|Motto: Heb Ken|
|Intercommunality||Pays Bigouden Sud|
|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Thierry Mavic|
|Area1||18.21 km2 (7.03 sq mi)|
|• Density||460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||29220 / 29120|
|Elevation||0–37 m (0–121 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.
The self-styled capital of Pays Bigouden (roughly the region between the river Odet and the Bay of Audierne), Pont-l'Abbé was founded in the 14th century by a monk of Loctudy who built the first bridge across the river estuary, hence the name. The same monk also built the first castle.
Inhabitants of Pont-l'Abbé are called in French Pont-l'Abbistes.
The municipality launched a linguistic plan through Ya d'ar brezhoneg on February 2, 2008.
In 2008, 5.08% of primary-school children attended bilingual schools.
The Fête des Brodeuses (Embroideress' Festival) in July is one of Brittany's major traditional gatherings, and includes a Breton Mass at the Notre-Dame des Carmes church.
- Pont-l'Abbé's castle spans the 14th to the 18th centuries. The "wedding" room decorated with Mathurin Méheut pieces of art (Sainte-Marine port), Henri Sollier and Jacques Godin. Once bigger, the castle lose his bulwark during second period of 19th. Today only the bridge, the donjon and a very small part of the bulwark, in the garden nearby remain. The structure now serves as the city hall, housing also the Bigouden Museum, offering a fine collection of costumes and Bigouden head-dresses,
- 'Notre-Dame des Carmes church is very old church (1383-1420) in the Gothic style, with many old statues and a very nice rose window over the high altar that is considered the loveliest in Bretagne.
- 'Lambour' church (13th-16th century) had its roof removed in 1675 in the reign of Louis XIV in reprisal against the "Bonnets Rouges" uprising.
- The Monument aux Bigoudens is a masterpiece in granite by François Bazin (1931) and shows a group of five Bigoudènes in traditional costume from the beginning of 20th century (four women and a child), all of them thinking of a son, a father, a husband or a grandson battling the elements on the high seas.
- The Manoir de Kernuz was restored c. 1850 by the historian of Brittany, Armand du Chatellier.
- The Manoir de Kerazan located between Pont-l'Abbé and Loktudi delivers a fine art of Architecture.
- The Chapell of Treminoù, (the missings in Breton) on the road to St-Jean-Trolimon, celebrates the memory of the Breton insurgents slaughtered by the French army of Ludovicus the 14th. In particular, A gathering on the last week of September and a funfair festival in the City recalls this period of Brittany's History.
- A few Menhirs stand still in different parts of the city.
- Down to the river till the sea, lies a ria, having given its name to Loktudi (Loch Tudi, the lagoon of Saint Tudi) and Isle Tudi, which shares some beautiful eyesights.
Pont-l'Abbé is twinned with:
Pont L'Abbe is also twinned with Bantry in Co. Cork, Ireland
- Vincent Riou, a yacht race Sailor who distinguished himself at Vendée Globe Challenge 2004-2005 (1st) and 2008-2009 (3rd) with act of bravery, saving Jean Le Cam's Life, sinking near of Cape Horn.
- Jérôme Kerviel, the trader formerly with Société Générale in Paris that was linked with losses of approximately €4.9 billion (US$7.16 billion) stemming from fraudulent equity index futures trading, grew up in Pont-l'Abbé.
- (French) Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue
- Mayors of Finistère Association (French)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Pont-l'Abbé.|
- Official website (French)
- Official Pont-l'Abbé Tourism site
- Bigouden Museum of Pont-l'Abbé (French)
- Ar Triskell, Cultures' House of Pont-l'Abbé (French)
- French Ministry of Culture list for Pont-l'Abbé (French)