Three Enchanting Breton Villages


The Breton villages we most enjoyed on our trip were Commana, Moncontour and Ploumanac’h.

We visited Commana, a remote place in the wild empty moors at the heart of Brittany, on our way from Plomodiern to Roscoff. The beautiful granite church of Saint-Derrien in the heart of Commana is a masterpiece of Breton Renaissance art, with a magnificent altarpiece dedicated to Saint Anne. Near Saint-Brieuc, Moncontour, officially designated as “one of the most beautiful villages in France,” is a huddle of medieval stone houses built around a church perched on a steep hill with strategic views over the surrounding countryside. When it comes to picturesque seaside villages, Brittany is well-supplied, but Ploumanac’h near Trébeurden is an especially charming community of working fishermen.

Saint-Derrien church and cemetery in the heart of Commana - © Moreau Henri / Wikimedia
Medieval stone houses in Moncontour - © RolfSt/iStock/Thinkstock
Ploumanac’h lighthouse on the Pink Granite Coast - © hardyuno/iStock/Thinkstock
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