in Lannion

Lannion is spread out along the river Leguer with the Monastery of St Anne dominating a large area on the southern side of the river and the heart of the historical town on the northern side. Your visit to Lannion will start in the historical centre with the lovely medieval buildings based around the Place du Général-Leclerc and the Rue des Chapeliers, and the church of St-Jean-du-Baly.

The most impressive of these buildings are two adjacent houses on the Place General-Leclerc, the one on the left with a facade in slate and the one on the right a half-timbered house. There are several other 15th and 16th century houses to discover as you explore the narrow streets, such as those in Rue de Chapeliers, as well as small open plazas and outdoor cafes.

A little way to the east on Rue Savidan you can see the 17th century classical style Convent of the Ursulines with a chapel and associated buildings that is now used for exhibitions and theatre shows. The main church in Lannion is the Church of Saint-Jean. Dating from the 17th century, the church is missing its spire since the 18th century when the original became unstable and was demolished.

The lively town centre also has lots of quaint shops and boutiques where you can buy traditional crafts of Brittany. The market in Lannion is held on Thursday so this is the best day to visit if possible.

From the old town you can follow a walk that takes you up the Escalier de Brelevenez to the church of Brelevenez at top of the hill of Crec'h Tanet.

On one side of the steps is a street of delightful slate rooved cottages, each brimming over with charm and flowers. On the other side there are views over the town. The church is a lovely 12th century Templar church but really it is the walk up the steps themselves (all 140 of them) that is the highlight.

Church of Brelevenez

Across the river, the Saint-Anne Monastery is a substantial complex that dates from the 17th century and is now used as the town media centre.

Attractions nearby

Close to hand there are several beaches to the west around Trebeurden, while the valley of the river Leguer is very picturesque and easily explored on foot or by boat with a canoe or an organised boat trip.

There are several other places of interest for visitors to Lannion, most along the coast to the north with its sandy beaches and coastal walks through beautiful scenery - Perros-Guirec is the best known of these, and see Coast of Granite Rose for details of others.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Cotes-d'Armor guide and the Brittany guide.

See also:

Map of Lannion and places to visit

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Tourist classifications

Lannion is classified as a village in bloom (ville fleurie) 4*

Address: Lannion, Cotes-d'Armor, Brittany, 22300, France || GPS: latitude 48.7333, longitude -3.45417

Plan your visit to Lannion, Brittany

Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Vallée des Traouïero: site of natural beauty (9km)
  • Île Milliau: site of natural beauty (11km)
  • Aquarium marin de Trégastel: aquarium (12km)
  • Molène (Côtes-d'Armor): site of natural beauty (13km)
  • Réserve naturelle nationale des Sept-Îles: site of natural beauty (17km)
  • Jardin du Kestellic: remarkable garden (17km)
  • Treguier: secteur sauvegarde (17km)
  • Maison Ernest Renan: national monument (17km)
  • Jardins de Kerdalo: remarkable garden (20km)
  • Menez Bré: site of natural beauty (20km)

Market days in Lannion, France

Regular market(s) are held in Lannion each Thursday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

The French version of this page is at Lannion (Francais)