Capital of the Artichoke, Saint-Pol-de-Léon is also a lovely family-friendly seaside city, 5km away from Roscoff.
Religious art has inprinted this old bishopric appearance. Everywhere the stone testifies of the builders’ fervor. Mansions, elegant statues and striking residences bring majesty to the streets and alleys of the historic city. Don’t miss out on Paul Aurélien Cathedral-Basilic (13th-16th century), climb up to the top of one of the highest bell tower in Brittany at Notre-Dame du Kreisker chapel. The “Prébendale” House is also a must-see and is each year home to various exhibitions.
Travel tips : Ask for the free heritage trail leaflet at the Tourist Information Centre to learn about the rich history of the city and its church. Kids can discover the city with the Dragon Treasure Hunt, available for free at the Tourist Information Centre (in french only).Head towards the coast, less than 1.5km from the city centre, to discover Sainte Anne beach and islet. This very family-friendly beach is a reminder that Saint-Pol-de-Léon is also a seaside city. Many activities for children and grown-ups alike, “longe-côte” (aqua walking), windsurfing, kitesurfing… Vast areas of sand uncover at low tide, becoming a perfect place to try sea shell fishing! From the top of the rock on on the Îlot (“islet”) Sainte-Anne, admire a breathtaking view over the Baie de Morlaix. Diving boards, showers, rock pools onsite. In summer, the beach is supervised and you can even have a drink or a meal on the strand!
On the shores of the Baie de Morlaix is the historical port of Pempoul. The port of Pempoul welcomes recreational boaters wishing to make a stop over in the city. Ideally located, it is close to l'Île Callot and the river La Penzé. Nowadays, only recreational sailing boats dock here but in the past, Pempoul port was a thriving commercial port !
Travel tips : Ask for the free heritage trail leaflet at the Tourist Information Centre to learn about our rich coastal heritage !
Ways of transport : buses between Roscoff and Saint-Pol, lines 29 and 25 : see more