The historic town of Lannion, the capital of Trégor and the gateway to the Pink Granite Coast, is an elegant combination of tradition and modernity. It has a subtle architectural line-up consisting of mansion houses, manors, a former convent and cloister, while the technology park breathes an air of innovation and energy over the city.
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On a site that has been occupied since the Neolithic era, Lannion developed around the ford, which made it possible to cross the Léguer, the site of today’s Kermaria Bridge. This river was defended by a castle. In the Middle Ages, the town, enclosed with ramparts, lived to the rhythm of the tides and its port activities. This is how it acquired its commercial vocation, which is still attested by its famous market.
A medieval look
Start your visit with the majestic Brélévenez church. It overlooks the town from the top of its 140 steps and offers a breath-taking view. As you stroll through the streets, squares and cobbled alleyways, soak up the atmosphere of the former medieval city. Half-timbered houses or slate houses with sculpted decorations illustrate the tastes and wealth of its former residents. Note the massive towers attached to the façades of the mansions and manors: they contain spiral staircases to access the floors.
Did you know
Among the exceptional half-timbered houses, the one at number 3, Rue des Chapeliers is decorated with sculpted characters in strange positions.
Places to visit
Exhibitions, concerts, contemporary circus, photography: the city is a place of cultural sharing. Not-to-miss places are the Imagerie, a gallery dedicated to photography which hosts Les Estivales photographiques each year, and La Chapelle des Ursulines, with temporary exhibitions for everyone. The Carré Magique is a well-known venue for music, dance and contemporary circus!