Visit Paimpol (Brittany, France)
The town developed around the important cod fishing industry from the 15th century to the 19th century. Paimpol’s fishermen used to set off on long trips to Iceland each February, trips which lasted around eight months at a time! The emphasis is more on tourist boats now but there is still an active fish market.
The heart of Paimpol is centred around the harbour and the streets of the historic centre. After strolling around the harbour admiring the 17th century stone houses head into the old town with its traditional stone houses, a few half-timbered houses and cobbled streets. There are many attractive houses to see, especially around Place du Martray, Rue des Huit Patriotes and Rue des Islandais.
Have a look in particular at the 15th century ‘Maison Jezequel’ on La Rue des Huit Patriotes, one of the oldest houses in the town that was once a shop supplying the cod fishing industry. Other notable sights include the Maison des Armateurs, one of the grandest stone townhouses, and the 'old tower'.
There is a small museum in Paimpol commemorating its history as an important cod fishing port and particularly the lives of the ‘Icelanders’ as the fishermen who went on the long fishing trips to Iceland were called.
The weekly market in Paimpol takes place on Tuesday mornings in a large part of the town centre around the Place des Halles.
Beauport Abbey is in a lovely setting on the edge of Paimpol, and includes the ruins of an abbey church and also related monastic buildings. It is one of a very select number of places that are classified as 'Grand Sites of France'.
A nice way to see the countryside along the Trieux River between Paimpol and Pontrieux is to take the century old steam train between the two towns (May to September only), while the more adventurous might like to try sea-canoeing.
Access to ferries to Ile Brehat, off the coast to the north, is also close to Paimpol - or you can head to the Moulin de Craca at Plouezec for a view across to the island from the mainland.
Photos of Paimpol
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Tourist classifications for Paimpol
Paimpol is classified as a recommended detour town (plus beau detour)
Address: Paimpol, Saint-Brieuc, Cotes-d'Armor, Brittany, 22500 || GPS: latitude 48.7786, longitude -3.04528
Map of Paimpol & places nearby
Highlights close by
Ile Brehat 7km
Cote de Granit Rose 27km
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Paimpol, France
- Beauport Abbey - grand site of france (2km)
- Jardin du château de la Roche-Jagu - remarkable garden (9km)
- Jardins de Kerdalo - remarkable garden (11km)
- Pontrieux - ville fleurie 4* (12km)
- Maison Ernest Renan - national monument (14km)
- Treguier - secteur sauvegarde (14km)
- Jardin du Kestellic - remarkable garden (14km)
- Zooparc de Trégomeur - zoo or wildlife park (25km)
- Lannion - ville fleurie 4* (31km)
- Aquarium marin de Trégastel - aquarium (35km)
Market days in Paimpol: Regular market(s) are held in Paimpol each Tuesday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Paimpol (Francais)