Paimpol is a lovely port. The approach to the marina is interesting once you pass Ile de Brehats and turn west. The passage between the buoys get narrower and narrower and then you have the fairly large lock to pass through.
The marina is very good, as are the facilities. Nice shops, great places to eat and all on your doorstep.
It can, however, get very busy in the summer.
Marina Opening Times – 2019
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.
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
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.
Contact information –
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org… – they are very good and quick at replying
Guide du Port
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.
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.
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.
Webcam – www.viewsurf.com/univers/plage…
Quite a nice beach with a seawater swimming pool just past the L’Ecluse 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
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.
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