"Le Faou" Le Faou by ranger49

Le Faou Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 23 photos

Ancient and Modern in Harmony

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

Down by the river

The waterside makes an attractive area for children to play, plenty of seats for picnics anall dotted around with unusual displays in which flowers and agricultural plants are combined and there are slipways for launching boats at high-tide.

  • Last visit to Le Faou: Oct 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2011 at 2:25 AM

    I like the sound of your Hotel, I think you got a real good deal!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2010 at 8:01 AM

    What a beautiful statue! Monsieur et Madame de Pompery sounds like a fanscinating individual. Beautiful town and wonderful page!

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2009 at 6:18 AM

    I am learning so much from your pages-it mat be difficult for me to go there-but I can taste the food just from reading your excellent restuarant guides.Thank you, Barbara


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