Explore Pont-Aven Map and City Guide is an application to facilitate your visit, stay and discovery of Pont-Aven. You can search, find and discover places, companies and businesses around you.
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Since Explore Pont-Aven is a "Find Places Around Me" mobile application, you should use it while visiting Pont-Aven. If you want to try it from your current location, you can always install a "Fake GPS" app and setup your new location in the city of Pont-Aven.
East of Concarneau, Pont-Aven is best known for its association with the post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin. This attractive little village also has some lovely riverside walks, a mouth-watering food speciality and a colourful summer festival.
Until the mid-19th century, Pont-Aven, named after the river that runs through it, was known for its mills and its port. With the advent of the railways along came tourism and in the 1860s some American painters discovered the village. Word spread throughout the artistic community about its merits and in 1886 Paul Gauguin arrived for the first of several stays; in 1888 he met fellow artist Émile Bernard and the École de Pont-Aven art movement, which focused on colour and symbolism, was born.
Pont-Aven has some very nice clothes and food shops and no visit would be complete without buying some galettes from Biscuiterie Traou Mad, where these butter biscuits (not pancakes) were invented in 1920.
The village is particularly lively on 1 August when the Fête des Fleurs d’Ajoncs (gorse flower festival) takes place; there’s Breton music and dancing plus regional food specialities and locals in traditional costume – the Pont-Aven dresses and hats are regarded as Brittany’s most attractive.
Enjoy your visit and stay in Pont-Aven !