Pont-Croix, Brittany: tourism & sightseeing

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Visit Pont-Croix (Brittany, France)

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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, lovely steep cobbled streets lined by ancient granite houses, and is very pleasant to explore.

Exploring Pont-Croix

Saint Vincent Chapel in Pont-Croix

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 also at the top of the hill, around the pretty gardens of the Collegiate. 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 and various small attractive features such as fountains to enjoy.

You can also see the Saint-Vincent Chapel - this chapel 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 called 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

The countryside and coast near here have a great deal of scenic highlights. One popular local excursion is to follow the attractive road towards Audierne along the valley of the River Goyen, or follow the river by bike or on foot.

We also recommend you visit the headland at Pointe de Raz which is one of only about 30 designated Grand sites of France, and the other places on the Cap Sizun such as Plouhinec.

The Ile-de-Sein, an island off the west coast of Cap Sizun, and Locronan to the east of Pont-Croix, are both very picturesque and classified among the 'most beautiful villages in France'. Locronan in particular is highly recommended when you visit Plouezoc'h.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Finistere guide and the Brittany guide.

See also:

Map of Pont-Croix and places to visit

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Address: Pont-Croix, Quimper, Finistere, Brittany, 29790, France || GPS: latitude 48.0432, longitude -4.48891

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Ile-de-Sein: most beautiful village (19km)
  • Pointe du Raz: grand site of france (19km)
  • Locronan: most beautiful village (22km)
  • Pointe de Penhir: site of natural beauty (25km)
  • Baie de Douarnenez: 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, France

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)