Briec is a town of Finistère department, in Brittany region. It is located in the middle of Cornouaille area, which brings 95 villages of South Finistere together. Briec is crossed by two rivers: Odet and Steir.
By car, Briec is 16km from Quimper via the RN165 road.
Buses provide connection from Quimper and Morlaix.
The closest airport is Quimper Cornouaille in Pluguffan (26km).
As for railway services, Quimper is the closest train station.
Briec comes from the Gallo Roman name Brithiacum; it then evolved to Brithiac in the 11th century, Briziac in 1650, and finally Briec. Briec’s prosperous economy was due to the breeding of horses called “double bidets”. The town suffered a rebellion against the tax system (Révolte du Papier Timbré) in 1675 and the revolt of the Chouans (royalist rebels).
Briec has numerous religious buildings to visit such as la Chapelle Notre Dame d’Illijour made of schist, slate and granite, Chapelle Saint Sebastien, Chapelle Sainte Cécile which is the only church dedicated to the patron saint of music in Finistère, Chapelle Saint Venec with its 12 apostles statues and 16th century fountain, among many others.
Château de Trohanet consists of one 17th century part and one 18th century part. Its landscaped park was created by the Bulher brothers.
Briec offers many hiking routes.
Also, the market takes place every Friday morning (only food) and the first Tuesday of every month.
Food and Drink
Brittany artichoke (Camus de Bretagne), served from the 16th century onwards, is steamed and eaten with vinaigrette, butter sauce, or béchamel.
The Cornouaille cider was granted the AOC label in 1996. It is made from Brittany’s apples such as Kermerrien, Douce Moën, Douce Coetligne, Guillevic…
The Brittany lobsters were already very popular in the 17th century. Fishermen go fishing lobsters from June to September. It is grilled or flambé.
Belon Oysters are the only one to be kept in estuary. The combination of fresh and sea water gives the oysters their nuts flavour.
Kouign Amann is a pastry made of flour, sugar, butter. Each region of Brittany has a different version of it and it is well-known that it is difficult to make a good Kouign Amann.
- LES FLEURS D’AJONC, crêperie. 10 Grand Place, 29510, Briec. Tel: 02.29.40.18.47
- AU CHAUDRON GLAZIK. ZI des Pays Bas, 29510, Briec. Tel : 02.29.40.16.02
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