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Coray - on the Roman crossroads

The village of Coray, in the Finistère department of Brittany, sits in a strategic position on the old Roman crossroads between Quimper-Carhaix and Concarneaux-Morlaix, and has a long held reputation for commerce. This location was the reason for the village's early growth, with wealthy merchants inhabiting the town, making and selling their wares. Today, the merchants are gone, but the village remains lively with a thriving community, good amenities and still benefiting from its geographical situation.

Typically Breton and not too touristy

Coray is a pleasant village, with attractive, typically Breton streets and houses and a welcoming atmosphere. It is popular with holidaymakers due to its convenient location and good amenities, but it is not too touristy, a fate which has overtaken some Breton villages in recent times. The shops here sell great fresh local produce rather than tourist tat, which comes as something of a relief to many, as after all, you can't survive by eating plastic figurines of ladies in Breton costume!

Shops and restaurants on offer

All the usual shops and services can be found in the village, with useful supermarkets as well as speciality shops like boulangeries, patisseries and charcuteries. Coray also offers some good restaurants, so treating yourself to a delicious lunch or evening meal is always a possibility.

Visit Coray's church and "cruciform" stone

The village has a lovely church, with a very impressive bell tower, dating back to around the 18th century. Coray is also notable for its strange "cruciform" stone, a naturally occurring phenomenon once thought to have religious mysteries attached, which has created a stone with a cross running through it.

Visit the coast and Lac de Guerlédan

The area around Coray offers a good deal of places to go and things to do. The coast, just a short drive away from the village, has some beautiful beaches and pretty coves as well as a sprinkling of lively resort towns which are ideal for family days out. As a change from the seaside you could take a day to spend at the lovely Lac de Guerlédan, a vast leisure lake with facilities for many sports and leisure activities.

Explore the countryside and nearby towns

Coray is set in lovely, tranquil countryside of lush pasture and woodland, with quiet tracks and lanes where walkers, cyclists and horse-riders can indulge their hobbies to the full, untroubled by traffic and pollution. Places of interest nearby include the gorgeous mediaeval town of Quimper, or the picturesque port town of Locquirec, where nine lovely beaches await you. If you enjoy street markets, take a trip to the nearby town of Châteaulin, where not only is there an excellent weekly market, but also a beautiful riverside town with pretty, pastel-coloured houses and a distinctly Cornish air.

How to get there

You can fly to either Brest or Dinard. Brest is served by Flybe and Ryanair, while Dinard is served by Aurigny and Ryanair. Should you prefer to go by ferry, the nearest ferry ports are Roscoff and St Malo. Drivers will find the village on the D36/D15 roads, with the nearest major roads being the N165 and N164.

Property prices and availability in and around Coray

Brittany can be a fairly expensive place to buy property, as so many foreign buyers have discovered its charms and already jumped onto the property bandwagon. In fact, it's not just the Brits that have fallen for Brittany, the French as well as many other nationalities head there in their droves for summer holidays or to settle in this beautiful region. However, Finistère is the cheapest of the Breton departments, and inland villages such as Coray tend to offer the best of the property bargains.

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Coray AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Coray?

Coray is situated in the north-west of France. It lies in the south of the Finistère department.

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IN THE REGION OF BRITTANY

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF FINISTÈRE

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Population: 1,625


Access: By air: Fly to Brest (60km) or Dinard (140km). By boat: The nearest ferry ports are Roscoff (90km) or St Malo (190km). By road: Coray is found on the D36/D15. The nearest major roads are the N165 and N164.


Economy: The economy is mainly agricultural, with all commerce present.


Interesting fact: Residents of Coray are known as Corayens (in French, Coraiens or Coraiennes).

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