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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Morbihan

Josselin - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Morbihan

Charm and harmony define this Little City of Character. Flower city with a preserved natural heritage and architectural treasures, Josselin lives to the rhythm of its cultural and sporting events.

Milestone on the road of the Dukes of Brittany, Josselin was founded in the 11th century by Viscount Porhoet. Today, according to wander its narrow streets and discover its many houses with wood sides immerse you in history, as written in the beautiful stone of the Basilica of Our Lady of Bramble, a high-places of pilgrimage in Britain. The Chateau des Ducs de Rohan rears its imposing medieval facade above the Ust channeled.

Josselin currently 2458 people and wants to associate a certain sweetness of life and a real momentum with its business and craft industries, its weekly market, its parks, its water stopped, his journey of discovery of heritage, hiking trails , festivals and exhibitions.

Many events punctuate life josselinaise. The cultural center hosts dance, theater, music and lectures during the winter season. A dynamic power of associations (70 associations) produces cultural events and various sports. During the summer, Josselin is bustling with outdoor performances: the Festiv'été free every Wednesday evening, but also exhibitions, concerts in the Basilica and Sacred Music Festival each summer.

The city has schools well equipped, efficient and diversified primary vocational school. A leisure center, governed by the Community of Communes, offers entertainment for children every Wednesday and during school holidays.

The city also boasts a health center with several health professionals, a local hospital, a home for elderly housing and emergency services.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude47.9538300 (N 47° 57’ 14”)
Longitude-2.5464270 (W 2° 32’ 47”)
AltitudeFrom 32m to 93m
Surface area4.48 km²
Population2607 inhabitants
Density581 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureVannes (58 km, 49 min)
Insee code56091
IntercommunalityCC Josselin Communauté

Nearest cities & towns

La Croix-Helléan4.1 km (9 min)
Guégon4.1 km (8 min)
Saint-Servant6.1 km (9 min)
Helléan6.7 km (11 min)
La Grée-Saint-Laurent6.9 km (11 min)
Lanouée8.3 km (13 min)
Lantillac8.9 km (12 min)
Guillac9.4 km (12 min)
Saint-Malo-des-Trois-Fontaines10.4 km (14 min)
Mohon11.7 km (13 min)
Pleugriffet11.9 km (14 min)
Les Forges11.9 km (14 min)
Cruguel12 km (17 min)
Ploërmel12.3 km (12 min)

Things to see and do

Basilica of Our Lady of Bramble and its bell tower (free access of April to November ).

Château des Ducs de Rohan.

Dolls Museum.

Houses with wood sides.

Circuit heritage interpretation.

3D Virtual Tour of Josselin the 16th century.

Circuit " Over the water".

Walk along the canal from Nantes to Brest.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres

Events and festivities

July 14: Medieval Festival Josselin - the meeting place of Josselin ( biennially in even years ).

Festiv'été : Musical entertainment every Wednesday this summer.

Theatre Festival of ADEC56 the third weekend of May.

" On weekends the Chapel " : Exhibition of contemporary art, concerts, shows every weekend in July and August in the Holy Cross Chapel. Meet the artists.

City tour with Mrs. Why How : Discover the fun Josselin city and its history with the family along with a wacky character Mrs. Why How. Every Tuesday and Thursday during the summer.


Castle Josselin
Castle Josselin
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Historic Centre of Josselin
Historic Centre of Josselin
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Cruguel : Commune of the rural heritage of Britain to discover Picouras Trail ( hiking trail 7 km).

Guillac : Circuit heritage interpretation, tour of the plant, the Pillar of Thirty. Karting "Elite Karting " (open all year).

Guégon : Mini -golf at Domaine de Kerelly (18 holes). Open from April to September.

Circuit "Discovering chapels " in the country Josselin.

Circuit "I was knighted Combat of Thirty " in the country Josselin.

Lizio : The Living Museum, The World of Scrapper Poet, The Insectarium.

Interpretive trail Canal from Nantes to Brest ( St. Congard Forges ).

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Horse ride, Broceliande forest
Nature and the great outdoors39 € to 70 € Tréhorenteuc (18.7 km)
Sea trip in the Morbihan Gulf and islands
Nature and the great outdoors29 € to 50 € Arradon (43 km)
The Cârouj - Amusement Park Breton games
Entertainment4 € to 18 € Monterfil (45 km)
Taste oysters and clams
Local flavours7 € Île-aux-Moines (45 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Lindeul Trail molac
HikeIntermediate3h50Molac (26 km)
Langroëz Trail la vraie-croix
HikeEasy3h00La Vraie-Croix (30 km)
Rochefort-en-terre trail
HikeEasy2h40Rochefort-en-Terre (32 km)
Popinettes Trail, Questembert
HikeIntermediate4h25Questembert (33 km)
Ardoisières Trail malansac
HikeIntermediate6h10Malansac (36 km)


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