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.
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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.
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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.
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.