Lannion is a bustling town set in the department of Cotes d’Armor in the mid-north coast of Brittany.
It has good road links and there is a local railway which links to Plouaret, and then offers choices to to travel to the west or east of Brittany. There is also an airport, the Cote de Granit airport which has been enlarged in recent times, but doesn’t offer any British flights.
You can, however, be in Paris in an hour.
The town center is comprehensive, there are plenty of restaurants, shops and hotels in Lannion, together with general commerce and a cinema.
I stayed at the Cerise Hotel in Lannion, which although cheap was clean and functional, and was in a good location just off the town center and nearly opposite a great brasserie which served excellent food.
A huge car park nestles next to the Leguer river, within which is sited the Lannion tourist office, the Orange shop together with the main post office. Car parking is cheap, starting at around 10 cents.
I strongly recommend popping into the tourist office, if you are spending more than a day in the area, they are extraordinarily helpful and will load you up with maps, leaflets and information about Lannion that you would find to get elsewhere. You can hire one of their bicycles which are motor assisted for as little as 5 euros for half a day, or 10 euros for the whole day.
I spent a very interesting 20 minutes chatting to Rolf, the manager of the tourist office, who gave some very in-depth advice on moving to Brittany, the pro’s and con’s and a whole lot more which I in turn will pass on in the content of this website. Rolf is Dutch and speaks 5 languages, which is useful considering his career.
Lannion is an interesting and historical town, comprising of cobble-stoned alleyways, half-timbered houses, together with new modern essential shops, overlooked by the Church of Brelevenez.
154 steps will take you breathlessly to this church, where you can enjoy the views of the town below. I didn’t physically count the steps when I visited the Church of Brelevenez, and besides some of the steps nearer the bottom aren’t actually steps any more, they have been worn flat by time and countless feet.
If you enjoy looking at the interiors of churches then please enjoy these pictures of the Church of Brelevenez together with Lannion’s other church: the Eglise Saint-Jean-du Baly, which is situated in are far more conventional location just off the main car park in Lannion’s town centre.
There is an interesting crypt in the Church of Brelevenez which houses a depiction of Christ surrounded by his followers and disciples. There figures are life size and I managed to get some sneaky photos whilst I was there. See images of the Eglise de Brelevenez
To the west of Lannion are a couple of beaches, and you can choose from the beach at Beg Leguer where there is parking, beach side restaurant and public toilets, or you can opt for the beach at Plage de-Mez-
an-Aod which is smaller but has a more natural feel, with rocks surrounding the sand. In addition there is a thick line of rocks which divide the beach in two allowing extra privacy to sun worshipers if required. Unfortunately there is no restaurant or toilets at Plage de-Mez-an-Aod however the beach at Beg Leguer is only a couple of minutes drive.
In addition there are footpaths above the beach, ideal for dog walking or just a stroll. Parking is also available.