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La Roche-Bernard

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Morbihan

La Roche-Bernard - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Morbihan
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Labeled Small City of character, La Roche-Bernard has something to surprise you. Situated on the banks of the Vilaine, the town of Morbihan has a charming harbor and a remarkable historical quarter. Bordered by a landscape of peninsula, to the south by the Guérandaise and to the west by that of Rhuys, the city blossoms on the green banks of the Vilaine. The Atlantic Ocean is about twenty kilometers away. Its name, the commune owes it to a Viking named Bern-Hart which means "strong as a bear". This Bern-Hart would have spotted a rocky promontory going up the Vilaine and would have installed his encampment there. After a few years and having pledged allegiance to the Duke of Brittany, land was given to the descendants and the city was born. In 1547, the city became Protestant under the impulse of François de Coligny. The town became an important center of shipbuilding when Richelieu commanded the Crown, flagship of the royal navy. The river port will become one of the most important until the middle of the 19th century. The city is therefore oriented towards a new economic Eldorado by developing its marina and its tourist attraction.

Geographical information

MunicipalityLa Roche-Bernard
Postcode56130
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Latitude47.5186930 (N 47° 31’ 7”)
Longitude-2.3031140 (W 2° 18’ 11”)
Surface area0.43 km²
Population713 inhabitants
Density1658 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureVannes (40 km, 35 min)
Insee code56195
IntercommunalityCC Arc Sud Bretagne
DepartmentMorbihan
RegionBrittany

Nearest cities & towns

Nivillac2.3 km (6 min)
Marzan4.9 km (9 min)
Férel6.2 km (8 min)
Arzal7.7 km (13 min)
Herbignac8.6 km (10 min)
Péaule10 km (13 min)
Camoël10.3 km (10 min)
Saint-Dolay12.1 km (14 min)
La Chapelle-des-Marais13.8 km (14 min)
Missillac14 km (12 min)
Sainte-Reine-de-Bretagne14.1 km (14 min)
Le Guerno14.7 km (17 min)
Assérac15.2 km (15 min)

Things to see and do

It all begins on the banks of the Vilaine at La Roche-Bernard. And especially in its port. If today, the port of commerce is a marina, it knows how to distill the assets to get noticed. Indeed, are moored to its pontoon of remarkable old boats, some stamped "Boats of patrimonial interest". This traditional flotilla of Basse-Vilaine will seduce lovers of the genre. And to complete the discovery, a river ride on the sailboat Morwenna dating from 1968 is proposed to you. If you prefer modernity, book your ticket on the Yellow Stars. Again, the cruise looks wonderful. But the Vilaine is also the theater of nautical games to satisfy all tastes. Canoeing, paddle or sailing among others are therefore at the rendezvous of your stay for walks on the water of all beauty. But maybe you want to see this famous rock where Bern-Hart the Viking founder of the city had settled. All you have to do is to visit the site of the Rocher which, besides the historical aspect, offers an impregnable view of the city, the Vilaine and its surroundings. And precisely speaking of the surroundings, a visit of the corner is necessary. But not in a traditional way! You will have to take the circuit of Ponts which will lead you to the bridge located under the bridge of Morbihan before you take a metal bridge dating back to 1960 to return to the city. It will be the moment to dive into the visit of the Old Quarter staked by houses dating from the sixteenth and seventeenth century. The merchants of yesteryear have given way to artisans of art in this district.

To complete your tour of the city, you must absolutely visit the museum of the Vilaine maritime housed in the castle of Basses-Fosses. You will be able to admire models and objects relating to the maritime epic. Every Thursday in summer, ephemeral exhibitions complete the collections.

The Place du Bouffay is an inescapable place bringing together an exceptional patrimonial diversity. Bordered by the house of the Canon dating from the sixteenth century, the square adjoins the neighborhood Tour de L'Isle where the Protestants found refuge. Further up the street, the Notre-Dame chapel of the 16th century stands majestically.

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Events and festivities

Every Thursday morning, the market is held in the upper town around the church and in its alleys. Your basket will quickly fill local products in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Every 2 years is held Vilaine en Fête. It is the opportunity for the lovers of the traditional boats to meet in early May for a regatta on the Vilaine. Throughout the event, the quays are animated by concerts and animations, including nautical baptisms. In the evening, fireworks are fired at the end of the night parade.

The 1st weekend of August, it is the Garennes festival that is played. The name of this festival comes from the place where the event takes place: the sumptuous Garennes gardens. Artists succeed each other on the stage for the greatest pleasure of music lovers from the smallest to the greatest. Relaxed and family atmosphere are on the program.

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Place Bouffay... Carousel
Place Bouffay... Carousel
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Strolling in the old port
Strolling in the old port
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Heritage... Castle
Heritage... Castle
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The neighborhood of craftsmen
The neighborhood of craftsmen
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Going down to the old port...
Going down to the old port...
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The suspension bridge La Roche-Bernard and Vilaine
The suspension bridge La Roche-Bernard and Vilaine
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Place the well, an old watering hole
Place the well, an old watering hole
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the old quarters
the old quarters
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narrow alley
narrow alley
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unusual Beauty
unusual Beauty
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View rocks on the Vilaine
View rocks on the Vilaine
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old Port
old Port
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the port and the wedge
the port and the wedge
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Teach character of a city of character
Teach character of a city of character
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Stroll through the old quarters
Stroll through the old quarters
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Camper along the Vilaine
Camper along the Vilaine
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a land of inspiration for painters
a land of inspiration for painters
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Colors of Britain in land rochoise
Colors of Britain in land rochoise
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Exchange plants to wash
Exchange plants to wash
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Weather

Thursday 27 april
Min. 1°C - Max. 16°C
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Friday 28 april
Min. 9°C - Max. 15°C
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Saturday 29 april
Min. 10°C - Max. 17°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Maiden microlight flight
Sports sensations85 € to 140 € La Baule-Escoublac (26 km)
Surfing lessons or course
Sports sensations35 € to 150 € Saint-Brevin-les-Pins (34 km)
Tandem parachute jump from a helicopter
Sports sensations280 € to 290 € Monterblanc (39 km)
Sea trip in the Morbihan Gulf and islands
Nature and the great outdoors29 € to 50 € Arradon (42 km)
Cruise on a tall ship in the Gulf
Nature and the great outdoors25 € to 48 € Arzon (44 km)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Grand Val Trail-caden
HikeAthletic5h00Caden (12.5 km)
Ardoisières Trail malansac
HikeIntermediate6h10Malansac (17.6 km)
Popinettes Trail, Questembert
HikeIntermediate4h25Questembert (19.3 km)
Rochefort-en-terre trail
HikeEasy2h35Rochefort-en-Terre (20 km)
Lindeul Trail molac
HikeIntermediate3h50Molac (26 km)

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