Pont Aven travel guide

Cities and towns

About Pont-Aven

Pont-Aven in Brittany is a picturesque mill town best known for its association with the painter Paul Gauguin.

Sitting peacefully by the side of the River Aven, the attractive little town of Pont-Aven is famous for its many mills, so beautifully captured by Gauguin in his paintings. It was here that he founded the École de Pont-Aven ('School of Pont-Aven') with Emile Bernard and many of the school's paintings can be found in the Musée de Pont-Aven, which houses over 1,000 works. This artistic tradition continues today with the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art (PASCA). 

Follow the Promenade des Moulins for a charming walk around the remains of Pont-Aven's 15 mills and end up at the Moulin du Grand Poulguin, which has been converted into a restaurant as well as a working mill, for a fantastic meal. The Biscuiterie Traou Mad has 3 shops in the town and produces its renowned galettes, crêpes and biscuits in its local factory. Don't forget to visit and pick up some delicious treats!

If you're visiting in the summer, the village truly comes alive on 1 August when the Fête des Fleurs d'Ajonc (gorse flower festival) is celebrated. Villagers come out in traditional costume, widely regarded as the most attractive traditional dress in Brittany, with local food specialities served and Breton music played in the streets.

Why visit Pont-Aven?

  • The Mills
  • Gauguin and the Arts
  • Walks
  • Biscuiterie Traou Mad 

Overview

  • Country: France
  • Region: Brittany
  • Department: Finistére
  • Population: 3,000
  • Coordinates: 47.901614,-3.729858

Coordinates shown are based on the WGS84 system, please check driving directions before departing.

Nearby attractions

Set up by fans of the Ecole de Pont-Aven, this museum is dedicated to the Impresssionist artworks of this artistic school, which was led by Paul Gauguin in the 1880s.

Famed for inventing the butter biscuits called galettes in 1920, the Biscuiterie Traou Mad is a visible presence in Pont-Aven with 3 shops across the town.

One of the few mills remaining intact in the town, Le Moulin du Grand Poulguin has been turned into a fantastic restaurant and museum where you can find out about the history, mechanisms and workings of the mill.

Follow this walking route through Pont-Aven to discover the 15 mills that were once the lifeblood of the town. Scattered both upstream and downstream of the main deck, these pretty mills were the inspiration for some of the...

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