Morlaix Travel Guide

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Morlaix is a town of approx. 16000 inhabitants in Brittany, close to the coast.

It has good rail links with Rennes, Brest and the ferry port of Roscoff.

One of its main features is a large rail viaduct spanning the valley.  It was built in 1861-63 using a type of pink granite, by an engineer named Fenoux as part of the Paris to Brest railway project.  At 62 metres in height it towers over the rooftops.  It was attacked by the RAF in 1943 with a whole squadron of Boston bombers, but it didn't budge.

It's worth searching through the narrow winding streets, pavement cafes and half timbered buildings to find the excellent Saturday market at the Place de Salvador Allende.  You will find local fruit and veg, a huge range of fish and crustaceans some of which are still alive, sausages and meat both fresh and cooked including whole chickens roasting in front of big vertical grills, and a wide variety of cheeses, bread, honey and fancy cakes.


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