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 1 Place Julia (formerly Place de l'Hôtel de Ville)  29930 PONT-AVEN
Les Ajoncs d'Or

Hotel & Restaurant
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Poetry by the Aven

A tribute to the 20th-century poet and writer of the same name, who fell in love with Brittany and Pont-Aven and wrote the book "Rire et Pleurs de Pont-Aven" ("The Laughter and Tears of Pont-Aven"), the Xavier Grall walk follows the banks of the Aven and gives visitors the chance to see a wealth of flora and charming old buildings: wash houses, small stone staircases, facades and bridges covered in flowers.

The Boulders

Imposing yet playful, the Aven Boulders are huge granite blocks eroded by the current and Brittany's plentiful rain: an unexpected spectacle and a playground for little ones.

A Renaissance jewel

A stone's throw from the hotel, on the outskirts of the Bois d'Amour, lies the Chapel of Trémalo, a superb Renaissance building containing a remarkable religious sculpture.

Immortalised in art

You will recognise the chapel's sculpture of Christ, made from multi-coloured wood, as depicted by Gauguin in "The Yellow Christ", but the chapel has also inspired other artists including Émile Jourdan and Pierre-Eugène Clairin, whose works are on display in the Museum of Pont-Aven.

A legacy of ancient times

Pont-Aven's 15 mills have been harnessing the power of the river's current since ancient times. Most of them have now been restored, and a few are open to the public. Follow the route marked with wooden plaques that recount the history of each one.

Mills and artists

With their unusual designs, the mills have long been a powerful presence on the local landscape, and they remain unchanged to this day. For painters, especially the Impressionists, they were a major part of Pont-Aven's appeal.

Traditional thatched roofs

First founded in the 1500s, the village of Kerascoët – just 5 km from the hotel – will catch your eye with its thatched roofs, made from wheat, rye and reed straw. The thatched roofs are well-preserved: the whole village was restored using traditional methods in 1993.

A rustic hamlet

Farmers and fishermen have lived side-by-side in the rustic dwellings of Kerascoët's one street for over 500 years.

Belle Époque charm

At the mouth of the Aven, 5 km from the hotel, lies the charming town of Port Manec'h, with beach huts from the early 20th century and the luxurious Hotel Julia dating back to 1920 ... Many great stars, such as Arletty and Jean Gabin, stayed in the latter.


Fishermen's cottages nestle among beautiful estates on this coastal path. For those who like a challenging walk, the GR 34 leads to the lighthouse and stunning views. For food lovers, meanwhile, freshly caught langoustines await you by the harbour.

The Atelier de la Galette (Galette Workshop)

The secrets of the famous Breton "palet" biscuit are revealed at the Atelier de la Galette, situated in a traditional 19th-century house. Prepare yourself for the aromas of times gone by, sweet treats and Breton cuisine.

Local cuisine

Pont-Aven may be the city of artists, but the local cuisine is a draw in itself: try biscuits and cakes such as Kouign Amann, Gâteau Breton, and Far aux pruneaux … There are several biscuit shops you can visit: Biscuiterie Traou Mad, 1 minute away along the Aven, Biscuiterie de Pont-Aven, 1 minute away in the direction of the Museum, and Biscuiterie Penven, in Place de l'Hôtel de Ville.


Concerts take place in the Jardins de Rospico in Nevez, a floral garden of 3.5 hectares. On the bill: traditional jazz and various branches of contemporary jazz: rock, pop, groove, blues, funk and other forms of improvised music.

Useful information

The festival begins on the Sunday following 14th July. Head down to the pergola or the terrace from 6:00 pm to enjoy it.

What to see in Pont-Aven


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