Houses and boats in the port of Vannes
France, Loire-Atlantique (44), Guérande, marais-salants
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The Saint-Nazaire Bridge (Le pont de Saint-Nazaire)
Nantes city in France
Table des Marchand
Port of Pornichet in France
The natural sites of South Brittany
Find yourself in tune with nature from Nantes to the Gulf of Morbihan! The landscapes of Brittany’s coastline are a special environment and its cities steeped in history have everything to seduce you. At the crossroads of the Loire-Atlantique and Morbihan, this itinerary leads you between land and sea, between cities and countryside to the deepest of your roots through the Neolithic sites of Carnac.
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Ancient capital of the Duchy of Brittany, port city and economic centre of the region for several centuries, Nantes has lost none of its dynamism. Take time out to stroll through the city centre’s pedestrian streets soaking up its genial ambience; Stroll through the Bouffay district to admire its flamboyant architecture, stop at the cathedral, see the impressive Machines de l’île; And, above all, don’t leave Nantes without visiting the famous and contrasting Château des Ducs de Bretagne, a granite fortress featuring an elegant ducal building of stone and Tufa.
Leave Nantes for Pornichet, stopping en route in Saint-Nazaire to visit the shipyards hosted by this port city. A seaside resort born from the passion of the Nantais for marine treatments at the beginning of the twentieth century, Pornichet is still famous for its Bonne Source beaches. Take the opportunity to spend time lounging on the beaches, Sainte-Marie or those of the Bay of Pouliguen. The more sporty can choose from one of the hikes offered from the hamlet, between the seaside and the wooded countryside. For a pleasant evening, head for the lively shops of the city centre, steeped in a relaxed way of life.
The salt marshes are among the region’s must-sees to understand the area’s activity. Continue your nature break with a visit to the Brière Regional Natural Park, remarkable for its biodiversity; Enter via the thatch-roofed village of Kerhinet for a walk through the marsh, discovering local flora and fauna. Next, head to Vannes, which offers a charming return to urban planning. Its 14th century timber-framed houses, ornate ramparts and its fully pedestrianized old town centered around the magnificent Cathedral Saint-Pierre, can’t fail to impress. You can also spend late afternoon at the Aquarium in Vannes, renowned for its basins recreating the nearby marine space.
Discover Neolithic Brittany through the megalithic sites that surround Carnac. Reminders of the time of the Druids, you’ll find wonderful examples of dolmens and menhirs at the Cairn Gavrinis and Locmariaquer. Then stop at Etel to enjoy its beach and the superb views of La Ria, a bay dotted with islets, before continuing your journey to reach the port of Concarneau.
MyTripTailor Tip: You’ll need to take a shuttle boat from the port of Larmor Baden to go to the Cairn Gavrinis. Be sure to check the shuttle schedules before your visit.
Concarneau, the “la ville close”, owes its nickname to its gigantic and imposing wall of ramparts that seem to protect the city from external threats. Lose yourself in the cobbled streets of its historic centre, stroll through Rue Vauban and enjoy the views of the bay offered by the Promenade on the tour of the Citadel.
Why not spend one more night in Concarneau if you want to prolong your stay.
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