The Harbourmaster and his colleagues speak very good English and are very welcoming and helpful. They normally meet you in their little boat just inside the lock gates.
The lock gates open for through passage (free flow) up to 1 hour before high tide (depending on whether spring or neap) and they close at High water and become lock gates again.
They said they can normally find people a berth for their boat except for mid July to mid August when boats may have to raft up.
2016 brochure with useful information – Paimpol
Marina Opening Times
Contact information –
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org… – they are quite good at replying unlike most marinas
Guide du Port
Visited during the last week of May 2014. The fair was on. It is a big fair with large and quite professional attractions. It opens at 2pm and by 8pm is still very quiet, however after that it starts getting really busy. The Marina staff told us the fair was from 2pm until 11pm but they were wrong. On 2 nights running it finished at 1am the following morning. That really is too late. The fair takes up much of the area including the whole of the pier to the Capitanerie – so there is no way of avoiding it. The only good thing is the Marina charges winter rates while the fair is on due to the inconvenience.
The Marina office was hardly open in late May, so you need to ensure you have your card to get in to the facilities. More cards would have been useful.
The WiFi is very disappointing. One of the only marinas in Northern Brittany not to provide free wifi. It is not even available in the Capitanerie.
Recent report from a visitor
We arrived at Paimpol on Sunday 5 July 2013 and stayed for 3 nights.
Once we had passed through the lock we were met by a smiling/friendly chap in his dorey who asked us how many nights we were staying. The normal visitors section in Basin 2 was full but after he had popped into the office he lead us to a locals berth in Basin 1 which was ideally placed on the outside of the first Pontoon (‘L’).
Once that resource is used up there is a long pontoon on the west side of Basin 1 – below is a photograph which shows probably less than half its length
And a Marinas.com… picture which shows 3 power & 3 sail tied up on the pontoon with plenty of space for other boats to raft up although availability of electricity may be a problem.
Pontoon M has been added in 2013 and provides additional space. It is along side the wall at the Southern end of Basin 1
Incidentally, there was a display in the Marina Office of plans to move the lock to the Harbour entrance & construct another marina inside.
There is sometimes a big fair on in Paimpol. If you do not like loud booming music, it may be best to avoid Paimpol during these times. Last report of a fair was in May 2012.
Quite a nice beach with a sea water swimming pool just past the L’Ecluse restaurant.
Visit www.paimpol-goelo.com… for further information
*** La Vieille Tour: Tel 2 96 20 83 18. Wonderful cuisine slightly “nouvelle “ with good service and wine list. Reservation essential.
** Le Marché dans l’Assiette: Tel 2 96 55 15 90. Rue des Huit Patriotes. Speciality oxtail à l’ardoise. All fresh food with good service.
*** are based on value for money, good service and cuisine – with thanks to ©Stan Cleal
There are lots of restaurants along the marina
The area near the restaurants has been modernised for 2013 – looks good
Great location with heaters under the canopy. Popular. Limited and strange menu but food was good. Reservations normally from 7:30pm and many people come later. A nice hotel
Ty Krampouz – Good variety of food. Excellent crepes and galletes but also a range of normal restaurant plates. Price was reasonable and service was good. Popular place in the main square.
Had lunch there in 2014. Good service and food. Moules mariniere has a lot of onion.
We had a meal there for 55 people and they did us proud. Pre dinner drinks in the bar next door and Gisele and her team looked after us very well.
Food and wine were very good
There was one to the south of Basin 1 but now appears to be open again (May 2014). There is a good boulangerie in the old square just behind the Restaurant du Port.
The best one, with amazing pasteries is towards the Information Bureau and on the left. Amazing!
Some good and interesting shops as well
Ile de Brehats
See the following link