This is the only place you’ll find the so-called ‘maisons à pondalez’ (overhanging houses), nestling among the other historic buildings! Constructed in the 16th century by linen merchants, these houses were built on three storeys around a monumental fireplace, a winding central staircase and wooden indoor walkways named ‘ponts d’allée’ – a derivation of the Breton term ‘pondalez’. Their half-timbered, overlapping storeys tower over the narrow streets leading off Place Allende, guiding you through the Breton Renaissance. To learn all their secrets, push open the door of the house called Maison de la Duchesse-Anne, on Rue au Mur, or the Maison à Pondalez on Grand Rue.
Backstreets that take you to the top!
Continue to explore the heritage of Morlaix as you make your way up the hill, along steep little streets linked by flights of stone steps, which lie behind the scenes of the main town. Stroll along at your own pace, and when you make it to the top you’ll be rewarded with plunging views over little gardens, half-timbered shops, wash-houses and the ruins of the old walled town. A well-earned view!