Shearwin's in Europe 2015 travel blog

Point Aven - River and Cottages

Point Aven - River and Cottages

Point Aven - a village for artist's

The River makes it's way to Pont Manec'h

We awoke to the quiet of a still country morning at 0730hrs; not a sound could be heard.

We dressed and were at the breakfast table by 0930hrs where we met a lovely young Austrian couple returning to the hotel after one year of marriage, having honeymooned here. We had a pleasant discussion before they left to return to Innsbruck.

Following breakfast our host, Annie gave us an itinerary for the day which we gratefully accepted.

Our first point of call was Port Aven, 26 km SE on the river Aven. This small very picturesque village was the home of the 19th century artist Gauguin and his legacy can be seen in the extensive number of galleries throughout the village; many like Gauguin post impressionists. The principal attraction is the tree lined river where creek and river meet, allowing for cottages with water wheels to line the banks. Rising ground either side of the river offer more substantial older homes to dominate from amongst the trees. Obviously popular with tourists, especially on a Sunday, it has retained it's early character and does not appear over commercialized.

We continued down the river 6km to the very small village of Kerdruc. It is neat with a single good quality brasserie over looking the river. Parking was a problem but we did alight to view the river in the direction of Pont Aven and to the open sea. Pretty, adding to the picture of the river, but requiring a brief stop only.

The final observation point for the river was at Port Manec'h, a further 5km, when the river opens to the sea. Parking was no problem here and we took the opportunity to walk the sea front to the west. The day was sunny, the temperature comfortable and was supported with the lightest of breezes. The walk was amongst the rocks along a formed path that offered great views of the granite coastline, the blue reflective water and the many Yatchs and boats moving in and out of the harbor. We returned via a largish resort which looked nice but lacked "something" to give it real appeal. We departed the Point via a beach ,on the river, which appeared very popular.

Our next leg to Le Raguenez Plage was missed due to poor GPS plotting and, unaware to us, we were in the vicinity of Port de Trevignon before we knew it ( 11 Km). The port and land point were very open to the sea, however, the area was well supported by Brasserie's overlooking the sea and after a drinks break we walked the harbor and break water. There were quite a few tourists in the area and a site for the evenings music festival was being set up.

Our final planned leg was the very large town of Concarneau ( 15 km). The towns principal attraction is the 14th Century, Ville Close an enclosed fortified town at the mouth of the river Le Moros. Vauban, is believed to have added to the forts original design. Now a popular magnet for tourists, it's old streets are lined with touristy shops, however, the character is still there and it is possible to get a feel for life in the town and to walk the walled fortifications.

We walked the main areas of the town and watched a number of vessels return to port later in the day. We had a brief stop for a wine and to watch a very noisy band, from Pont Aven, contribute to the music festival.

At 1800hrs, we were looking for a dinner location but nothing of interest was opening until 1900hrs so we decided to return to Port de Trevignon, where Kaye had previously identified fish & chips that would be open early. Unfortunately, when we returned, this was not the case and we had to settle for a pizza at 1900hrs; dinner was not considered a big success. The situation was not helped when I thought I had run out of memory on my camera, not allowing me to take photo's after Pont Aven to then find later that this was not the case - opportunities lost.

We returned the 39 Km's to our B&B with only one navigation problem by GeePS and were in bed by 2115hrs.

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