"Le Faou" Le Faou by ranger49
Le Faou Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 23 photos
Le Faou is a mediaeval town that sits at the mouth of its own little estuary which opens out into the broader estuary of the Aulne and the Rade de Brest.
Once an important maritime port its marine activities are now mainly confined to agriculture and low key tourism.
The size of the quay beyond the bridge which crosses the river at the bottom of the High Street gives some idea of the capacity for handling the export and import of goods which must once have existed here.
The high street still has a number of well preserved 15thC houses and there are 23 houses in the town which have a Proteced status.
Near the Harbour is the old church which on our last visit was completely shrouded by scaffolding and drapes as a major programme of restoration is underway. In spite of this the flower beds around the church enclosure and outer walls were particularly well tended.
The new part of town is as you turn off the top of the high street and the old Halles area. It is dismissed by some snotty guide books as not worth a look but I liked the new, but not contemporary Hotel de Ville, and the square in front of it lined with hotels (2) shops, bars and restaurants. The tree-lined centre provides neatly laid out parking places .
This was our second visit and I suspect not the last - it is little more than 40 miles from the ferry port in Roscoff.
In the Top Picture the statue in front of the Hotel de Ville is that of an C19th noblewoman resident in the town who introduced new agricultural techniques which contributed to the successful economy of the town and its people.
The Bridge at the end of the street of mediaeval houses at low tide. At the far end is the open square that leads to the harbour and the quay
This impressive statue, in the square in front of the Town Hall and opposite the Hotel de Beauvoir commemorates Monsieur... more travel advice
On our last visit to Le Faou the church was very obviously undergoing renovation and was out of bounds to tourists and,... more travel advice
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