Pourleth – our local area!
Our local area of Pourleth is very beautiful.
Poulmarvezen is situated in the ancient “Pourlet” area of Morbihan. Brittany was formerly divided up into many such small regions. The following is a translated extract from Wikipedia …
“The Pourlet country occupies the north-western department of Morbihan and a small portion of the Côtes d’Armor, and covers the following municipalities: Guémené-sur-Scorff. Plouray. Mellionnec. Lescouët-Gouarec (southern part). Silfiac. St. Tugdual. Priziac. Le Croisty. Saint-Caradec-Trégomel. Lignol. Berné. Persquen. Meslan. Locmalo. Inguiniel. Bubry. Langoëlan. Séglien. Ploërdut. The northern part of Plouay and the Locmeltro district of Guern can also be considered as belonging to Pourlet.”
The Pourlet local area was defined by its own version of traditional costume, the dialect, local dance, distinctive architecture, and the central influence of Guemene-sur-Scorff as a market.
You can read a fuller account here of this fascinating subject (in French). Get Google to do a translation for you. There are a couple of excellent photos, one of the Pourlet headress, the other the local area Pourlet dance. There is also a map showing the extent of the Pourlet local area, and all the other local area regions of Brittany.
Whichever direction you head for on leaving Poulmarvezen Holiday Gites, you will find the Pourleth landscape to be absolutely beautiful. There are pretty villages, usually with a few local shops, and many a small lake. The area is ideal for cycling or walking. There is hardly any traffic. Usually it’s a tractor and trailer!
The Chapelle St. Guen was damaged by fire in 2006 by “satanists”, there’s a fascinating read here (in French)
Further afield …