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The Gulf of Morbihan

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Morbihan

The Gulf of Morbihan - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Morbihan
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A genuine inland sea 5 kilometres wide and 21 long, the Gulf of Morbihan is a listed Regional Nature Park and a member of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club. It has some forty islands, each with its own particularities.

Open to the ocean via a corridor between Port-Navalo and Locmariaquer, enclosed by the Rhuys Peninsula, this magnificent, wild territory of coves, rocks and islets is a paradise for around 150,000 birds (stilts, red-breasted mergansers, little egrets, seagulls and other gulls), and lovers of marine landscapes.

Its mild and sunny climate helps to make the Gulf of Morbihan an ideal holiday destination, popular with holidaymakers for its beauty spots, water sports including sailing, boating between the islands, hikes, picturesque fishing ports and tide mills…

Boat trips are possible there all year round, with activity peaking in the summer season.

From Vannes, Baden, Locmariaquer or Port-Navalo, you can set off to explore the bay and a few of its islands, starting with the largest: Arz, which offers a beautiful view of the islands and will take you to the Berno headland tide mill; and the Moines Island, covered in woodland.

Everywhere, you come face to face with the sea, nature and wildlife, and experience the sea air and the feeling of freedom. Tip for walkers: there is a path you can take to explore the whole of the gulf.

Seafood fans, you will be delighted: the Gulf of Morbihan produces 10% of France's oysters! Don't hesitate to visit a farm to learn more about oyster production, or visit one of the gulf's many restaurants to sample them.

Also worth trying are the Breton sea water beer, honey, cider, pancakes, kouign amann and shortbread (all butter!). These jewels in Brittany's gastronomic crown will fit easily into your luggage.

Another curiosity: the old Lasné salt marsh in Saint-Armel, renovated in 2003, which produces 8 tonnes of salt a year.

Last but not least, you can't see the Gulf of Morbihan without stopping by Vannes, the two-thousand-year-old town of the Dukes of Brittany!

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The Gulf of Morbihan

Mor-Bihan "little sea" in Breton... It is indeed a small interior sea, enclosed by the Rhuys peninsula, covering some 100 km² (21 km long and 5 km wide). A narrow passage between Port Navalo and Locmariaquer allows communication with the ocean. There are more than 40 islands forming a labyrinth. Two of them, wonderful haven, form a common Arz and the Île-aux-Moines.

Its mild, sunny climate, and the beauty of its rugged coastline make the Morbihan a renowned tourist place.

It is discovered by boat or from one of its shores, the Gulf of Morbihan will never cease to amaze you with its changing landscapes, which vary depending on the tide and lights of the time. Thousands of hectares of rocks, beaches, meadows, saline home to nearly 100,000 water birds: stilts, egrets, crested mergansers, gulls...

Gulf discoveries of traditional sailboat "Fal Ben", day or half-day with oyster tasting on board, are available departing from Arradon (Pen Men er) or the Ile aux Moines.

Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
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Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
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Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
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Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
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Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
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Maneuvering at the entrance to the Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
Maneuvering at the entrance to the Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
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Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
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On the port of Saint-Goustan in Auray
On the port of Saint-Goustan in Auray
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Dolmen du Mané-Lud - Locmariaquer (© Jean Espirat)
Dolmen du Mané-Lud - Locmariaquer (© Jean Espirat)
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Dolmen du Mané-Lud (© Jean Espirat)
Dolmen du Mané-Lud (© Jean Espirat)
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Dolmen du Mané-Lud (© Jean Espirat)
Dolmen du Mané-Lud (© Jean Espirat)
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Dolmen du Mané-Lud (© Jean Espirat)
Dolmen du Mané-Lud (© Jean Espirat)
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Dolmen du Mané-Lud (© Jean Espirat)
Dolmen du Mané-Lud (© Jean Espirat)
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Mané-Lud seen from above (© Jean Espirat)
Mané-Lud seen from above (© Jean Espirat)
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Dolmen of flat stones (© Jean Espirat)
Dolmen of flat stones (© Jean Espirat)
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Engraving under the table of the dolmen of flat stones (© JE)
Engraving under the table of the dolmen of flat stones (© JE)
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Dolmen of the Merchants Table (© Jean Espirat)
Dolmen of the Merchants Table (© Jean Espirat)
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Entrance to the Merchants Table (© Jean Espirat)
Entrance to the Merchants Table (© Jean Espirat)
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Entrance to the Merchants Table (© Jean Espirat)
Entrance to the Merchants Table (© Jean Espirat)
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Engraving under the Merchants Table (© Jean Espirat))
Engraving under the Merchants Table (© Jean Espirat))
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The Merchant's Table (© Jean Espirat)
The Merchant's Table (© Jean Espirat)
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The Merchant's Table (© Jean Espirat)
The Merchant's Table (© Jean Espirat)
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Base of the large broken menhir (© Jean Espirat)
Base of the large broken menhir (© Jean Espirat)
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The large broken menhir (© Jean Espirat)
The large broken menhir (© Jean Espirat)
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The large broken menhir (© Jean Espirat)
The large broken menhir (© Jean Espirat)
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The large broken menhir (© Jean Espirat)
The large broken menhir (© Jean Espirat)
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The large broken menhir (© Jean Espirat)
The large broken menhir (© Jean Espirat)
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Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
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Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
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Passage de Gavrinis - Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
Passage de Gavrinis - Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
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Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
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Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
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Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
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Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
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Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
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Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
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Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
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Les 3 frères near the oyster beds - Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
Les 3 frères near the oyster beds - Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
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Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
Gulf of Morbihan (© Frantz)
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Pointe de Pen er Men
Pointe de Pen er Men
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The island Boëdig
The island Boëdig
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Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Guided sea kayak ride in the Gulf of Morbihan
Sports sensations40 € Bono
Sea trip in the Morbihan Gulf and islands
Nature and the great outdoors29 € to 300 € Arradon
Cruise in the Gulf of Morbihan
Nature and the great outdoors25 € Vannes

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