|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Jean-Yves de Chaisemartin|
|Area1||23.61 km2 (9.12 sq mi)|
|• Density||330/km2 (860/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||22162 / 22500|
|Elevation||0–86 m (0–282 ft)|
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
It is a tourist destination, especially during the summer months when people are attracted by its port and beaches.
Inhabitants of Paimpol are called paimpolais in French.
The municipality launched a linguistic plan through Ya d'ar brezhoneg on 29 September 2008.
In 2008, 11.8% of primary school children attended bilingual schools.
Blue and white striped-jumpers are immediately visible in the streets and are seen to reflect not only their pride in all things to do with the sea, but also in their région, Brittany.
The town centre leads from the port down to the coast, through cobbled streets filled with restaurants, cafés and bars. The town centre includes the Quartier Latin. It was at La place du Martray that Pierre Loti chose to put the house of Gaud, the heroine of his novel Pêcheur d'Islande. The attractions of the town are also a major theme of Guy Ropartz's opera Le Pays and Théodore Botrel's song La Paimpolaise.
Other popular tourist sights include: the Abbaye de Beauport dating back to 1202, and the chapels of Lanvignec, Ste Barbe and Kergrist. L'île de Bréhat is a rocky archipelago 10 minutes by ferry from the coast next to Paimpol. It is made up of two large islands connected by a bridge, and numerous smaller ones.
The Monument to Théodore Botrel in Paimpol is by Pierre Charles Lenoir
The monument aux morts has sculpture by André César Vermare
Tourists are well catered for with regular events such as the Tuesday morning street market, night-markets, and "Mardi du port" - where tourists can enjoy diverse world music beside the port.
Paimpol is also home to the bi-annual "Fête des chants de marin" (sea shanty festival) which attracts thousands of visitors over three days in August. The most recent occurrence took place on 12–14 August 2011. The next one will be 9–11 August 2013.
The following towns are twinned with Paimpol:
- (French) Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue
- "Festival du Chant de Marin (Sea shanty festival) – Paimpol: 9-11 August 2013". Retrieved 25 October 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Paimpol.|
- Official website (French)
- Sea shanty festival 2011 (English) (French)
- Paimpol.net (French)
- French Ministry of Culture list for Paimpol (French)