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Explore Saint-Brieuc on foot

From our hotel and restaurant

Harbour in Brittany

When you stay at the Breton Western Hotel Le Duguesclin, you’ll not only be able to enjoy top-of-the-range comfort and services, but also a complete immersion in Saint-Brieuc at the very heart of town.  Practically abutting the simultaneously majestic and relaxing Parc des Promenades, the hotel is located just 200 m from the town’s tourist office at the heart of the pedestrian area. From there, you can discover the Saint Etienne Cathedral, one of the few fortified churches in Brittany. A pilgrimage site, the current cathedral is in a Gothic style and was built on swamp land between the 13th and 18th centuries. It’s worth a visit to see just the “Tour Marie” (Mary’s Tower), the altarpiece and the large Cavaillé-Coll organs.

Not far from there on the Place du Lin is the Maison du Ribeault. Built at the end of the 15th century, it is the oldest house in Saint-Brieuc. This imposing building has elevation with projections over the walls and a gable over the street. Its door is decorated with an image of Saint James and his scallop shell, symbols of the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, and plant motifs and masks dot the façade.

What better way could there be better to feel the vibe of an old town than by visiting its large market? You’re in luck, as not far from here is the Saint-Brieuc market. Held on Wednesday and Saturday, it is one of the most important in the region, stretching over the Place de la Résistance, Place de la Grille, Place du Martray, Place du Chai and Rue de la Poissonnerie. As well as fresh seasonal produce, you’ll find local artisan items, clothes and the famous sausage galettes (savoury pancakes) of Saint-Brieuc or Turkish böreks, plus performances by dancers and street singers. The tourist office has created a “tourist map” identifying the major sites of Le Légué pleasure port, which will naturally lead you to the beaches, the Plage des Rosaires and the Plage du Valais! A perfect place in the sun if there ever were one!