Visit Pont-Aven

Around the campsite in South Finistère

Pont-Aven is a pretty little town nestled between nature and water. A town close to the Atlantic coastline, you can admire the waters of the coastal river as they tumble down from the Montagnes Noires, winding their way through huge boulders. This was the site of many of the watermills that once brought the town to life, and gave rise to the saying: “Pont-Aven, town of renown, 14 mills, 15 houses”. In addition to the stone structures linked to the diversion canals used to supply water to the mills, the spectacle of the washerwomen on the banks and islets helped to seduce the artists. In the 19ᵉ century, the Pont-Aven school, led by Gauguin, gave new colors to the village. Today, art galleries abound, perpetuating the “bohemian” spirit of yesteryear. Discover a village and its history like no other!

A city of painters to explore

Indeed, Pont-Aven is a city of painters that has seen many artists pass through its doors. With a fine arts museum, municipal artists’ studios, an art school and an international center for contemporary art, and 60 private exhibition venues, the village offers visitors the colorful face of a town where painting is the main attraction. This magnificent site was discovered and revealed to the public in 1794 by the travel writer Cambry.

An enchanting walk not to be missed

The beauty of the site built around its tumultuous river, the incomparable light of the valley, the legendary welcome of the hostesses, the lively port, the open-minded population – there’s no shortage of assets to describe Pont-Aven. All the conditions were, and still are, in place for this small Finistère town to attract painters and travellers of all times;

Cross the bridge, wander through the streets, pass the footbridges and stroll along the flower-filled riverbanks past the 14 mills. The Aven is everywhere, winding its way through the city. Further downstream, a lovely 15ᵉ century tide mill stands next to the Château du Hénan. As you reach the sea, the delightful beach of Port-Manech is hemmed in with white cabins.

Today, the town still attracts artists, art lovers and connoisseurs of fine foods such as Les galettes de Pont Aven. Fine galettes rich in butter and flavor, the Traou Mad. Alexis Le Villain invented the recipe at the beginning of the last century. The Breton town preserves the secret of this delicious cookie for your enjoyment. The magic of Pont-Aven is untouched. Bring your family or friends for an unforgettable experience ….

How to get to Pont-Aven from the Kérantérec campsite near Concarneau

Visitors travelling from our campsite in La forêt-Fouesnant to Pont-Aven will need to travel just 21 km. campsite in La forêt-Fouesnant .


Kérantérec Campsite

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Covered terrace
Sea view
Semi-covered terrace