Explore Ancient France: Locronan
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Located near the tip of the Brittany peninsula in northwestern France, Locronan is one of the region's most spectacular villages.
When you set foot on the cobblestone streets, it's no stretch to say that you are truly stepping back in time. What's exceptional about Locronan is that its exquisite medieval architecture has been so well preserved, making it the perfect escape into history. Most of the ancient stone buildings are still intact and now open to guests as restaurants, hotels and shops. The heart of the village is closed to traffic and they've even gone so far as to hide all electrical wires to preserve the authenticity of the town...
In fact, Locronan's alluring charm makes it the setting for many historical films and tv series such as "The Three Muskateers" starring Gerard Depardieu.
Built on the foot of a hill, most of the town's buildings are made of granite. Vibrant bursts of colourful flowers create a picture-perfect contrast.
Locronan became prosperous in the 15th century because of a local crop that thrived there-- Hemp. This was used for weaving cloths, to make sails for tall ships, and was sold around the world.
Be sure to visit the striking St. Ronan church, named after the town's founder. Saint Ronan was an Irish hermit and pilgrim of the 6th century. It's said he even taught the townspeople the art of weaving. Built in the 1400's, the church is filled with statues and carvings depicting Saint Ronan's life and beautiful stained glass windows.
Strolling outside, you'll find many quaint shops and restaurants. Stop at one of the many creperies to sip a glass of cider, or taste a world-famous crepe of your choice.
And don't forget to take home some local crafts like handblown glass, leather handbags, wood carvings and art. Of course, no shopping trip would be complete without some sailor-inspired fashions, worn all over French Brittany.
So if you're travelling France, travel back in time with a visit to Locronan.