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Explore our history and heritage !

Historic Pays Bigouden - Tronoën chapel and calvary © E Cléret Historic Pays Bigouden - Tronoën chapel and calvary © E Cléret

Megaliths and churches in Pays Bigouden take you back in time ! Here are some ideas for discovering these well-preserved monuments to our history.

A megalithic bike ride

The Musée de la Préhistoire Finistérienne (Museum of Prehistory) in Penmarc’h has come up with a novel way of dsicovering the standing stones of the Bigouden peninsula. Cycle with a guide along the roads and paths of the area to see lines of standing stones, dolmens, menhirs and steles.

Every Thursday morning at 10.00 April – September. Advanced booking required : 02 98 58 60 35. Price : 6.50€ with bike hire, 4.50 € with your own bike.

The Museum also runs participative workshops ; themes include how to be a hunter-gatherer and how to extract metal from ore.

Fun Outings with Les Archikurieux

"Photo shoot in Pont-l’Abbé” (in French only)

A photo album with lots of photos, all in the wrong place. Your mission is to sort out the photos and put them in the right place using the clues provided. A super fun way to discover the town and its history with family or friends.

All equipment is provided. The tour lasts 2 hours. For dates, please see summer calendar of events. Booking is essential : 07 50 24 97 32

“La p’tite vadrouille”, a treasure hunt to discover the history of Haut Pays Bigouden (in French only)

A treasure hunt with a difference ! Discover or re-discover places which have marked the history and legends of Pays Bigouden. Choose from 4 different themes : Pays de Légendes (a land of legends), Traditions, Une longue Histoire (a long story), Sur les traces du Train Carottes (on the trail of the Train Carottes).

Collect your log book, switch on your SatNav and set off on an entertaining voyage of discovery !

Log books on sale at the Offices de Tourisme du Haut Pays Bigouden.

Price : 15 €

More info : 02 98 91 45 15

The rich history of Tronoën Calvary

"Visit the chapel and calvary and re-live the history told by the stones"

The Cathedral of the Dunes has kept watch over the coast and Bay of Audierne since the 15th century. The calvary tells an age-old story… Some say that it is the equivalent of a strip cartoon of that era. No need to know how to read to decode its message, the calvary follows the story of the Gospel from the childhood of Christ to his Passion.

Guided tours : mid-July to mid-August every day except all day Saturday and Sunday morning. 10.30 – 13.00, 15.00 – 18.30.

Sunset over the ruins of Languidou

The Chapel of Languidou is typical of the architectural style of the Pont Croix School. Although it is now in ruins, its immense rose window remains intact and at sunset the sun’s rays pass through the filigree stonework, bathing the site in a mystic aura.

Practical info : on the Route de Languidou in Plovan. Free access. Car park nearby.

Le Pardon de Penhors, a traditional Breton religious festival

Every year, on the first weekend in September, the Chapelle de Penhors in Pouldreuzic holds its annual religious festival, known as a ‘pardon’, against the backdrop of the sea.  This ‘pardon’ is one of the largest in Pays Bigouden. It begins on the Saturday evening with a candlelit procession, followed by a grand procession the following day in which banners and crosses are carried to the statue of Notre Dame de Penhors overlooking the sea. The day ends with the blessing of the sea and Breton songs.

Practical info : First weekend of September. More details from Offices de Tourisme