Visit Pont-Croix (Brittany, France)
Pont-Croix is a small town, north-east of Audierne and near the coast in the Finistère department at the western end of Brittany. It is an attractive town, with numerous traditional buildings and features, and very pleasant to explore.
The highlight in Pont Croix is the Collegiale Church of Notre-Dame de Roscudon. The church, combining elements of roman and gothic architecture, dates from the 13th century. The tall spire dominates the skyline of the town and the facade features impressive 'lacework' stone carvings, while the inside has a decorative altarpiece and other figures and a painted ceiling.
The market place and town centre are at the top of the hill, around the Collegiate with its pretty gardens.
There are numerous impressive houses to be seen in Pont-Croix, from small workers cottages to impressive grand townhouses, dating from the 15th to 18th centuries, also various small attractive features (fountains etc) to enjoy.
See also the Saint-Vincent Chapel - this was only built in the early 20th century but successfully incorporates historical roman and gothic influences in its design.
Explore the labyrinth of narrow passages around the collegiate, with flowers and greenery peering over the top of ancient walls, then from the small square in front of the church follow the steep cobbled streets (Petite Rue Chere and Grande Rue Chere) down the hillside to the Goyen river below.
The River Goyen below Pont-Croix is crossed by a fine bridge adjacent to an old mill, and the lavoirs (ancient wash-houses) can also be seen.
The Museum of Cap-Sizun Life contains some interesting artefacts and is situated in one of the most attractive 16th century houses in Pont Croix.
Near to Pont-Croix
Follow the attractive road towards Plouhinec along the valley of the River Goyen.
Visit the headland at Pointe de Raz (one of only about 30 designated 'Grand sites of France'), and other places on the Cap Sizun eg Plouhinec
Photos taken within 10 km
Address: Pont-Croix, Quimper, Finistere, Brittany, 29790 || GPS: latitude 48.0432, longitude -4.48891
Map of Pont-Croix & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Pont-Croix, France
- Ile-de-Sein - most beautiful village (19km)
- Pointe du Raz - grand site of france (19km)
- Locronan - most beautiful village (22km)
- Baie de Douarnenez - site of natural beauty (25km)
- Pointe de Penhir - site of natural beauty (25km)
- Argol - enclos-paroissial (26km)
- Menez-Hom - site of natural beauty (27km)
- Camaret-sur-Mer tour dorée (Vauban fortifications) - heritage site (27km)
- Quimper - town of art and history (29km)
- Jardin du prieuré de Locmaria - remarkable garden (30km)
Market days in Pont-Croix: Regular market(s) are held in Pont-Croix each Thursday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Pont-Croix (Francais)