Ramparts of Vannes
Unspoiled Quiberon coastline
Southern Brittany from Vannes to Quiberon
The Gulf of Morbihan, which must be one of the most beautiful bays in the world, is famous for its spectacular marine scenery of islands at low tide. Amble down the medieval lanes of Vannes, lined with half-timbered houses, before casting off and observing the archipelago close up, particularly Moines Island. Get better acquainted with megalithic sites at Locmariaquer before finishing your tour at Quiberon, where water sports’ fans rub shoulders with family holidaymakers and long walks down unspoiled coastline await you.
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The city of Vannes is the perfect place to start exploring this “little sea” and its islands. Before you set sail, allow a full day to admire Vannes’ rich architectural legacy, strolling around its historic centre and ramparts. Those keen on culture should make a beeline for the Fine Arts Museum and Saint Pierre Cathedral. Now head to the Presqu’île de Conleau and take the time to saunter down the terraces of its marina. Very busy come summertime, Vannes is also famous for its historic pageants and jazz festival.
A boat trip is the best way to see the Gulf! First stop is Arz Island and a peek at its dolmens and unspoiled coastline, followed by Moines Island, whose lush opulent vegetation makes a superb background to long walks. Now head to the seaside resort of Larmor-Baden, possibly pausing to feast on oysters in this major oyster-growing centre. Finish the day with a tour of Gavrinis cairn, one of Brittany’s most fascinating megalithic monuments, before spending the night in Auray.
Time seems to move backwards as you leave the cobbled lanes, half-timbered houses and walled gardens of Auray and approach the megalithic sites of Locmariaquer, which will transport you back to the Neolithic era and immerse your kids in the world of Asterix and Conan the Barbarian. Other prehistoric sites await at Carnac, as does the Prehistory Museum, which showcases collections from Palaeolithic to Medieval.
My Trip Tailor advice : The Megalithic Pass provides reduced rates to all subsequent sites at Carnac after the first one.
Your journey ends on the beautiful sandy beaches of the peninsula of Quiberon, renowned for sunshine on one side and spectacular, rugged scenery on the other. Whether you be a sun worshipper or water sports (surfing, sailing) addict, this stretch of land is the quintessence of maritime Brittany. Don’t leave without admiring the Côte Sauvage whose jagged cliffs, caves and chasms, tempered by tiny sandy beaches, are bound to whet the adventurous appetite of you and your children.
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