The historic village of Pont-l’Abbé was called the “most Breton of all the Breton towns in Brittany” by Maupassant. Here, in the heart of Bigouden Country, is where the famous headdress first developed, a tribute to the skill of the embroiderers.
Little streets will take you from the quays, built with stones from the old city walls, to the Notre-Dame-des-Carmes Gothic church. It is the only remnant of a convent founded in the 14th century. You can admire the pretty 19th century stained-glass windows in the chapel with its typical mendicant architecture. The rose’s stained glass windows, which are originals, are arranged in a lace-like pattern in the granite. The streets and squares are lined with mansions built by local gentlemen during the 16th and 17th centuries. But most of the beautiful homes were built during the 19th century by the bourgeoisie, who worked mostly in the potato trade. You can still find this trading tradition at the Thursday market, the largest in Cornwall, as well as at the many shops that line the streets.