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Guingamp town guide

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Visitors exploring the delightful and gentle countryside of Northern Brittany by hire car will discover Guingamp a few miles inland on the road between St Brieuc and Morlaix. This area has a reputation for its spirituality, rather like the Celtic areas of South West England, and Guingamp is a place favoured by such groups as the druids.

The town prides itself on being very much a country place, there are numerous activities for those who enjoy the outdoor life. This is a great area to explore not only with your hire car, but perhaps by bicycle or even on horseback. Like most of the towns in this area there are ramparts that date from medieval times to be explored. The Basilique Notre dame de Bon Secours has parts dating from earliest times to a rebuild in 1935, it provides the sanctuary for the Black Virgin which is processed through the city on the evening of the first Saturday in July.

Before setting off again in your hire car, relax in the Place du Centre with a drink, try a bowl of the local cider, or a meal. In this square is the Plomee, a sculpted fountain dedicated to Ana who is apparently a goddess of the sea. The first fountain was built in the fifteenth century and rebuilt in 1745 by the sculptor Corlay.

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