Southern Brittany - Morbihan Gulf

  • Golfe du Morbihan
  • Saint-Goustan
  • Gavrinis

Enjoy the gentle pace of life on the Gulf’s islands, discover megalithic secrets and half-timbered houses, experience the thrills of ocean racing, picnic at the isle of Groix on the deck of a traditional sailboat, and take a stroll along the banks of the Blavet and Scorff rivers. Southern Brittany-Gulf of Morbihan offers experiences you’ll never forget!

Unmissable sites

Port-Louis - Citadelle


A short and pleasant boat trip across the bay of Lorient, Port-Louis is worth...
Alignements de Carnac


Carnac is known throughout the world for its unique rows of ancient standing...
Château de Suscinio à vélo

Suscinio and the Rhuys Peninsula

On the temperate east side of the Gulf of Morbihan, the Rhuys Peninsula has...
Les Forges d'Hennebont


A towering 16th-century spire rockets up above the remaining medieval rampart...
le port de Saint-Goustan


Once one of the busiest ports in Brittany, picture-perfect St-Goustan is now...


In the Gulf of Morbihan, the small uninhabited island of Gavrinis is home to...
Plage à Groix


At 4.3 miles (7 km) long by 1.8 miles (3 km) wide, Île de Groix is Brittany’s...
Ile de Saint-Cado sur la rivière d'Etel, Belz

Saint-Cado et la ria d'Etel

Half way between Lorient and Quiberon, the Étel river flows inland like an ou...

Belle-Ile, the 'beautiful isle'

Belle-Île, 9 miles (15km) off the coast of the Gulf of Morbihan, is Brittany’...
Port de La Roche-Bernard

La Roche-Bernard

Between Vannes and Nantes, the fortified village of La Roche-Bernard has domi...


High above the River Arz, Rochefort-en-Terre has been voted one of France’s m...
Le port


Lorient, a relatively new town founded in the 17th century, has fragments of...
Vannes - illuminations de Noël


The walled town of Vannes is without doubt one of Brittany’s most attractive...
Empilements de galets, presqu'ile de Quiberon


Jutting out into the sea for 9 miles (14km) and just 72ft (22m) wide at its n...
Randonnée à Houat

Houat and Hoëdic

Northeast of Belle-Île, the islands of Houat and Hoëdic are the perfect place...

The Île aux Moines and the Gulf of Morbihan

In the temperate south of Brittany, the Gulf of Morbihan has been described a...



Island hopping

Around Belle-île, Brittany’s largest island, your route will be dotted with colourful ports, sheltered beaches and spectacular cliffs. The islands of Houat and Hoëdic, natural paradises surrounded by lagoon-blue water, will appeal to your inner Robinson Crusoe. On the isle of Groix, climb the coastal path to discover a rare convex beach, a sandy headland jutting out into sea. In the Gulf, enjoy the gentle pace of life on the ’île aux Moines (Monks’ Island) and ’île d’Arz. Take to the skies for unbeatable views!

Bretagne sud - Golfe du Morbihan — Carte
Mégalithes de Carnac

Megaliths mark the way!

Visit Carnac to see a spectacular display of standing stones. The rows of 3,000menhirscover 1 km of open heathland with a museum nearby where you can discover their secrets. Extend your journey back in time with a visit to another of the area’s megalithic sites. In Locmariaquer, the Grand Menhir Brisé and the Table des Marchands passage grave stand facing the Gulf. Don’t miss the curious engravings inside the ‘Petit Mont’ (‘Little Mountain’) cairn in Arzon or inside the imposing cairn on the island of Gavrinis. Fascinating!


The beauty of nature in an unspoiled setting

The whole of the Gulf of Morbihan is a regional natural park. The Séné, Saint-Armel and Suscinio marshes are remarkable for their flora and birdlife. If you like rocky landscapes, you’ll love the Grand-Mont cliffs on the Rhuys peninsula, the cliffs on the isle of Groix and along the wild coastline of the Quiberon peninsula, known as the Côte Sauvage. Head to Gâvres-Quiberon and the river Etel to walk in the dunes. The landscape to the west of Lorient is a mix of sand, heath and marshland, while the river Blavet, running through meadows and woodland, will take you from blue to green and from thistle to oak. 

