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What is a small town of character?

Petite cité de caractère

The concept of small towns of character was born in the 1970s to promote atypical municipalities, both rural by their location, their limited population, and urban by their history and heritage. The project of the small towns of character is, in these municipalities, to federate the different actors around an objective: the preservation of the heritage as a lever for the development of the territories.

Piriac-sur-Mer is therefore endowed with a very old architectural heritage. The town center is home to old houses, some of which are over 300 years old. This is why Piriac-sur-Mer was awarded the "Small town of character" label in May 2002. built its historical heritage: from the 6th century, the port of Piriac became important for its salt and wine trade. In the 18th century, Piriac experienced an economic boom thanks to cod fishing off the coast of Newfoundland. The 20th century saw the first tourist activity in the town.

Come stroll and lose yourself in the small streets of Piriac sur Mer, these are lined with hollyhocks and hydrangeas which come in various tones for the pleasure of the eyes. 

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