Local area & what's on information
About 15 km's north of us is the medieval town of Ploermel on the shore of the Lac au Duc one of the seats of the Dukes of Brittany. The town has been rebuilt since the war but you can still find parts of the medieval defences and the church remains intact. Ploermel has restaurants, bars, a main post office and shops aplenty. To the north of the town lies the lake which has a manmade sandy beach with swimming area and hire centre for boats windsurfers and canoes etc, these can be hired by the hour or longer if you wish. On the other shore is the 9 hole golf course. Market day is Friday.
Malestroit Church - Malestroit
About 12Km away lies the beautiful medieval town of Malestroit. Historically important due to its role in the 100 year war, the town was built in the Middle Ages on the banks of the River Ouest which now flows through its centre and joins the Nantes-Brest canal where you can hire boats or canoes for the hour or day.
The town has been designated a `Cite Fleurie` during the summer it is decorated from top to bottom with stunning floral displays, live music is held in the town square on Friday nights entry free. Market day is Thursday. Nantes-Brest canal Malestroit
About half hour northeast is Josselin on the banks of the Nantes-Brest Canal , another seat of power from medieval times for the Dukes of Brittany and boasts one of the most impressive chateaux in Brittany as well as a beautiful cathedral. Josselin has restaurants, bars and more tourist type shops where you can buy Breton products such as china and cider as well as curio's. Market day is Saturday and well worth a visit. Josselin centre
Josselin town centre
Ten-fifteen minutes drive takes you to La Gacilly `The Town of the Artisan`. La Gacilly is a Ville-Fleurie (Blooming Town). It's absolutely jam packed with floral displays and must be seen. However, what really sets it apart is its population of sculptors and artists. Most workshops and galleries are open to the public throughout the summer. The small local shops are all stuffed full of objets d`art and interesting curios- all of which are for sale. Boat hire available by the hour.
A beautiful medieval town or “Petite Cite de Caractere” lined with small granite cottages and cobbled streets. There are plenty of shops with traditional items to buy and a good choice of places to eat making it a definite place to see. Rochefort-en-terre church
On the "Golfe du Morbihan" lies the medieval walled city and port of Vannes dating back to pre-roman times and named after the Celtic tribe of the area .Vannes is the capitol of Morbihan and is now a large modern city with all the services you would expect, but still has the medieval defences and buildings intact, sit at one of the café's opposite the marina and soak up the atmosphere . There is a large market on Saturday mornings.
Presque Ile De Rhuys
This forms the southern arm of the "Golfe du Morbihan" helping create the warm waters in the golfe. The southern coast has miles of sandy beaches with pretty villages dotted along it, such as Damgan pictured right. You will also find the impressive castle of Suscinio a one time hunting lodge of the Dukes of Brittany.
The northern coast is more rocky and has fishing hamlets, the main town is Sarzeau with all amenities.
This has the attraction of having one of Frances’ oldest covered wooden market halls “HALLE” and the chapel of St Michel.
On the estuary of the river Loc'h in between Vannes and Lorient is the pretty town of Auray which has a very good market on Mondays. A walk down the hill to the riverfront is worth the effort. You can discover the quayside surrounded by cafe's and restaurant's serving seafood as well as crepes and traditional French cuisine all at reasonable prices.
Just south of Auray on the coast is Carnac with the biggest standing stone site in Europe. The stones are spread out on all sides of the town apart from the southern side where the beautiful sandy beaches are located. The pretty town has plenty of places to eat and drink.
Located at the end of a peninsular is the town of Quiberon which is a very popular resort with miles of sandy beaches and a ferry service to BELLE-ILE-EN- MER the beautiful island.
La Roche de Bernard
Situated at the bottom of a stunning gorge on the river Vilaine, La Roche Bernard was originally a settlement founded by the Vikings in the 10th century and has kept it's strong links with the sea, although now for less violent reasons. Alongside the marina are plenty of cafe's and restaurants and boat trips are run from here during the season.
To the south in the "pays de la Loire" is the medievel city of Guerande with it's 15th century walls still intact, pretty half timbered houses and a stunning Cathedral , the town is close to the coast and the salt flats from which it made it's fortune, the industry is still going today and a ride along the coast will take you between the salt lakes and the sea. Further south is the modern city of St-Nazaire, rebuilt after the war the port has a very good maritime museum, including the U-boat pens and a French submarine.
The ancient forest of "Broceliande" in central Brittany lies just to the North, now called "Paimpont forest" after the main town.
Steeped in legends particularly to do with King Arthur & Merlin, there are loads of good smaller roads winding through the forest leading to pretty villages and places of mystery such as the Valley of no return.
At at the "Chateau de Comper" there is an Arthurien centre where various events are held during the Summer, Paimpont village with it's abbey and lake is in the middle of the forest.
An old fortress town with its Port, steep cobbled streets and leaning buildings. The streets are named after the many different medieval trades that existed and make this an interesting visit.
On the northern coast of Brittany lies the walled city of St Malo, an ancient pirate stronghold and medieval citadel, as well as a modern ferry port with sailings to Portsmouth and the Channel Islands. With its sandy beaches situated below the battlements and endless restaurants serving among other things "fruit du Mer" it is the place for seafood, St Malo is well worth a visit. Along the coast in Normandy is "Mont St Micheal the famous island city cut off at high tide and steeped in history.
Interesting Places to Visit
MUSEE de la RESISTANCE BRETONNE
Found at St Marcel near to Malestroit is this Resistance Museum set on the site of a battle between the Breton Resistance and the German Occupying Forces on the 18th June 1944. This assisted in drawing German troops away from D Day beach heads. Well worth visiting.
LE MANOIR DE L’AUTOMOBILE
A well presented vehicle museum with over 400 different vehicles ranging from veteran cars to Formula 1 Grand Prix with all sorts of memorabilia in between. Not many motorcycles but still worth a visit.
LE GRAND BLOCKHAUS
In the small coastal town of Batz-Sur-Mer in the "Pays de le Loire" there is a surviving German command post from the Atlantic wall defences, now turned into a very good museum with 5 levels of rooms authentically restored with weapons, uniforms and models.
LE PORT DE ST-NAZAIRE
In the port of the modern city of St- Nazaire on the river Loire, there are the surviving U-Boat pens along with a French submarine the "Espadon" and a virtual trip on an ocean liner, altogether making a very good museum. St-Nazaire along with Lorient both important u-boat bases were the last German pockets to surrender after the fall of Berlin.