Dynamism on the banks of the Léguer
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.
In touch with modernity
Lannion is the administrative, commercial and cultural capital of Trégor and since the National Telecommunications Centre was built there in 1960, it has also been a technology park championing cutting-edge technologies. There around one hundred high-tech companies and research centres.