Pontivy's central location means it has heritage treasures from the four corners of Brittany to offer. Located just one hour from the southern and northern coasts (valves and Saint-Brieuc), and equidistant from Brest and Rennes, Pontivy sits at the point where the roads cross … and the canals too!
The canalised river Blavet and the Nantes-Brest canal crosses the town from one end to the other. Though the town takes its name from a Monk named Ivy who built the first bridge over the river Blavet, it owes its fame to Napoleon I, who made it his strategic military and administrative center at the beginning of the 19th century. Several examples of neoclassical architecture remain from the time of the Napoloenic saga, as well as a rectilinear road network and a playful nickname: Napoleonville!
for Pontivy is primarily a place of contrasts, so don't be surprised to see rising before you, as you travel down a street, the castle of Rohan (castle of the Rohans, a princely family of the Duchy of Brittany). Remarkably well preserved, this fortified castle built in the 15th century dominates the mediaeval town of Pontivy, with its many half-half-timbered facades and cobbled streets. You can almost hear the sound of hooves.