Paimpol

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Paimpol
Pempoull
The harbor
The harbor
Coat of arms of Paimpol
Coat of arms
Paimpol is located in France
Paimpol
Paimpol
Coordinates: 48°46′43″N 3°02′43″W / 48.7786°N 3.0453°W / 48.7786; -3.0453Coordinates: 48°46′43″N 3°02′43″W / 48.7786°N 3.0453°W / 48.7786; -3.0453
Country France
Region Brittany
Department Côtes-d'Armor
Arrondissement Saint-Brieuc
Canton Paimpol
Intercommunality Paimpol-Goëlo
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Yves de Chaisemartin
Area
 • Land1 23.61 km2 (9.12 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 7,835
 • Population2 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.

Paimpol (Breton: Pempoull) is a commune in the Côtes-d'Armor department in Brittany in northwestern France.

It is a tourist destination, especially during the summer months when people are attracted by its port and beaches.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1793 1,748 —    
1800 1,679 −3.9%
1806 1,849 +10.1%
1821 1,900 +2.8%
1831 2,108 +10.9%
1836 2,012 −4.6%
1841 2,043 +1.5%
1846 2,076 +1.6%
1851 2,136 +2.9%
1856 2,032 −4.9%
1861 2,116 +4.1%
1866 2,166 +2.4%
1872 2,017 −6.9%
1876 2,035 +0.9%
1881 2,363 +16.1%
1886 2,211 −6.4%
1891 2,213 +0.1%
1896 2,473 +11.7%
1901 2,737 +10.7%
1906 2,805 +2.5%
1911 2,873 +2.4%
1921 2,802 −2.5%
1926 2,690 −4.0%
1931 2,671 −0.7%
1936 2,528 −5.4%
1946 2,781 +10.0%
1954 2,795 +0.5%
1962 7,713 +176.0%
1968 7,723 +0.1%
1975 8,176 +5.9%
1982 7,994 −2.2%
1990 7,856 −1.7%
1999 7,932 +1.0%
2008 7,835 −1.2%

Inhabitants of Paimpol are called paimpolais in French.

Breton language[edit]

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.[1]

Transport[edit]

The Gare de Paimpol is connected by trains to Gare de Guingamp with the Paris-Montparnasse - Brest line.

Sights[edit]

Beauport Abbey.

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.

Other places of interest in the area include the Moulin de Craca and Circuit de falaises in Plouézec, as well as Pors-Even and the Tour de Kerroc'h in Ploubazlanec.

Events[edit]

The port

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.[2]

International relations[edit]

The following towns are twinned with Paimpol:

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