The coastal town of Ploemeur in the Morbihan!

Yesterday was a busy day as usually is in my jolie Morbihan Breton, and of course Sunday is usually a day of rest, the gang is doing a homemade Paella from ingredients purchase at Ploemeur . Oh yes still cloudy here rain on and off and temps at 6C or about 43F.

So I will tell you today about Ploemeur a coastal town in my Morbihan very close to me. I have passed by there and done some wrap up on the Morbihan posts but never really walk around like yesterday. So much to see here and all wonderful I keep telling you ….::)

We went off the N165 to Ploemeur and took a ride by the little airport that already receive big planes at about 9 kms from Lorient and a mix use of civil and military. The naval base of Lann-Bihoué is here too since 1938. Big parking spaces one terminal ,one entry for arrival and one for departures. on the D163 follow the signs of Lann Bihoué.webpage: https://www.lorient.aeroport.fr/en

Let’s start with the city page on their heritage, who better to tell you. These are some of the natural things to see in town or around it, I must say the Point de Talud and the Atlantic Wall (WWII) are very worth seeing. Here is more: https://www.ploemeur.com/decouvrir/a-voir/?lang=en

The beauty is to go along the coast on the D306 and see the beaches such as Plage du Fort Bloqué ( 1 900 meters long), many menhirs or stones, and chapels, as well very nice quaint city center. Also, beaches at Kaolin, Peréllo, Port Fontaine,  Anse du Stole,Kerpape, Kerroch and Lomener. What most people at least in my area come here for ,are the beaches / plages in season of course. they are wonderful and if here around July-August they are very much worth visiting. Fort Bloqué built between 1747 and 1758 after the English invasion of 1746, and it was integrated into the fortification network defending Lorient. During WWII it was part of the Atlantic wall done by the Nazis. Fort Bloqué with the fortress right in front of you out to sea is very nice, as well as the  Kaolins.  Although with small children, the one at L’anse du stole in nearby village of Lomener is very nice too. more here: https://www.ploemeur.com/decouvrir/les-plages/?lang=en

More on Fort Bloqué from the Lorient South Bretagne tourist office: https://www.lorientbretagnesudtourisme.fr/fr/immanquables/ploemeur/fort-bloque-keragan/

The area tourist office of Lorient-South Brittany has more on this region and the town of Ploemeur  https://www.lorientbretagnesudtourisme.fr/fr/immanquables/ploemeur/informations/

Like , I said, we live very close and we do walks around these towns on the weekends when we are not away so far we have seen hundreds but many more hundreds to see lol!

Ploemeur has a very picturesque city center with shops around the Place de l’Eglise and their main Church of St Peter or église Saint Pierre.

Here the first known Church dates from 1037! It has been renovated for centuries, and now has un grand nave with seven transepts, and a choir flat; between the nave and the choir there is a triomphe arch redone in the 16C with two columns from the 11C  wrap with leaves, animals etc and are the only remains of the Romanesque Church . The nave was rebuilt in the 18C with large arcades. The choir of which behind lies the sacristy was done in 1729. The bell on the western tower began in 1686 with the porch and door has a Latin inscription meaning ” began according to the wishes of the parishioners on June 1st 1686″. The south porch is from the 18C.  The parish site tells you more in French here: http://paroisseploemeur.fr/eglise-st-pierre-aux-liens/

Inside, you have a pretty good size nave with a simple altar, a side prayer chapel and an upper sitting chapel to view the altar from above. The additional worth coming here, is that it is in the middle of the shopping area of Ploemeur with plenty to see, eat and buy lol!!!

The story of the Church square or Place de l’église is interesting. The Church  area was becoming small so in 1846 it was surrounded by a square , initially to be called Market square but then change to Church square. Early in the 20C a water pump was installed providing water to the residents . There is an original memorial to the fallen of WWI . In the 1950’s the area served as fruit stands were set up to direct sales to the public.  Renovations in 2005 took away the water pump and now there is a fountain set up there. The north side of the Church was destroyed by allied bombings in 1943, and rebuilt.

As we continue our walk, all around the Church St Peter’s ,we thinking of doing a paella what better way than to buy fresh ingredients from a coastal town on a reputable fish shop that everybody there seems to know each other!  This w did our fish whiting, shrimps, scallops, and clams!!! loaded home and now cooking ,can’t wait ::)  Ah the place Aux  Délices de l’Océan ! and they even have a webpage here: http://www.poissonnerie-ploemeur.fr/#vos-magasins

And to complement, a bit over 50 meters we came to the other delicacy we cannot be without the chocolates so we shopped at Les Délices d’Anvers , stores at several places and known to us of very good Belgian chocolates (Anvers is the French way for Antwerpen, the flemish). Here we got a 500 grms box and a stick of sweet dry fruits delicious  as always! More here with all their branches a bit down is Ploemeur; http://www.delicesdanvers.fr/magasins.php

For the geographical curious the town of Ploemeur is surrounded by the towns of Lorient, Larmor-Plage, Guidel, and Quéven for which I have written posts before. It has 17 km or about 10 miles of sea front . The name comes from Breton language meaning a grand parish as in one time it was the largest in the area given away slowly to the other adjacent town as far late as 1925.  The town and area has great concentration of mineral kaolin still today.

In all a nice coastal town to visit and smell that sea! Until next time in my jolie Morbihan , have a great Sunday y’all ::) Cheers!

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One Comment to “The coastal town of Ploemeur in the Morbihan!”

  1. Paella and chocolates! Well, life just can’t get any better! Enjoy!

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