Visit Treguier (Brittany, France)
Tréguier is a town in the Cotes d'Armor department to the north of Brittany, a little way inland from the scenic 'Cote de granit rose'.
A small town on a hill above the River Jaudy, at its confluence with the river Guindy, Treguier has much of interest to discover among in its historical centre, a result of the trade in flax and hemp which brought wealth to Tréguier in the Middle Ages - a trade made possible by the river port in the town, which gives easy access to the English Channel.
Your visit to Tréguier will focus mostly in the streets between the Place de la Republique (parking available) and the pleasure port on the Gaudy river, with Place Martray (next to the cathedral) in the centre of the old district. The tourist office is on the Place de General de Gaulle near the pleasure port at the end of Rue Renan.
The town itself has many 15th and 16th century colombage houses, as well as some suitably imposing granite townhouses - the historic centre of Treguier is now a protected zone, and contains many individual listed historic monuments, especially in rue Colvestre, Rue des Perdreries and rue Ernest Renan*. As you explore the busy old town you will also come across lots of small open squares, cafes and shops.
*Note in particular the decorative elements of the houses, and the way the upper stories of the half-timbered houses often overhang the lower stories - a technique for providing shelter to the lower parts of a building.
One of the best known half-timbered houses in Treguier was birthplace to the reputed (and controversial) 19th century writer Ernest Renan, and is now a museum celebrating his life, including a recreation of his work studio. The building is a listed among 85 French National Monuments.
Tréguier is also well known for its gothic style cathedral. The 14th century Cathedral Saint-Tugdual is a fine architectural masterpiece, best known for having three towers running above the transept, each a different style. One of the towers is a remnant from the roman style cathedral that previously stood here. The cathedral also has a lovely cloister dating from the 15th century.
Next perhaps head back to the east to explore the region around the popular pleasure port.
Market day here in Treguier is wednesday.
Activities close to Tréguier
Boat trips from Tréguier port are a popular way to explore, whether on organised boat trips of by hiring a canoe for the afternoon.
Photos taken within 10 km
Tourist classifications for Treguier
Treguier has received the following tourist classifications: ; historical protected town centre' (secteur sauvegardé)
Address: Tréguier, Lannion, Cotes-d'Armor, Brittany, 22220 || GPS: latitude 48.7858, longitude -3.23111
Map of Treguier & places nearby
Highlights close by
Cote de Granit Rose 13km
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Treguier, France
- Maison Ernest Renan - national monument
- Jardin du Kestellic - remarkable garden
- Jardins de Kerdalo - remarkable garden (2km)
- Jardin du château de la Roche-Jagu - remarkable garden (8km)
- Pontrieux - ville fleurie 4* (11km)
- Paimpol - recommended detour (14km)
- Beauport Abbey - grand site of france (16km)
- Lannion - ville fleurie 4* (18km)
- Aquarium marin de Trégastel - aquarium (21km)
- Zooparc de Trégomeur - zoo or wildlife park (34km)
Market days in Treguier: Regular market(s) are held in Treguier each Wednesday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Treguier (Francais)