About Brittany and Plouhinec
Brittany has a somewhat
relationship with the rest of France. Inhabited largely by Celtic
tribes and descendants of people who came from what is now the UK, it
is not really France. Brittany was only incorporated into the, then
Kingdom of France in 1532 through the Edict of Plessis-Mace which was
signed on the 18th of September of that year. The edict,
though establishing a “perpetual union of Brittany and France”
also granted far reaching autonomy to the territory with its own
parliament, a say in taxes and no conscription outside of the
The terms of the agreement were swiftly broken by the Frech side,
causing widespread resentment at the time.
The current flag of Brittany has long
been the symbol of separatism, which appears to be lingering even
today. Nevertheless, today one can see the flag being used
the French “tricolore”
and during events. It is officially sanctioned in the regional
identifier on the latest series of license plates for French cars.
Furthermore, it can be seen in the Departement of Loire
Atlantique (Nantes), which was in the past part of Brittany but now
belongs to the Pays de la Loire.
An interesting book about the history of Brittany (from Breton point of
view) has been written by Jean Pierre Le Mat and is available in
English. (ISBN 978-2-952144-8-0)
Plouhinec, Morbihan is a small
but fast growing village on the coast of
southern Brittany, not to be confused with the Plouhinec in Finistere.
With a total of approximately 5000 inhabitants (July 2011) over several
feels even smaller than it actually is. It has everything one
needs for a pleasant holiday but also serves its inhabitants well.
The site of the current
municipality of Plouhinec has been inhabited for over 5000 years (since
at least 3000 BC) as evidenced by the various sites with Megaliths and
Today's Plouhinec appears to date back to the 4th or 5th century AD
when Brittany was a part of the English overseas territories. The
Municipality was established in 1790 and the current Mayor
is Mr Adrien Le Formal.
The Municipal administration is located on 1, Rue General de Gaulle
near the Church in Plouhinec. Tourist maps and other information can be
obtained from there during opening hours which are as follows:
Every day: 9.00 till 12.00 and 1400 till 17.00
Saturday: 9.00 till 12.00
The tourist information office is located on 1, Rue de Driasker, also
near to the church, but on the side towards the direction of
The administration also maintains a website (www.plouhinec.com), which
is not fully updated and has mostly French language
content. Of most interest is the section with current
events that can be found on this