Sightseeing

Places to visit nearby

What to see in Southern Brittany

So much to visit, you are spoilt for choice!

Historic Towns and Castles

Vannes

Vannes

Vannes is the capital of Morbihan and ancient capital of Brittany. It is a joy to behold. The medieval heart of the town has almost 200 timber-framed building and gateway to the Gulf of Morbihan.

Pontivy

Pontivy

Pontivy, originally named after a monk called Ivy from Northumberland in England, was renamed Napoleonville when Napoleon made it the strategic centre of Brittany and built extensively on the medieval centre. For one of the best examples of medieval architecture, don’t miss 15th Century Château Rohan.

Hennebont

Hennebont

Hennebont, home to the National Stud, has magnificent ramparts and floral displays with one of the best markets in the area on a Thursday.

Auray

Auray

Auray is not to be missed with a lively market in the high town on Mondays and delightful 15th century half-timbered houses, many of these fine restaurants, clustered around the old quay. It is an artist lovers’ paradise with many galleries lining the road down to the port which bustles on a Sunday afternoon when the French take an amble down the river to walk off Sunday lunch.

Concarneau

Concarneau

And not to be missed is Concarneau with its 14th Century Ville Close (Walled Town) situated in the middle of the harbour.

Josselin

Josselin

Josselin Castle is well worth a visit, one of the few remaining Breton castles still owned by one of the old ruling families.

Lorient

Lorient

Lorient was heavily bombed in World War II destroying much of this once beautiful town. More fortunately than most, the city has been redeveloped with some attractive modernist architecture clustered around the yacht basin, which makes it a pleasure to visit, especially during the Lorient Inter-Celtique festival.

Carnac and the megalithes of Morbihan

The department of Morbihan in France is a treasure trove for its megalithic structures erected around 5000BC.  Keep a look out wherever you are and you will see them: a menhir (single standing stone by itself or in an alignment); cromlechs (menhirs in a circle); dolmen (stones topped by others) and tumulus (tomb covered with stone or earth and normally incorporating dolmen).

Carnac - world heritage site

Carnac - world heritage site

No trip to this region is complete without a visit to the World Heritage Site of Carnac with its 3000 standing stones arranged in alignments.

Erdeven

Erdeven

Equally unmissable (and less crowded) are the 1000 standing stones at Erdeven.

Locmariaquer

Locmariaquer

The Grand Menhir site at Locmariquer complex hosts the largest menhir ever erected (the weight of a Boeing 747!)

Gavrinis

Gavrinis

Catch a boat to the island of Gavrinis to see what is arguably one of the most amazing megalithic monuments

Working Villages

Take a step back in time with some beautifully restored Breton villages to demonstrate life and culture of that time:

Poul Fetan

Poul Fetan

Quistinic

The charming 16th century village of Poul Fetan, has been immaculately restored to show life at that time with demonstrations in the summer holidays. There is a delightful inn specialising in organic, traditional fare. Many of our guests take the opportunity to walk from Le Crann to Poul Fetan, one of the major tourist attractions in the area.

Village de l’an Mil

Village de l’an Mil

Melrand

If you want to step even further back in time, 15 minutes away near Melrand is the Village de l’an Mil, a 1000 year old reconstructed village.

Forges des Salles

Forges des Salles

near Lac de Guerlédan

About 30 minutes away is Forges des Salles, an 18th Century iron working village near Lac de Guerlédan

St Dégan

St Dégan

Brec’h

St-Dégan near Auray gives a flavour of a traditional Breton farm

Churches and chapels

Brittany is dotted with inspiring churches and quaint chapels with their own unique architectural features. There are some really noteworthy churches amongst them.

Ste-Anne d’Auray

Ste-Anne d’Auray

Ste-Anne-d’Auray the second greatest pilgrimage shrine after Lourdes in France

Art in the chapels

Art in the chapels

Not to be missed is the Arts in the Chapels exhibition which takes place in our Blavet Valley region between July and September – an amazing opportunity to see the spectacular Breton countryside and architecture of seldom open chapels.

Kernascléden

Kernascléden

15th century church at Kernascléden is only 1 of 7 churches in France with frescos of the "Danse Macabre"

Quelven

Quelven

One wonders how such a small hamlet in the middle of the countryside built such a magnificent chapel. In summer every Thursday afternoon there are classical music and tours.

Arthurian Legends

Brittany is proud of its Celtic heritage and east of Josselin is Paimpont Forest, centre of the legend of King Arthur in Brittany. Paimpont Forest, once part of the super-forest of Broceliande, is where Merlin was supposed to have once lived and died. Find Merlin’s tomb and Morgan’s “valley of no return”. The Château de Comper has various shows and talks in the summer months.

