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Spring Scallop Festival in Brittany

The scallop (Coquille Saint-Jacques) is celebrated with a Festival in the Brittany port of Paimpol (22 Côtes d’Armor, Brittany) 27 – 28 April 2019.

Every year the Spring Scallop Festival (Fête de la Coquille St-Jacques) is held in one of four west Brittany ports – the others being   Paimpol, Loguivy de la Mer – Ploubazlanec and Saint Quay Portrieux. This area regards itself as the “Capital of the Scallop”, with a vibrant fish market serviced by the local fishing boats – lobsters, scallops, spider crabs are usually available. More info on the Scallop Festival


Abbaye de Beauport

posterNorth of Paimpol, the so-called Goëlo Coast is a must for lovers of the outdoors. Take the GR34 old customs officers’ path around the peninsula from the active fishing village of Loguivy-de-la-Mer to Pors-Even, taking in the magnificent views and historic town of Ploubazlanec.

This is far Brittany, a long way from the rest of France, its customs, language and culture.

Just south of Paimpol is the maritime abbey of Beauport, which is well worth a visit

To the north of the port of Paimpol you can get a ferry for a trip to the Isle of Brehat.! (no vehicles)

There is the Festival de Chants de Marins d’Europe – or the European Singing Sailors Festival in Paimpol 2 – 4  August 2019 – see

For more info on the Spring Scallop Festival see
Best rates for Hotels and other accommodation  in and around Paimpol such as self-catering in the Lighthouse Keeper’s cottage.


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