20 Most Beautiful French Villages

Locronan is a commune in the Finistère department of Brittany in north-western France. It is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (“The most beautiful villages of France”) association. The village’s name means the “hermitage of Ronan,” from the Breton lok which means hermitage, and after the founder Saint Ronan. It has previously been known as Saint-René-du-Bois. Saint Ronan is greatly venerated in Brittany. He was an Irish Christian missionary of the 6th century who came to the region to teach the people. As his association with Locronan is close, some of his relics are kept in the parish church. Troménie is a pilgrimage festival that includes a large procession, whose participants carry the banners of participating parishes. Held every six years between the second and third Sundays in July, the Grande Troménie is a pilgrimage of about 12 km., traversing the wider sacred area around Locronan. Unmissable places include the following:

  • The Grand’Place, 17th and 18th century granite mansions, and adjacent streets
  • The priory church of Saint-Ronan (15th century)
  • The 15th and 16th century chapel of the Penity (chapelle du Penity)
  • The Saint-Eutrope monumental fountain (17th century)
  • The chapel of Notre-Dame-de-Bonne-Nouvelle (15th to 17th centuries), with stained glass by A. Manessier
  • The Locronan mountain – Plas ar Horn: the chapel of Ar Soñj, splendid views at 289 metres

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