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Châteauneuf du Faou - a picture postcard setting

Châteauneuf du Faou, an historic and lively market town in the Finistère department in north-western Brittany, has a picture postcard setting on a hill rising from the Nantes-Brest Canal, backed by the Montagnes Noires. It is a designated "Green Station", meaning that unspoilt countryside is guaranteed, along with opportunities for many natural, outdoor sports and activities.

Authentic and picturesque

Châteauneuf du Faou has a lively atmosphere, although it is quite unspoilt and very authentically Breton and picturesque. The town has a long and sometimes turbulent history, with archaeological evidence pointing to the fact that there have been settlements around the site since prehistoric times. Sights to take in include the Chapel Notre Dame of the Doors, the Chapel of the Moustoir, the Church of Saint Julien (which boasts some wonderful artwork by Paul Sérusier) and the 17th century "Bridge of Kings".

Enjoy shopping, wining and dining in Châteauneuf du Faou

Daily life is bustling, and you can find all the usual shops, supermarkets and services within the town itself. Market day is Wednesday, and in the warm, summer months there is the additional bonus of regular Farmers' Markets, emphasising the agricultural traditions of the town and its environs. Châteauneuf du Faou is also well equipped with cafés, bars and restaurants, so popping out for a leisurely lunch or a glass or two with friends is always an option.

Cultural events include festivals and firework displays

Like most French towns, Châteauneuf du Faou loves to party, and among the best of its cultural events are the Easter Sunday folklore festival, Printemps de Châteauneuf and the spectacular firework display held at the end of August. There is a thriving jazz scene here too (concerts held every month in the Bar Tal ar Pont), with a big Jazz Festival held on the banks of the River Aulne every summer at the end of July. (Brittany Ferries organise special packages for the festival.)

Learn to fish at the town's fishing school

The location of Châteauneuf du Faou, on the side of the Nantes-Brest Canal, makes it a perfect base for enjoying walking, cycling and horse-riding, as well for enjoying as a little sight seeing of the area by boat. Fishing too, is very popular, and you can learn more about this age old sport at an excellent fishing school here.

Out and about

Days out could take you to the beautiful beaches of Finistère, where you can possibly even find yourself the only soul there, such a relief from the over touristy beaches of many better known parts of France! If you prefer to visit the livelier resorts, try Douarnenez or Crozon, both of which have well developed tourist amenities and entertainment. Towns to explore might include Quimper, a wonderful mediaeval town and a great centre of Breton culture, or Brest, whose slightly unprepossessing appearance belies its fascinating nature.

How to get there

You can fly direct from the UK to either Brest, Dinard or Rennes. Brest is served by Ryanair and Flybe, Dinard by Ryanair and Rennes by Flybe. You can also sail to Roscoff or St Malo, or if the train is your preferred method of transport, take a train to Carhaix. Drivers will find Châteauneuf du Faou from the N164.

Property prices and availability in and around Châteauneuf du Faou

Finistère offers the lowest prices of all the Breton departments, and this is even more true of the inland of the department where Châteauneuf du Faou is found. Bargain property and an idyllic location? What are you waiting for?

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Châteauneuf du Faou AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Châteauneuf du Faou?

Châteauneuf du Faou is located in the west of France, in the east of the Finistère department.

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Population: 3,595

Access: By air: Fly to Brest, Dinard or Rennes. By boat: You can travel by ferry to St Malo or Roscoff. By road: The N164 is the nearest major road.

Economy: The economy is largely agricultural, with a market and commerce in the town.

Interesting fact: The traditional "Pardon" festival that takes place in the town is one of the most important in Brittany.

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