Towns full of charm to be discovered in the Morbihan

Towns of character and marinas: come and discover the historic and cultural heritage in southern Brittany

Enjoy a cup of coffee whilst watching the sea and the boats passing by, enjoy a meal in a restaurant or a crêperie full of charm, rummage through the colourful stalls at the local market, visit a museum and take part in the numerous events taking place throughout the season.  Better get organised !

 

Here are a few ideas to look into : 

Towns of art and history

Vannes, sheltered in the Gulf of Morbihan, boasts a marina, ramparts and a charming walled town. Steeped in history and firmly rooted in its time, Vannes hosts numerous events including the Jazz Festival in Vannes, the historical festival in July and the Arvor festival in August.

 

Saint Goustan, a sheltered harbour on the edge of the river of Auray, will take you back to the medieval period.

The Benjamin Franklin quay dates back to the 12th century.  Incidentally, Benjamin Franklin arrived here in 1776 in an attempt to gain the support of the French in the war of independence.  He wanted to go to Nantes, but due to the headwinds he had to divert to the Gulf of Morbihan.  He met with a population who did not speak any English and it is thanks to an exchange in latin with the village’s priest that he found his way to Nantes.

You can enjoy a nice walk or soak up the atmosphere in a restaurant or café.  Along the cobbled street leading to the town centre, you will find numerous art galleries.

 

Ports and small villages dotted along the coast

On the Atlantic coast, other than nearby la Trinité sur Mer, you can discover Carnac-Plage (beaches) and Carnac town centre, Saint Philibert and Locmariaquer which is located at the entrance to the Gulf of Morbihan opposite Port Navalo, a coastal town in the Gulf.

You can also visit numerous sites and small coastal resorts scattered around the Gulf of Morbihan as well as the Rhuys and Quiberon peninsulas.

Further afield, Lorient, surrounded by numerous towns on the coast, like Guidel Plage, Larmor-Plage, Locmiquelic, Port Louis ...

In Lorient, you can visit sites such as the Cité de la voile Eric Tabarly (interactive sailing museum), and from 7 to 16 August 2015, the famous festival Interceltique which honours Cornwall and the Isle of Man this year.  A definite must-see for music lovers.

If you are interested in our region and all it has to offer, check out this page regularly for some great ideas.

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