• The scallop (Coquille Saint-Jacques) is celebrated with a Festival in the Brittany port of Paimpol (22 Côtes d’Armor, Brittany) 20 – 21 April 2024! – see
  • The Festival de Chants de Marins d’Europe – or the European Singing Sailors Festival takes place in Paimpol 8 -10  August 2025 – see

Every year the Spring Scallop Festival (Fête de la Coquille St-Jacques) is held in one of the west Brittany ports around Paimpol (22 Côtes d’Armor, Brittany). 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

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North 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.

Abbaye de Beauport

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)

For more info on the Spring Scallop Festival see
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Lighthouse Keeper’s cottage

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