Hit the galleries
Amble up the main street of Pont-Aven and enjoy browsing the many art galleries and antique shops. Whilst window shopping, you may even find the perfect gift or souvenir to take home!
Walk along the riverbank
A short walk along the riverbank will take you into the heart of Pont-Aven, where you can look around the art galleries, shop for gifts to take home, or enjoy a delicious meal in a traditional creperie or a top class restaurant. Or you may prefer a walk along the river in the other direction, passing all the boats moored up. When you reach the end of the quayside, you can continue on a footpath all the way to the mouth of the Aven.
Day at the beach
The nearest beach of Port Manec'h is perfect for families with a stretch of white sand and watersports, offering the chance of adventure with sea-kayaking, sailing and windsurfing. Take the hiking trail at the foot of the lighthouse and follow the cliffs to Raguénez, the most beautiful beach in Névez, nicknamed ‘Tahiti’! Out at sea, you’ll spot the Glénan islands. Stroll around the port of Kerdruc, and don’t miss the little hamlets, with their thatched cottages and ‘Mein Zao’, houses and walls built from standing stones, and unique in France.
Explore the river Aven on a guided cruise
The company Vedettes Aven-Belon have a departure point on Quai Botrel just in front of the house! Tickets from Tourist Office.
Work up an appetite
There are tennis courts in Pont-Aven and horse riding is available in nearby Névez. Also bicycles can be hired in Pont-Aven.
Family day out
Take the family to the 'Labyrinthe de Pont-Aven' which is open for the summer holidays. Families can enjoy the maize maze, the mini farm, playground, a picnic area, trampolines and mini tractors. A fantastic fun filled day for both adults and children!
Fête des Fleurs d’Ajoncs
Pont-Aven is particularly lively on the first weekend in August when the Fête des Fleurs d’Ajoncs (gorse flower festival) takes place; there’s Breton music and dancing plus regional food specialities and locals in traditional costume – the Pont-Aven dresses and lace headdresses are regarded as Brittany’s most attractive.
The nearby Belon river estuary is famed for its oysters, which are said to have a distinctive nutty taste due to the mix of fresh water and saltwater in the estuary. You can buy oysters direct at Riec sur Belon.
Hire a canoe or kayak
and explore the Aven river at your own pace.
Game set match!
There are outdoor tennis courts available in Pont-Aven, so don't forget to pack your racquets and balls!
Enjoy a wander around the old walled town of Concarneau, the Ville Close, which has lots of little boutiques and places to stop for refreshment! Watch the boats in the harbour, and learn about the local industry at the Fishing Museum which is part on land part on water. Finish up with a top class meal in one of Concarneau's excellent fish and seafood restaurants.
Amble down the cobbled streets of Quimperlé exploring the town and culture that can be seen. For something a little different, navigate the town by canoe or kayak taking in many of the places of interest.
Les Roches du Diable
The boulders balanced alarmingly on top of each other at the gorges on the Ellé River, north of Quimperlé, are known as The Devil’s Rocks. On the border between Finistère and Morbihan, following the River Ellé’s west bank, a steep winding path leads to a dramatic viewing platform. The natural drama of this wooded valley with its acrobatic boulders tumbling down to the waters below stirs the imagination.
Anyone for golf?
Youngsters can try their hand at crazy golf at the 'Minigolf de Penfoul' in Bénodet. Whilst more experienced golfers can head for the 18 hole par 71 course at the 'Golf de Quimper-Cornouaille' in La Forêt Fouesnant.
Take the kids for a splash about at the ‘Aquasud Pays Bigouden’ in Pont-l'Abbé, an indoor water park with 25m swimming pool, play pool heated to 30°, baby paddling pool at 32°, and a 58m water slide!
Swing through the trees at Camors Adventure Forest
Camors Adventure Forest, just under an hour away, is a perfect playground for the whole family. From the age of 2, children can use their imagination as they go through the Elves Trail. For older kids, there is a discovery circuit with wooden bridges, ropes, nets, Tarzan creepers and aerial surfing. Adults and teenagers will enjoy the more challenging courses. Always showing total respect for the environment, Camors Adventure Forest also organises art workshops, fairy-tale evenings and concerts during the summer period.
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