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What to do in the Gulf of Morbihan

Are you scheduled for a tour in the Gulf of Morbihan? Looking what to do in the Gulf of Morbihan? In this article you will find must-see places in the Gulf of Morbihan in Brittany as well as practical tips for planning your visit. 

 

What to do in the Gulf of Morbihan

Morbihan is a small inland sea rich in wonder (Morbihan – small sea in Breton).

Having lived in Nantes for 2 years and (see article here) as we have family in the area, I was able to discover little by little the riches of the Gulf of Morbihan.

 

There are many places to discover and I haven’t finished traveling in this beautiful area and discovering it.

To start today I’m talking about the 4 must-see places to visit if you’re visiting the Gulf of Morbihan.

 

Visit Locmariquer

This small town of 1,600 inhabitants on the gulf will conquer you very quickly by its authenticity and the charm of its landscapes.

 

What to do in Locmariaquer

  • Go to the port and enjoy a magical view of the Gulf, the sunset over the harbour is unforgettable
what to do in the Gulf of Morbihan
  • Stroll through the alleys of the village and discover its charming houses, its church of Notre Dame and the chapel of the Moustoir

 

  • Make the hikes along the coast. Below is a link to the Locmariacquer town hall website, which offers several itineraries to discover the town. Thanks to these walks you can discover the tip of Kerpenhir, the sandy beaches as well as the megaliths.
  • Enjoy oysters with a good glass of white wine. You will find several local producers who sell oysters at good prices.

 

Town hall website: Locmariaquer.fr

 

Discover the city of Auray and the sublime port of Saint-Goustan

Auray is a town 15 km from the coast. You will soon be seduced by this pretty town divided into a high and a lower part.

 

What to do in Auray

  • Admire the calm and beauty of the port of Saint-Goustan, sit at one of the terraces for a drink or for a good dinner based on fresh fish.
     
    I tested for you a restaurant on the port where you could eat at very decent prices:
    Restaurant Le Rive Gauche
    Saint-Goustan 9, Place
     
what to do in the Gulf of MorbihanAuray de Nicolas Hrycenko – by Flickr

 

  • Visit the old town and admire the half-timbered and stone-cut houses on the hill above Auray Harbour. Discover the pretty rue du Château that connects Auray to the river which offers a good selection of art galleries.
  • Discover Auray as you walk the heritage tours, the full offer of tours is available at the tourist office.

Tourist Office: 20 Milk Street 56400 AURAY Tel. 02 97 24 09 75 infos@auray-tourisme.com www.auray-tourisme.com

 

Discover the island of The Monks

The Island of the Monks, in Breton “IZENAH”, is a charming place a few kilometers from Vannes, rightly renamed the “Pearl of the Gulf”.

The island, with its 600 inhabitants in winter and 1,200 in summer, welcomes more than 3,000 visitors per day in the summer months.

We discovered the island one weekend in April and it was very nice.

I love to travel to tourist spots in April and September because there is calm. To access the island go to Port Blanc for a five-minute crossing at reasonable prices.

Practical information: pass every half hour from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (first boat at 8:00 a.m. on Sundays and public holidays). From July 1 to August 31: more frequent rotations and last boat at 22:00. Tickets to take in Port Blanc.

Most of the trips to the island are on foot or by bicycle.

Spending a day on the island of Les Moines means asking time to stop and stroll peacefully between its beautiful fishing houses and its sublime landscapes.

what to do in the Gulf of Morbihan

What to do on the island of Les Moines

You can discover the small village, st. Michael’s Church, the megaliths, and enjoy the many views of the Gulf of Morbihan and the island of Artz.

On The Island of Des Moines, you can walk 14 km of coastal trails.

In order to promote the natural beauties of Julien LEPERLIER Island, organizes regular discovery trips (register by phone on 06.79.34.77.00. or by email j.leperlier@mairie-ileauxmoines.fr).

Visit the island as soon as you arrive at the tourist office to have a practical map of the island and possible itineraries to discover it.

The tourist office welcomes you from April 4 to September 7 every day from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Website: Town Hall Island in The Monks

 

Spend the day on the island of Saint-Cado in the heart of the Ria d’Etel

what to do in the Gulf of Morbihan

This splendid hamlet built on the islet of Saint-Cado in the heart of the Ria d’Etel is connected to the mainland by a bridge. The Devil would have demanded the soul of the first creature that crossed the bridge and Saint-Cado passed a cat.

What to do on the island of Saint-Cado:

  • take the path that runs along the coast
  • admire the fishermen’s houses
  • visit the Romanesque chapel

If you have time you can cross the great Lorois Bridge to watch the sunset over the Ria d’Etel.

 

Walking on the Port of Trinidad-sur-Mer

Trinidad-sur-mer is a small town that attracts a large number of visitors every year. 

Indeed, the port of La Trinidad-sur-Mer is home to the largest racing yachts and numerous boats. 

You can go to Trinidad-sur-mer and discover its authentic and friendly atmosphere. 

A must is the discovery of the magnificent competitive sailboats that take place on the harbour.

 

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