A view down the river in Pont Aven @ BERTHIER Emmanuel

Pont Aven travel guide

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.

Overview

  • Country: France

  • Region: Brittany

  • Department: Finistére

  • Population: 3,000

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