Pont L’Abbe and Surrounding Area
Classed as the capital of the Pay Bigouden, Pont L’Abbe is a working market town with a maritime history. The Pay Bigouden region covers an area roughly outlined by the River Odet to the East and the Bay of Audierne to the west. It is famous for the “ Fete des Brodeuses” which takes place every July and the electing of a new Queen des Brodeuses. It is a visual feast with many participants wearing the traditional Breton costume which helps keep alive their cultural identity. In short it is a celebration of the Breton culture with parades, traditional music and dancing, communal night feasts and always ends with a spectacular firework display.
Each Thursday the town comes to life when one of the main markets takes place in the centre square. Generally the market is split into two areas with the food stalls situated together and general arts and craft, fashions and hardware placed in the Place de la Republique. The smells and sounds attract people from miles away with the vibrant buzz drawing large crowds and creating an air of excitement. The market is featured in the Getaway Holiday Homes recently made video “out & about”. By viewing the short film you can see first hand the market stalls and the popularity of this weekly event.
However, Pont L’abbe has far more to offer than just a weekly market. It is a self-contained town with leading retail outlets, supermarkets and a hospital. There is a recently built swimming pool complex as well as a sports hall and leisure activities. The centre boasts its own chateau and museum, boutique shops selling arts and crafts as well as a wide choice of local restaurants and bars. For the more outdoor minded there is a wealth of activities to keep you busy. Why not take a walk along the quayside or cycle past the tidal river which comes directly into the centre. The estuary is ideal for kayaking and leads down stream to the fishing port of Loctudy or the chic island village of Ile Tudy.
The surrounding area is known locally as the Breton Riviera and once visited you can see why. It may not be as swanky as its famous name sake in the French Riviera, however it cannot be rivalled for natural beauty. Literally only a five minute drive from the centre you will find the chic holiday resort of Benodet with its stunning beaches, casino, cinema and restaurants. The river Odet runs alongside the town and leads directly up to Quimper. On the other side of Benodet is the beautiful village of Sainte Marine. The quaint harbour side is a real gem and incredibly popular during the main Spring, Summer and Autumn months. Having a meal or a drink opposite the river and watching the boats gently pass by is a real highlight for most visitors.
It’s not all chic resorts and casinos. The area has a natural beauty and diverse collections of towns and villages. There is such a stunning contrast between the fishing ports to the south and holiday centres along the coast. At its most south westerly tip the Pay Bigouden faces the Atlantic coast to the west and the mouth of the Bay of Biscay to the south. The rugged coastline of the Atlantic is ideal for surfers, then suddenly makes way to the gentle sandy beaches around Loctudy, Lesconil and Ile Tudy. With an abundance of wild life, open outdoor spaces and historical places of interest, there really is something for everyone within this magical region of France.
The Bois Soleil camp-site, set just outside the centre of Pont L’Abbe is open all year with many mobile home owners taking advantage of the all year round access. All models currently available on this camp-site come with double glazing, extra insulation and gas central heating in all rooms. This makes them ideal to be used in all seasons. If you would like to have any further information on our mobile homes for sale in France, then please do not hesitate to contact us.
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