Marina Opening Times – 2019
www.port-plaisance-paimpol.fr/…

We heard 2nd hand that the lock frequency has been reduced in order to save water in the marina. Please be prepared for delays and lots of boats in the lock.

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Picture by marinas.com

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Approach to Paimpol – it is well marked but do not stray outside of the marks when the tide is marginal

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As you go around the harbour breakwater, the lock comes into view. It may be open before high tide

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4 hours later an the tide has gone out over a mile. Watch for the poles – there are rocks underneath

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The approach to Paimpol marina – at low tide

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The marina gates

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The 2 areas with the Capitainerie in the middle. View as you enter the marina

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We moored in the East marina as instructed. Very quiet and convenient

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The Capitainerie

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The lock gates from inside the marina

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.

Videos

Entering the lock gates is fairly straightforward – see youtu.be/71UwziGDsc8

Once you are through the lock gates – there is a passage to the left of the marina building or pontoons on your right.

Marina Opening Times
www.port-plaisance-paimpol.fr/…

The lock gate opens on demand within the published hours. The lock gates do go on “free flow” if the tide is high enough. We understand they go back to lock gates at HW.

Pilot Guide

Contact information –
E-mail port-plaisance@ville-paimpol.f… – they are very good and quick at replying

Tides
tide.frbateaux.net/62

Guide du Port

www.guide-du-port.com/port-pai…

Map
www.port-plaisance-paimpol.fr/…

Weather

marine.meteoconsult.fr/meteo-m…

When you pay at the marina office, they swipe the magnetic strip on your credit card and this is then used to access the facilities when the marina office is closed. There are doors to access the facilities from the marina office area, but outside of these hours, you go to the opposite side of the building (East) and there are doors for access. You swipe your card using the magnetic strip and the top of the card facing to the left. Swipe slowly otherwise it will not work.

Wifi was rather weak. The office gives you a free code.

2014 report

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 2 pm and by 8 pm is still very quiet, however, after that, it starts getting really busy. The Marina staff told us the fair was from 2 pm until 11 pm but they were wrong. On 2 nights running, it finished at 1 am 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.

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Long pontoon on the west side of the basin – picture by Phil Ball

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 the availability of electricity may be a problem.

Pontoon M has been added in 2013 and provides additional space. It is alongside the wall at the Southern end of Basin 1, although in 2019 seems to have local boats.

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Pontoon M

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The Marina – copyright www.marinas.com

Webcam – www.viewsurf.com/univers/plage…

Beach

Quite a nice beach with a seawater swimming pool just past the L’Ecluse restaurant.

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Restaurants

PAIMPOL

www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant…

Visit www.paimpol-goelo.com  for further information

Le Neptune restaurant
Great report received in September 2018 for the Neptune restaurant adjacent to the marina, reported as the best restaurant for the quality of food and service, by far in Paimpol. Thanks Andy

There are lots of restaurants along the marina

Boulangerie

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. We tried the boulangerie by the Tourist Information. Amazing cakes but the croissants and pain au chocolate were really flakey and a bit too crisp.

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Market day
Tuesday

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This one will be of interest you

Some good and interesting shops as well

Ile de Brehats
See the following link

To get to the Ile de Brehats or to travel along the coast – the Tibus provides a cost-effective service – www.tibus.fr/

The English version can be found at www.tibus.fr/presentation/?rub…

A useful plan of the routes – www.tibus.fr/plan/popup.asp

Weather
www.meteoconsult.fr/mar/port/a…

www.meteoconsult.fr/ter/france……