Holiday in Southern Brittany on the Morbihan Coast

Etel River, Morbihan in Brittany France
Etel River, Morbihan © JL Bailleul
Morbihan holds a very long stretch of coast from its very bustling harbour of Lorient to the Roche-Bernard on the Vilaine river. It is a very interesting coast dominated by estuaries, islands, its own Gulf with a micro climate, which attracts thousands of tourists every year especially sailers. It is also known as the coast of Megaliths for its famous thousand rows of monumental standing stones of Carnac and a smaller dwelling found south in Locmariaquer.

Morbihan top holiday destinations

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The best way to appreciate the beauty of the 20km wide Gulf of Morbihan and its river channels, is by boat. As you pass the Presqu'Île de Quiberon, you enter this "little sea" of nearly 40 islands, the two largest ones being Île aux Moines and Île d'Arz. The erosion of the land has grafted several inlets which sailers will enjoy cruising along and up the two main rivers of the very picturesque and charming town of Vannes and the historical town of Auray.
It is also in this part of Brittany that departs some of the world's famous sailing races, typically from La Trinité-sur-mer.
Out in the Atlantic ocean, Morbihan boasts two more islands, Île de Groix departing from Lorient and the archipelo of Belle-Île, south of Quiberon.


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How to Keep Active and Relax

  • Sailing Club in Carnac, Port du Crouesty
  • Golf Clubs in Le Lac au Duc, Baden, Val Queven, Saint Laurent, Ploemeur-Océ, La Bretesche
  • Indulge and relax at one of the Spa Centres in Carnac, Port du Crouesty, Quiberon and Belle-Île

How to keep the kids happy

You need a change from the beach and you have done plenty of sightseeing. To keep your children happy, why not try a few our recommended places:

  • Aquarium - Aquarium du Golfe in Vannes
  • Animal Park - Parc de Branféré in Le Guerno
  • Others - Oceanology Discovery Vessel ("La Thalassa") in Lorient, Jurassic Park (Parc de PrĂ©histoire de Bretagne) in Malansac
  • Forest Adventure Park - Camors Adventure Forest in Camors, Parc d'Adventure Forêt Adrénaline in Carnac
View full details of all our recommended activities for children

How to get there

  • By plane - Fly direct to the nearest international airport of Brest.
  • By ferry with direct arrivals to St Malo and Roscoff. Alternative ferry terminals to consider include Cherbourg.
  • By train - The nearest highspeed train station (TGV) is Rennes where you change to the local train network to reach your final destination.
  • By car - drive your own or hire a car - Check our driving guide before you set off.

Don't miss ...

  • Solitaire du Figaro, Sailing Race in Lorient in August
  • Festival Interceltique, the largest Celtic festival in Brittany running for several days in Lorient, attracting at least 10,000 visitors every mid-August
  • Pardon de Saint-Anne, religious procession in Saint-Anne d'Auray, every July
  • Pardon de la Madone des Motards, religious procession in Porcaro every last week-end of August

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