Pontivy is located in an undulating area in the Morbihan departement (56), in Brittany . This briight market town is the result of a well-done melting of nature and town. It has indeed several watercourses, greeny areas and an exceptionnal architecture heritage, dating back protohistory and mixing two different times. By buying a property in Pontivy you will enjoy its medieval centre contrasts with the area imagined by Napoleon Bonaparte.
The nearest international airport is in Lorient, with flights to and from Ireland and can be reached in 50 mins. For flights to the UK, the Rennes airport is 95 mins from Pontivy.
You can also reach Pontivy by train: with the TGV to Rennes and then with a local train.
As Pontivy is the central junction of the Nantes-Brest canal, you can take a barge all the way to the Loire and make the most of a wonderful mmoment around the nature. It isn also a pleasure to walk along the riverside promenades, as well as in Pontivy’s twisting old streets. While walking on the surrounding hills, you will enjoy great views over the different landscapes of the area. The city is very greeny, as 40% of the land consists in farmland, 10% in natural areas such as woodland, meadow and moor. In the centre as well, nature and greeny places have been kept, like the Touboulou parc, the Ste Trephine vallon and the numerous gardens.
As for discovering the city’s heritage, the old city centre is an interesting area, with narrow streets, the napoleonian quarter, with wide straight ways, the 18th century St Ivy chapel, the Chateau des Rohanetc. The rest of the city comprises manors, wells, fountains, wash houses, gothic style chapels and churches, all of which being remains of an integrated architecture.
In addition to all the historical monuments in Pontivy, there are a cinema, a night club, a bowling, a library and several other places for culture. Every year, there are several music festivals and events. The city has several sports clubs- football, volley ball and tennis) and has several leg spots on the Tour de France race.
Food and drink
Brittany is renowned for the quality and the variety of its seafood. Shellfish and fish are always excellent. Belon or Concarneau oysters have a great reputation in France. Lobster, crab or langoustines are often served with the rich hot sauce “armoricaine” which is a speciality of Brittany. Try also the famous trout served with white butter ‘beurre blanc’, which is another speciality of Brittany.
The white wine “muscadet sur lie” is the only wine of Brittany with the “gros plant”. Great to drink with seafood.
Don’t forget to taste the other specialties of Bretagne : The “kouing-aman, the “far breton” and the “gateau breton” are delicious with a glass of “chouchen”!
- Creperie La Petite Bretone, 20 rue du Fil 56300 Pontivy €10 to €20
- A l’Abri du Temps, Rue du Meunier – Stival 56300 Pontivy Tel : 02 97 25 74 43 Menu €20 to 30€
Our team of sale advisers at Sextant Properties will be happy to help you to find a property for sale in Pontivy. We have a large network of estate agents near Pontivy. All of them are registered French estate agents and speak both French and English. Whatever kind of property you are looking for: farmhouse, longere, barn, gite, B&B, country house, mill, castle or chateau, we will do our best to find a property in Pontivy matching your requirements.