The port city of Lorient is located amid green valleys at the mouth of the Blavet and Scorff rivers, in Morbihan.
The town began its expansion in 1666, following the creation of the French East India Company (La Compagnie des Indes) by Colbert, in Port-Louis. After that, it developed thanks to commerce, maritime activity and military shipbuilding. Hit hard by bombing during the Second World War, Lorient was rebuilt in the 50s. Its architectural heritage includes beautiful 18th-century mansions, the Quai des Indes dock, houses from the 30s, the port enclosure and the Gabriel mansion, reminders of the French East India Company.
On a guided tour you can explore Keroman Submarine Base, the biggest 20th-century fortress designed to contain U-boats.
Other sights include the Flore submarine and its museum area, as well as the Éric Tabarly Sailing Museum, where you can explore the world of sailing and sea racing.
Lorient also hosts an internationally renowned Celtic music festival: the Interceltique festival, which organises its big parade of Celtic nations every August. A great atmosphere is guaranteed, with concerts, bagads, bagpipes and fest-noz!
Located in the heart of Southern Brittany, in the Morbihan department Lorient, its location allows to radiate easily in Brittany, thanks to its access to the expressway (N165) Free.
Lorient, city of art and history, preserves in its name the prestigious Remember distant epics of the East India Company. It is famous for its maritime history, nautical dynamism, its roads, its Interceltique festival. Rebuilt after World War II as the architectural model years 1956 to 1960, Lorient stands today as a city full of attractions, modern, lively and warm.
Lorient is the city to five ports: military port, marina, fishing port (the second in France), trade port, passenger port. The former base in conversion submarines integrates a center "off course" and in 2008 opened the Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly: the sixth port Lorient.
A little history: The East was born in 1666, when the East India Company, founded by Colbert in 1664, moved to Port Louis.
Gastronomic specialties are related to the sea, including the Cotriade (plate of fish and potatoes), langoustines, lobster...
The Interceltic Festival Lorient early August are opened every year in the world by receiving the representatives of the Celtic culture from the four corners of the planet. From Canada to Australia, they are all there to participate in the great gathering interceltique. The Quai des Indes at the fishing port, the convention center at the Grand Theatre and Stade du Moustoir, over 200 events, many free concerts, joyfully alive ten days of the festival.