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Locronan

Locronan is part of the very select clubs of “Small Towns of Character” and “Most beautiful villages of France”, and with good reason. As you walk in front of the superb residences around the beautiful central square and its well, you’ll soon understand.

GLEAMING ARCHITECTURE

Through history

The Celts chose this site to create a nemeton, a sacred pathway with stations symbolising the 12 months of the year.  In the 6th century, Saint Ronan Christianised the site and the town was born. Now called Locronan, it gained in wealth and beauty from the 14th century thanks to weaving sailcloth. Trade was established with all the large fleets, leading to fortune and the construction of harmonious granite houses. The walls have remained true to their origins.

Cobbled streets of joy

In summer, the morning light colours the old stones in gold. Elegant houses with sculpted dormer windows surround the square. Saint-Ronan church and Pénity chapel, next to each other, look like one, gargoyles included. In the nave, the pulpit and the main stained-glass window trace several religious episodes. The neighbouring streets are also lined with charming buildings. To preserve the authenticity of the historic heart, cars must remain outside and boutiques are identified with traditional signs. Among them are bakeries making wonderful kouign-amann cakes.

The next Grande Troménie procession in 2025

The cult of Saint Ronan gives rise to a yearly Troménie, a long procession of forgiveness and meditation. The very colourful and impressive Grande Troménie takes place every six years, in July. Banners and blue and gold costumes form a procession along the 12 km of the former nemeton.

A festival of charm

Pagan activities also spotlight the town’s preserved beauty. Many films have used the town as a backdrop: “Tess” by Roman Polanski, “Chouans” by Philippe de Broca, “A Very Long Engagement” by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, etc. Film-makers (and viewer) appreciate this setting, which is free of electric cables, aerials and traffic lights.

DID YOU KNOW?

And next door?

The Mountain (sic) of Locronan culminates at 289 metres. It’s enough to enjoy a lovely view of Douarnenez bay and the Crozon Peninsula. At its foot, the dunes of Sainte-Anne-la-Palud stretch out.

What shouldn’t you miss?

  • The Grand’Place, with granite houses from the 17th and 18th centuries, and the neighbouring streets
  • Saint-Ronan priory church (15th century)
  • Penity chapel (15th and 16th centuries)
  • Saint-Eutrope monumental fountain (17th century)
  • Notre-Dame-de-Bonne-Nouvelle chapel (15th-17th centuries), stained-glass windows by A. Manessier
  • Locronan mountain – Plas ar Horn: Ar Soñj chapel with a splendid view at altitude 289 m

Guided tours

  • Guided tour for individuals
  • Guided tour for groups
  • Interpretation circuit
  • Special tour for children

Information & bookings

Tourist Office

Quimper en Cornouaille


Nearby

Official website of tourism in Brittany
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