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Guerlesquin is a little city of character

The small town of Guerlesquin benefits from a stunning location as well as remarkable heritage. The lovely coast of Finistère is within a few minutes drive, and the National Park of the Monts d'Arrée spreads out around the town. Guerlesquin also has a vibrant community life, and offers both a packed programme of activities and events and a rich heritage to explore. It is a listed "little city of character" and also a "town of flowers", making it one of Finistère's most attractive little towns.

Guerlesquin's shops and restaurants

For a relatively small town, Guerlesquin has a good selection of shops. All the usual suspects are present: boulangeries, charcuteries, a supermarket, craft and gift shops. Local essential services are present too, with several doctors, two primary schools and a secondary school, a bank, post office and a pharmacy. And there are bars, cafés and restaurants to enjoy when you feel like relaxing for a moment.

Discover Guerlesquin's heritage

Guerlesquin's important heritage includes granite houses, built from distinctive local materials and dating from the 16th to 19th centuries. The 17th century jail house is well worth seeing, as is the Ker Aman house, which is notable for its architecture and terrifying dungeons. Religious heritage offers the Church of Saint Trénéan and the Chapels of Saint John and Saint Trémur Modez. The remains of an old convent can also be seen.

Explore the Maison de Tourelles

More signs of history are found in the Maison de Tourelles, which translates to the "Turreted House", and the old grain measuring scales. And, there's more! Guerlesquin has a museum of agricultural machinery and granite market halls from the 19th century. The granite market halls replaced the original wooden version, which was built in the 16th century.

Festivals and markets in Guerlesquin

Guerlesquin is famed for its programme of cultural events and entertainment. Market day which is Monday, is a riot of colour, aroma, music and even Breton dance, making it so much more than just a French market. Other festivities in Guerlesquin include antiques fairs, pony and carriage rides through the town, Mardi Gras celebrations, horse racing and many festivals of dance, song and traditional crafts. There's never a dull moment in Guerlesquin!

Activities and sports on offer

Equestrianism is important to Guerlesquin, and you can enjoy this first hand by riding with the town's riding school or watching horse racing and other equestrian events held locally. At the coast there are all manner of sea and sand sports to be found, including sand buggying, swimming, sailing and surfing. Several golf courses are within reach, with the nearest being at Carhaix Plouager.

Out and about near Guerlesquin

Just near to Guerlesquin there are two impressive menhirs (standing stones) and many lovely walking trails. Then just on the edge of the town there's a lake to enjoy. Once you have explored the town and all it has to offer in the immediate vicinity, it's time to get out and about and discover the countryside of the Monts d'Arrée National Park, which is perfect for picnicking or horse-riding.

Visit the beaches and resort towns

It takes just a short drive to reach the coast. The beaches and resorts of towns like Morlaix and Locquirec invite days spent at the seaside when the weather's good. Brest, while not Brittany's prettiest town, is nevertheless fascinating, with its naval base, Oceanapolis marine research centre, castle and vibrant summer festival.

How to get there

You can fly to Brest, Dinard or Rennes. Brest is served by Flybe; Dinard by Ryanair and Aurigny; and Rennes by Flybe. Or you can travel by ferry to Roscoff or St Malo, the two nearest ferry ports. Caen and Cherbourg are also within reach. If you prefer to travel by train, there's a railway station at Morlaix. Drivers will find Guerlesquin near to the N12, on the D42.

Property prices and availability in and around Guerlesquin

Finistère is a great place to find cheap and bargain property, and that has never been more true than in 2012. This year, sellers are becoming more realistic about pricing their properties. Guerlesquin has some good bargains on offer at the moment. For example, how about buying two houses (and outbuildings) for just 38,500 Euros?

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Guerlesquin AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Guerlesquin?

Guerlesquin is situated in the north-west of France. It lies in the north-east 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: 1,651


Access: By air: Fly to Dinard, Rennes or Brest. By boat: The nearest ferry ports are those of Roscoff and St Malo. By rail: There is a SNCF station at nearby Morlaix. By road: The town lies on the D42, near to the N12 motorway (non toll).


Economy: The economy is a thriving blend of agriculture, small industry and commerce. Tourism is also important.


Interesting fact: Guerlesquin has a full programme of cultural events throughout the summer.

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