Château de Suscinio

A heritage steeped in history

What if you could travel back in time to the 15th century? Welcome to Suscinio, a fairytale castle with views over the sea. In Vannes and Hennebont, head inside the town walls to learn about their colourful pasts. Saint-Goustan’s quays and Port-Louis’ citadelle (fort) bear the marks of a rich maritime history. For something more intimate and to find out more about life in the region, visit the harbours at Port du Logeo and Port-Navalo. In Rochefort-en-Terre and Pont-Scorff, 21st century designers and artists bring to life 16th and 17th century houses. For a return to the 20th and 21st centuries, head to Lorient and its submarine base.

Jacuzzi — Sofitel Quiberon

Thalassos, a source of well-being

Here, the thalassotherapy centres open onto the sea and blue skies. At the Carnac Thalasso & Spa Resort, nestled between the salt marshes and the beach, follow the aquatic trail with its energising jets - the seawater is a constant 30°C, even in the open air! The setting of the Sofitel Quiberon Thalassa Sea & Spa, at the tip of the peninsula, is simply majestic. Looking out to sea, the Miramar Crouesty Resort, reminiscent of a cruise liner, is dedicated to fitness. Let the natural benefits of seawater wash over you.

Presqu'île de Rhuys à vélo

A route to relaxation and discovery

Running along the coastline, the GR34 footpath is a wonderful way to discover secret beaches and the wildness of the coast. Circuits connecting the islands and peninsulas add variety to the routes. In the countryside, the GR38 offers a greener landscape. On two wheels you can cycle along the estuaries on the Velodyssey® network and greenways. Mountain bikers can take on the valleys of La Roche-Bernard and Questembert. You can stay in the saddle, but on a horse, on the EquiBreizh trails. Feeling brave? Why not try the tree-top adventure trails? There’s something for everyone!

Surf à Guidel

The home of watersports

Friendly clubs, sheltered or windswept bays, surfing hotspots, small islands to sail around - you can have lots of fun out on the water! At the watersports centre in Vannes or the Centre de Kerguelen in Lorient you can try sailing for sport or for pleasure. This region’s deep connection with sailing can be experienced at the ‘Pôle Course au Large’ ocean racing centre in Lorient and on the Gulf’s traditional fishing boats, the sinago. To get closer to the rocks, you need a paddle board or kayak. Surfers and kite-surfers glide through the waves in Quiberon and Guidel. It’s time to get on the water!

Festival interceltique de Lorient

Join the party, you choose which one!

In August, the Lorient Interceltique Festival is guaranteed to get you dancing with its concerts,bagadou(Breton pipe bands) andFest-Noz(‘night party’). In Vannes, the Jazz Festival sets the tone, and the Fêtes Historiques take you on a journey back in time to the Middle Ages. There are plenty of sailing festivals too, the Volvo Ocean Race in Lorient, Spi Ouest France in Trinité-sur-Mer and the Mille Sabords show in Crouesty. The traditional love of sailing is on display during the week-long Semaine du Golfe regatta. For an extra adrenaline rush, try the Morbihan Paddle Trophy or the Ultra Marine Raid!

Parc à huitres — Baden

A feast for the eyes and the taste buds

Hungry? Make a stop at Viviers de Banastère or the huts at Pencadénic to meet enthusiastic oyster farmers and sample the delicacies. Leave room in your basket for smoked salmon as well as the local cheese (Tome de Rhuys) and biscuits. Add a pinch of Saint-Armel salt or Kari Gosse, a blend of Indian inspired spices unique to Lorient. In Quiberon, don’t miss the Maison Lucas smokehouse, ‘Niniches’ (sweets), the jams at La Cour d’Orgères and Conserverie Belle-Îloise. Bon-appétit!

Leave your worries behind!

Here, fishing is an important part of life. Quays bustle with the returning boats - Port-Anna, in the Gulf, is a good spot to watch this spectacle. In Lorient, you can get in amongst the action at a fish auction. For something a bit more relaxed, join the shellfish gatherers on the shores in Penthièvre or Penvins or one of the more secluded spots that the locals would rather keep a secret! The rivers are bursting with fish too. Follow the salmon migration from the banks of the river Scorff or try your luck in the Blavet. See what you catch!

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