Arthurian Legend

World War history

Brittany has played a significant role in both World Wars with several interesting sites.

Submarine base

Submarine base

Lorient

Lorient was home to the premier submarine base of World War II, which unfortunately meant 90% of the city was destroyed in the bombing, but not the submarine base! The German garrison surrendered here on the 10 May 1945, two days after the formal German surrender in Berlin. The museum provides an interesting insight as well as a tour of the submarine "Flore".

 Resistance infirmary

Resistance infirmary

Notre-Dame du Cloitre chapel, Quistinic

Closer to home is the little chapel of Notre-Dame du Cloitre in Quistinic which was an infirmary for the Breton resistance in WW II. Do spend the time to discover this modest chapel hidden in the woods as homage to the brave resistance fighters who died here.

Breton resistance museum

Breton resistance museum

St Marcel

The Breton Resistance Museum can be found near Malestroit.

Radio museum

Radio museum

Réguiny

Musée les Sanglots Longs at Réguiny is dedicated to the history of the Breton resistance and development of the radio.

Farms, animals and aquariums

Pont Scorff Zoo

Pont Scorff Zoo

This large zoo has some interesting animals and displays with seals, snakes, parrots and seabirds with special events in the holidays.

Vannes aquarium

Vannes aquarium

Everyone loves an aquarium and next door is the butterfly garden.

Hennebont Horse heaven!

Hennebont Horse heaven!

The National Stud dedicated to pure bred Breton horses is based in nearby Hennebont. In summer there are daytime shows and evening spectaculars as well as free horse riding events in the park.

And so much more ...

And so much more ...

With little ones it is always important to have an abundance of animal attractions. As you can see from a glimpse of our Information Pack, there are also:
- numerous animal parks and farms
- bat museum
- insect museum,
- butterfly farm
- ostrich farm
- salmon museum

Boat trips

If you have the time, a boat trip is a must! We have details of all the boat trips available and can give assistance in how to fit a boat trip into a day out.  Here is a few suggestions:

Île aux Moines

Île aux Moines

The beautiful island of Île aux Moines (island of the monks) is easy to reach either as a direct trip or as part of a tour of the Gulf of Morbihan. Pack your costumes and walking shoes for the day.

Île d’Arz

Île d’Arz

Less busy than Île aux Moines, this delightful island has lovely walks and a fascinating sea mill.

Île de Groix

Île de Groix

This 24km2 island off Lorient with lively summer towns has amazingly soft sand and the only convex beach in Europe.

Museums

There are an amazing range of museums in the area, something for all tastes and some so fascinating they must not to be missed:

Poête Ferrailleur

Poête Ferrailleur

Lizio moving artwork

One of our absolute favourites! An amazing universe of moving objects from scrap metal. Perfect for both adults and children.

Cité de la Voile

Cité de la Voile

Lorient sailing museum

This modern design sailing museum has many interactive displays plus the chance for a real sailing experience.

Ecomusée Industriel des Forges

Ecomusée Industriel des Forges

Inzinzac-Lochrist

This old metal working factory is now a museum dedicated to metallurgists.

And something for everyone

And something for everyone

From ecomuseums covering the ancient crafts, several ancient working villages and farms, to museums to bats, electricity, postcards, weaving, natural history, history museums, naval museums, dolls, underwater diving, salmon and tuna fishermen.

Art

L’art dans les chapelles

L’art dans les chapelles

Blavet Valley

During summer, there are four driving routes to follow, with contemporary art displayed in some of the amazing chapels of the Blavet Valley. A wonderful way to explore both the stunning countryside and local chapels, most of which are seldom open to the public.

Pont Scorff

Pont Scorff

A centre for professional artisans covering pottery, ironwork, mosaics, painting, quilting, glasswork, woodwork, sculptures, tapestry. The shop in "La Cour" shows artist work throughout the year and in summer the "L’Art Chemin Faisant" is a contemporary art trail in the village.

Pont-Aven

Pont-Aven

This picturesque town famous for Gaugin and the Pont-Aven school of painters abounds with art galleries and an Art Museum. Close by the movement spread to Le Pouldu where you can find the Maison Musée.

Auray

Auray

Beautiful Auray has some wonderful artists galleries amongst a medieval backdrop. In summer, there is the "Détour d’Art" with 20 chapels to explore. Every Saturday in summer there is a rendez-vous of painters opposite the church.

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