The small commune of Locmariaquer takes place in Brittany, in the heart of the Morbihan department. It is located at the mouth of the Gulf of Morbihan, not far from Auray, in the arrondissement of Lorient. It also has access to the Gulf of Quiberon and has an important coastline on the Atlantic Ocean.
Populated since Gallo-Roman times, the city of Locmariaquer had an important rise in the late nineteenth century through oyster farming. Even today, the exploitation of oysters is one of the main sources of income of this city that smells traditional Brittany.
From now on, tourism has also been added to these breeding activities, notably for the beautiful beaches that surround Locmariaquer, as well as the historical and architectural heritage of the municipality. The tranquility of the place and the quality of the setting make it a popular tourist site in the region.
In Romanesque style, the Church of Our Lady of Kerdro was built between the 11th and 12th centuries. Classified as a Historic Monument, it was rebuilt between the 17th and 18th centuries, and its bell tower was built at the beginning of the 19th century. Inside, it is possible to admire contemporary stained-glass windows, dating from 1960, and representing for some the great activities of the municipality such as fishing, fish, oyster culture, or dolmens and menhirs. The giant clam has been classified as a Historic Monument, as are the paintings and altarpieces, while the transept and apse have been inscribed. The city hosts other chapels on its territory, such as those of Moustoir, Saint-Pierre or Saint-Michel.
Installed in 1946 by Jules-Charles Le Bozec to replace that of 1883 destroyed by the Germans during the Second World War, the statue of Our Lady of Kerdro stands proudly on the point of Kerpenhir. In granite and high of 2.70 meters, it represents a Virgin and Child, evoking the legend of the Virgin having saved the life of all the crew of a ship by beckoning to him to avoid a storm.
On the territory of Locmariaquer, there are several dolmens and other menhirs testifying to a very ancient human occupation. In particular, you can admire Er Grah's large broken menhir. With its 20 meters, it is the largest in the world and today is broken into four pieces. Do not miss the flat stones, a 25-meter dolmen engraved partly, the cairn of the Table des Marchands, or the tumulus of Mané-Lud.
Formerly a coastal fishing port, the port of Locmariaquer was built at the beginning of the 20th century. It faces the seaside resort of Port-Navalo and now serves as a marina. Between April and September, cruises are proposed to discover the charms of the Gulf of Morbihan.
Locmariaquer also offers several beaches for bathing or practicing various nautical activities, such as Grande Plage, Rolay beach or Saint-Pierre beach. Various hiking trails are also accessible, with coastal paths or paths leading into the countryside.
The market is held every Tuesday and Saturday morning.
In August, the oyster festival celebrates this much-loved shellfish in the region.
Also in August, the Mor Braz photo festival offers outdoor and large format exhibitions.
Exhibition "Carnac ca Claque, Locmariaquer ca Manère! "
- From 8 june to 31 august 2019
- Route de Kerlogonan
- Art exhibition at the site of the megaliths "Carnac ca slap, Locmariaquer ca manages! "Work supervised by the group of posters engravers La Maison and students of the college Les Korrigans Carnac.
- From 27 to 30 june 2019
- Since 2005, the association Ultra Marin Raid Gulf of Morbihan organizes every year in June a sporting event that currently includes several pedestrian races: 4 long-distance Trails, a timed Nordic Walking, a Team Relay and the Grand Défi Ultra Marin- The Grand Raid Gulf of Morbihan: 177 km- The Raid Gulf of Morbihan: 87 km- The Gulf Trail of Morbihan: 56 km- La Ronde des Douaniers: 36 km - The Nordic Walking Gulf of Morbihan: 25 km- Le Relais by teams on the 177 km - Grand Défi Ultra Marin on the 177kmParticipate and discover an atypical circuit in the heart of the Gulf of Morbihan in Brittany!
Pardon du Moustoir - Locmariaquer
- On 30 june 2019
- Chapelle du Moustoir
- Sunday, June 30 at the chapel of Moustoir, you can attend forgiveness with the Mass celebrated in the chapel and a sale of Breton fars (morning only)
Celtic Harp Concert Nolwenn ARZEL - Locmariaquer
- On 22 july 2019
- Chapelle du Moustoir, Le Moustoir
- At 21h in the chapel of Moustoir. Nolwenn arzel is the new rising star of the Celtic Harp in Brittany. She presents us a new album released in April 2017, full of sensitivity, poetry and especially commitment. Several songs mark this new repertoire including a tribute to his uncle Alphonse arzel and his fight following the oil spill caused by the tanker Amoco Cadiz in 1978 off the coast of the Pays d'Iroise. Nolwenn Arzel signs a beautiful text here. The greatest were not wrong and Gilles Servat in person sings in duet with the harpist on this album full of emotion. Do not miss the church of La Trinité-sur-Mer!
Oyster Festival - Locmariaquer
- On 18 august 2019
- Place Dariorigum (le port)
- Come to discover this big free party and to taste the oysters of the oyster farmers of Locmariaquer. On the port from 11:30 and until late in the evening 23h... Oyster tasting! Free admission. Sale of meal tray (oysters, white wine, far etc...). Organization: Festival Committee, Ostréicole Union.