Rue de Saint Philibert
By the sea, country of thatched cottages and standing stones, Névez has preserved this picturesque cultural heritage. Along the paths, the thatched and granite-roofed houses are revealed. The houses with blue shutters, lined with hydrangeas, so typical in Brittany, represent the traditional architecture of the past.
The charming villages of Kerascoët and Kercanic have become must-see sites in Finistère.
Today these thatched-roofed houses are witnesses of an era and of know-how. They have enabled artisans and cottages to carry on the tradition for decades by passing on their passion for the profession.
Thatch was once made of rye straw, today it has been replaced by reed.
The omnipresent granite in the town is an integral part of the landscape. It was linked to people’s lives: used for the construction of houses, bread ovens, wells and fences. In 1900, around 100 stonemasons were still working in Névez in an open-air quarry at the bottom of Kerrochet Cove, accessible at low tide and visited as part of discovery tours.
The most unusual granite buildings are the fences and standing stone houses (late 18th century) “Mein Zao” in Breton.
These constructions, which are unique in France, were awarded the “Landscape of Reconquest” label from the Ministry of the Environment in 1993 in order to protect them.
The chapels and calvaries were also in granite. They line the countryside at the intersections of small roads.