Welcome to Pont-Aven
Breton villages don't come much prettier than Pont-Aven, a former port and mill town cradled at the end of a wooded creek about 20km east of Concarneau. In the 19th century, its charms were discovered by artists. American painters were among the first to uncover it, but things really took off when France's Paul Gauguin and Émile Bernard set up a colony here in the 1850s and captured the beauty of the little village and the surrounding countryside.
Since the 1960s, Pont-Aven has again become a magnet for artists seeking fresh air and country inspiration. Today there are over 60 galleries around town.