Many of our guests while they are on holiday here in Brittany visit Pont Aven. Pont Aven, most famous for its connection with Gauguin and the school of Pont Aven, is an extraordinarily pretty village in a bucolique setting. Set on the banks of the River Aven, which meanders its way through the pretty streets, and architectural delights, past the port and towards the sea. Like many a tourist town, and especially one with such strong artistic connections, it can get over run with visitors. There are some dubious galleries, and a few too many biscuit shops. However, get the timing right, take a look beyond the day-glo paintings, and you will be charmed.
1. Art-Scraps – Opposite la Chocolaterie- A genuine artist with real talent. This new gem of a gallery on the main street may well be the only reason you need to visit Pont Aven. You can view, or partake in art classes with sessions on demand. Learn how to make travel journals, postal art, collage, sketch, create. www.melissaferreira.com
2. In need of light refreshment? The chocolaterie de Pont Aven has the best hot chocolate I have ever tasted in the WORLD! Say no more.
3. Walk the Bois d’Amour – A circular walk that winds its’ way up stream and through the woods. It is very pretty and accessible and yes full of love.
4. Walk downstream. Follow the path past the port on the right hand side. This follows the river all the way to Port Manech and the sea which may be a little far for most people. Soon you will see why Paul Gauguin chose this area of Brittany, and you may well recognise some of the views from his paintings. The light, large boulders and tall trees are nothing but inspirational.
5. L’Idee – This interior deco shop has some beautiful things.