From the end of the 19th century, the “City of Painters” was the favorite of the young American painter Henry Bacon, who discovered this village at random while stopping the diligence which led him to Concarneau. Under the spell, he told his friends: “it is the prettiest village in France that I had seen so far, with its strange bridge over a fast river, which turns several water wheels. picturesque and goes towards the sea, at a short distance “.
Then twenty years later, Paul Gauguin, who had come to move away from Paris, drew new inspiration there and became the leader of the Pont Aven school.
Even today, walk along the Aven in the footsteps of these painters, you will find art galleries, but also designer shops.
3- The chapel of Trémalo
Accessible on foot via the “Bois d’Amour path”, this private chapel belongs to the Villemarqué de Cornouaille family, which maintains and restores this magnificent site. It contains several treasures, the most famous of which is the yellow Christ which inspired the famous painting by Paul Gauguin. Now housed at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, USA, it is a major work of the symbolism .
You will find an exhibition made up of ten panels retracing the art and life of the painter.
If you are not very athletic or accompanied by young children, you can also get there by car. When you leave the chapel, you can take a few steps in the beech alley to enjoy the surrounding nature.
The chapel is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from October to June and
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from July to September.
4- The marina
Impossible to pass Pont Aven without strolling along its charming marina, perfect for a little digestive walk after the meal! And if you want to take an original little excursion The stars of Aven Belon offer you a 1h15 cruise from Pont Aven to the sea, ideal for families. This commented cruise will allow you to discover the incredible maritime past of this river while admiring the landscape and the changing lights over the water.
5- Xavier Grall’s walk
Named after a Breton poet, the promenade Xavier Grall, is a short walk of 10-15min which invites you to stroll along the water’s edge and allows you to admire pretty views over the Aven. It is a place accessible to strollers and wheelchairs, ideal for taking beautiful photos.
To discover a village from the point of view of the inhabitants, nothing better than to call on a passionate guide, who will know how to make you discover what most visitors do not know: Guided tour of Pont Aven (10 to 15E / person depending on the schedule)
Aven Parc is a must-see place for children in the region. You will find an educational farm there, but also many games (trampoline, hanging nets, wooden games, slides, etc.) and a labyrinth with shows and actors for family fun. Thematic events are scheduled throughout the year and renewed each year.
– Free parking without time limit: Bel Air car park, Quai Brizeux, Pontic Malo car park, Belle Angèle car park
– Free parking but for a limited time in the heart of the city. The parking disc is compulsory.
You can download the parking plan on the Pont Aven Tourist Office website.