Amidst the moors and woods, Rochefort-en-Terre, standing on a rocky spur, is one of the most beautiful villages in France. Everywhere, geraniums and ivy beautify the stone with their colourful flowers. Every detail is cared for here. With cobbled streets and stylised shop signs, the town is like a jewel in the middle of Morbihan. Look upwards at the corbelled houses on the charming Place du Puits and Rue Saint-Michel. In summer, the old town is completely pedestrianised. It’s a true delight.
Built in the 12th century, Rochefort-en-Terre castle was destroyed three times and is now but a ruin. But in the early 20th century, the American painter Alfred Klots transformed the outbuildings into a manor house and then made the village a meeting place for artists.
Off the beaten tracks
The best way to fully appreciate the site is to take a casual stroll in the morning. In the afternoon, to escape the crowds, head to the shores of Moulin Neuf lake for a walk that goes around Rochefort-en-Terre. It should take two hours to walk the six kilometres along the yellow-marked path.