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Pleyben - a market town with a famous church

Pleyben which lies in the Finsistère department of Brittany in the north-west of France, is a lovely small market town which is home to a notable church. The town is set in unspoiled countryside, typical of Finistère, and lies inland yet just over half an hour from the beaches and the sea. Pleyben is a very Breton town, proud of its heritage and history. It extends a warm welcome to visitors who want to break away from the crowds who think only of the beaches, and are delighted to help them to discover the "real" Finistère.

Visit Pleyben's religious buildings and festival

Pleyben is famed for its wonderful church with an impressive, cathedral-like interior, and also for its beautifully preserved six chapels. The town, in keeping with its high profile religious buildings, holds the traditional religious festival of the "pardon" every year, involving church services, processions and much feasting! The church, Saint Germain, has many important features, and offers expert guided tours during the summer months.

Well equipped town offering all amenities

During the summer the Heritage House in the town hosts numerous exhibitions too, so if you like art and photography, this could be an interesting place to visit. Pleyben is well equipped with all the usual services and amenities, which include boulangeries, supermarkets, hairdressers, garages, banks, doctors, dentists, pharmacies, schools and a library. The town has no shortage of shops, bars and restaurants too where you can enjoy the best of local fare.

Chocolate lovers will be in heaven!

Don't miss the Chocolaterie Chatillon, which is most famous for its florentines, these being biscuits made of honey, almonds, orange and chocolate. You can visit the factory and see how the chocolate and associated products are made, and even sample a few local specialities!

Out and about

Finistère is a wild and beautiful department, full of mysteries and legends, historical places and long held traditions. Although Pleyben lies right in the heart of the department, it is just over half and hour from the sea, and there are endless beautiful beaches and lively towns to find there.

Explore picturesque Douarnenez and vibrant Crozon

One of the best of these is Douarnenez, where picturesque charm of the town combines with the stunning and dramatic coast. Crozon, on the peninsula is lovely too, a really vibrant seaside town with old fashioned values! Quimper is always worth a visit, with a mediaeval quarter as well as all mod cons in the newer parts of town.

Sports on offer

Those who enjoy being active will find endless opportunities to indulge in their favourite sports in the locality, with golf, fishing, swimming, walking, cycling, horse-riding and much more on offer.

How to get there

To travel by air to Pleyben you can fly to Dinard or Brest direct from the UK. Dinard is served by Aurigny and Ryanair, while Brest is served by Flybe and Ryanair. If you prefer the ferry, the ports of Roscoff and St Malo are served by the excellent Brittany Ferries, while the other northern ferry ports are all within a straightforward drive of Pleyben. Drivers can access the town from the N164, then the D785.

Property prices and availability in and around Pleyben

If you are seeking a property in Brittany but the budget is tight, then Finistère, particularly inland areas of the department such as Pleyben, is the best place to look. Property can still be found here at very reasonable prices, despite the deserved popularity of the region as a whole.

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Pleyben AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Pleyben?

Pleyben is located in the north-west of France. It lies in the centre 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: 3,397


Access: By air: Fly to Dinard or Brest By ferry: Travel to Roscoff or St Malo, or to any of the other northern ferry ports. By road: The town is found on the D785, accessed from the N164.


Economy: The economy is based on agriculture and commerce.


Interesting fact: The traditional "pardon" religious festival is held in the chapels and the streets of Pleyben every year.


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