The village of Elliant is located in the valley of the river Odet. In the south runs the river Jet. The traditional costume there is unique: yellow or “melen” as called in breton.
Spreading over about 7000 hectares, the city of Elliant is an integral part of Cornouaille.
Its history lays both in the stones of the chapels as in the green of the wooded countryside.
This landscape, shaped by the valley of the Jet offers a privileged setting for strolls or for fishing trouts and salmons.
The St Gilles church has the highest tower of Cornouaille and some strange inhabitants are living up there: rhinolophus, commonly called bat! These little creatured are surveyed every year.
The theme park “Odet Loisir” stretches over 7 hectares and is also a botanical garden with a variety of over 600 different species. Both children and adults can have fun there: zip-lines, rope bridges, trampolines, water games and far-west little train…
To spark your tastebuds, the only organic and AOP (Protected Designation of Origin) of Cornouaille is produced at the cidery Melenig . With its slight golden colour and its fruity taste of apple, peach and honey, the cider Melenig is made in Quenehaye, near the chapel of Kerdevot. The cidery can be visited and a free tasting is offered from Monday to Saturday during the summer and on Saturdays off-season.
The traditional costume of Elliant is unique: yellow, or “melen” in breton. For that matter, the words “meleneg” or “melenig” are often used when refering to the people of Elliant.
During the first weekend of December, the Fest Noz “La Nuit Jaune” (the yellow night) gathers about 1 500 people in Elliant. The name of this traditional event refers to the yellow colour of the embroideries on the jacket of the masculine traditional costume.