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Thursday, October 10, 2013

What's to see in Plouescat?


Plouescat is a pretty village in Finistère (Brittany) along the North Coast, West and not far from St Pol de Leon and Roscoff.

Plouescat is famous for its most imposing monument situated in the centre in the square of the small town in front of the church.

The famous monument is called "Les Halles".

"Les Halles" is a beautiful medieval wood structure of more than 300 sqm.

It wasn't just a shelter for the market. It was the council hall, the market and the school.

It is amazing to think that all the life of the town was around this beautiful structure.




But Plouescat has more to offer.

The little harbour at Porsguen is beautiful, quiet and peaceful.

You have the best sights from the pier pointed with the huge boulders that make the coast so special in Brittany.

From there you can observe the fishermen quitely leaving the harbour or just watching for the birds crossing the sky.




Walking West along the coast from Porsguen, after having crossed the Plage of Porsmeur, in the Kernik Bay the sea hides the beautiful remains of L'allée couvert de Guinirvit.

L'allée couvert de Guinirvit is an old funerary monument of more than 5000 years ago.

To see this impressive ruins you have to wait low tide and at low tide the bay is even more beautiful and scenic.




You don't have to walk much longer to enter in Keremma Beach (la Plage de Keremma) where you will certainly see many locals practising la Peche à Pied, the traditional collection of cockles in Brittany.

Or if you prefer you can drive just East of Plouescat and discover one more Dolmen in Brittany.

After having discovered the Menhir de la Pellionaie near Loudeac, we discover now the Menhir Cam Louis.




Not far from the Menhir it remains perfectly preserved one of the watch houses built around the coast to control the coast for enemy vessels or smugglers approaching.





The one at Lavillo is particularly interesting for the way is hidden in the rocks so not to be spotted by the sea.

Looking to the watch house and the wild beach is easy to go back in time and imagine what the sentinels should have felt when patrolling the coast in a dark stormy night, away from everything, lonely and isolated. 



We hope you enjoy these photos and you find them inspiring as we found them.


This post has been made thanks to Françoise and Hervé Caroff from Plouescat. 

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