Paimpol was made famous in the 19th century by Théodore Botrel and his song “La Paimpolaise” about a girl from Paimpol. Above all, it is known as being the departure port for cod fishing to Newfoundland and Iceland. But that page in history turned long ago, and today, oyster farming and tourism are the main activities in Paimpol. Take a look around the quays! The port is now a pretty marina with lively restaurants, making it lovely for a stroll. You can set off from here to explore the old town and the shipowners’ houses.
Half-timbered houses and sculpted façades
The best part of the week is Tuesday morning. This is market day in Paimpol. Stroll around Place du Martray and then the Latin quarter. Narrow streets, little squares, shipowners’ houses and pretty half-timbered houses from the 15th and 16th centuries bear witness to the region’s past prosperity.
It’s dinner time!
After enjoying the “paimpolaise” oyster, a speciality of the town, get on the road to the pretty fishing village of Loguivy-de-la-mer. In addition to crabs, spider crabs and spiny lobsters, the place is especially known for the Loguivy blue lobster, the real Breton lobster. You’re in for a treat!