The Blue Door of Locronan

Locronan is a town in the Finistère region of Brittany in north-western France.  Locronan is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (The Most Beautiful Villages) association, one of only six in Brittany.  We were driving from the very western tip of Brittany down to Quimper and decided to stop and check it out.

The town is quite popular with tourists and has narrow streets, so you aren’t allowed to drive in.  You can park at either end of town, and then walk in.  It’s only a few hundred meters from the parking to the center of town.  Locronan is a rather small town of around 800 inhabitants, and was given town status around 1500, though the town is considerably older than that.  The town produced hemp, which was used in the rigging of many of the ships that operated from Brittany.

Cobbled streets are lined with ancient stone buildings.  Many have gardens with beautiful flowers, in particular, hydrangeas.  Many of the Breton doors are painted blue, which makes for wonderful photos.  I was on the hunt for good door photos as we wandered through the town.  I have always liked photographing doors, and they seem to resonate with others as well.

This one is perhaps my favorite — a striking blue door with green foliage and yellow flowers.  I’m sorry to say I don’t know what kind of flowers they are, but the color combination really works for me.

The Blue Door of Locronan

The Blue Door of Locronan


I have a few more door photos from Locronan that I’ll probably share in the future.  My dream door — a blue door surrounded with hydrangeas with a cat or dog sitting in front didn’t materialize, unfortunately, though I certainly was keeping my eyes open.


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