Nestling at the bottom of the deep valley foothills of the Monts d’Arrée mountains. Morlaix is a good-looking town, with art and history. A uniquely narrow centre filled with its famous half-timbered houses, all overlooked by the towering Viaduct, a truly astonishing sight.
I’ve visited Morlaix a few times now over the years and it’s always a nice stop. It was a shame that when I was here with the 360 camera it was a dull overcast day. There isn’t a whole load of things to do here, unless you like sports or shopping around the market, enjoying a beer and admire the views. The one thing I would like to find the time to do is go up onto that huge viaduct, with the views up there I imagine the shots with the 360 camera would be amazing.
Morlaix (pronunciation More-lay) The main square in the centre is lined with timbered houses and is named “hostage Square” in memory of the 60 hostages taken by the German army in December 1943 and deported to Buchenwald.
- The viaduct straddles the historic heart of Morlaix, and its roadway spans 292 metres, with a height of 62 metres. This structure has been the symbol of the city for over 150 years.
- The bandstand was built in 1903.
- The sixteenth-century La Maison dite de la duchesse Anne, or the Duchess Anne’s house, a museum open to the public, is said to be one of the oldest in the town.
- The tidal river almost completely dries out at low tide and reaches the town where there is a lock into a marina.
- Morlaix is twinned with Truro, Cornwall, United Kingdom, the Truro Morlaix Twinning Association was created in 1979.
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Drive past the harbour to the characteristic viaduct of the cityscape, where you can park your car in one of the central parking lots that start far in front of the viaduct and reach the town hall. From here you can explore the city on foot.
- Coastal paths.
- Chateau du Taureau (Historical fort, 1 hour boat trip).
- la Maison dite de la duchesse Anne (Duchess Anne’s house Museum, said to be one of the oldest houses in the town).
- Phare de L’île Vierge (France’s tallest lighthouse, few hours boat trip).
- Shopping around the Saturday markets.
- Sports (kayaking, sand buggying and kite flying).
- Viaduct, you can get to the first level overlooking the city.
I’ve only spent a few hours here at a time passing through and haven’t always stopped to eat.
- La Terrasse (enjoyed a good breakfast here)