Visit Locronan (Brittany, France)
Going back in history more than 2000 years, Locronan was a sacred place for the celts - known as a 'nemeton'. It then became an important religious centre during the middle ages, and an important centre for sail-cloth making for the local ship-building industry during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Each of these epoques has left its mark on the town and region which is of course now better known as a popular tourist destination.
Locronan is extremely well preserved, and is built in the traditional local granite. The solid houses with traditional slate rooves are interspersed with plenty of greenery and ooze history, making for a very attractive village.
The cobbled Place de l'eglise and the substantial vaulted 15th century St Ronan church are in the centre of the town, and the best place to start your visit.
The Rue Moal and Rue Saint Maurice are the main streets - Rue Saint Maurice deserves a special mention for the lovely views from the end. Best advice is perhaps to get the leaflet from the tourist office that suggests the best route to follow while you are exploring, to ensure you don't miss the highlights.
Be sure to also visit the delightful Chapelle Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle.
Explore the numerous small side-streets heading off from the main square in Locronan, with their wide choice of artisan boutiques, which make for a very pleasant visit.
Some of the little art galleries scattered around the town were surprisingly impressive, and the Museum of Art and History of Locronan provided an interesting look at the history of the town.
If you think Locronan looks familiar perhaps you are recognising it from one of the films that have been made here - it has featured in several films including Tess by Roman Polanski.
The best views of the region around Locronan and out to sea involve a little effort - follow the path up the 'Montagne de Locronan' to the small Chapell ar Sonj.
Other excursions should involve a walk through the forest at Bois de Névet, and if you are feeling ambitious the tourist office can suggest a longer walk through the surrounding countryside.
Photos taken within 10 km
Tourist classifications for Locronan
Locronan is classified as a one of the most beautiful village in France (plus beau villages)
Address: Locronan, Châteaulin, Finistere, Brittany, 29180 || GPS: latitude 48.098, longitude -4.208
Map of Locronan & places nearby
Highlights close by
Le Faou 22km
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Locronan, France
- Menez-Hom - site of natural beauty (14km)
- Jardin du château de Lanniron - remarkable garden (14km)
- Jardin du prieuré de Locmaria - remarkable garden (14km)
- Quimper - town of art and history (14km)
- Argol - enclos-paroissial (18km)
- Pleyben - enclos-paroissial (23km)
- Parc botanique de Cornouaille - remarkable garden (24km)
- Armorique - regional natural parc (24km)
- Brasparts - enclos-paroissial (29km)
- Parc du château de Trévarez - remarkable garden (30km)
The French version of this page is at Locronan (Francais)