The heart of Brittany

Lorient Bretagne Sud is ideally located in the heart of South Brittany. Choosing to stay here is also a way to discover the most famous sites in Brittany. You can get there by car, train, bus, boat…

You will love the variety of Breton landscapes, towns, atmospheres, etc.

Between the sea and the forest, here are some suggestions for excursions for a half-day, a full day or more if you want.

Lagure ovale à Hoëidc.

A half-day excursion

Le Port de Doëlan le soir.
©Finistère Tourisme. Le Port de Doëlan.
Le Faouët, site de la chapelle Sainte-Barbe et son escalier de granit monumental.
© Donatienne GUILLAUDEAU -CRTB. Le Faouët, site de la chapelle Sainte-Barbe.

Pont-Aven, Quimperlé and Doëlan

Art in all its glory. Head to Pont-Aven, its school of painting, Gauguin and its galleries. In Quimperlé, stroll through the narrow, cobbled streets of this city of Art and History.

Mandatory photo stop: the pretty little port of Doëlan, in South Finistère.

Le Faouët

Want some greenery in Bretagne centre? Let yourself be charmed by the religious heritage and traditions in Le Faouët, a small characterful town in the Pays du Roi Morvan. Le Faouët is also known for its covered market, its art museum and as a starting point for the circuit of chapels, including the picturesque chapelle St Barbe.

Ria d’Etel, Saint-Cado
and Saint-Goustan in Auray

Fancy some oysters, sea air and seafood? Head to the Ria d’Etel and its oyster beds. Discover the most famous postcard view in Brittany: Saint Cado and the little house with the blue shutters. A treat? Try a crepe in the little Port of Saint Goustan in Auray.

And take a last breath of fresh air at the entrance to the Ria d’Etel, in Etel, where small restaurants and bars await.

A day of exploration

Les alignements vus du ciel, Carnac.
©Marc SCNAFFER-Morbihan Tourisme. Les alignements vus du ciel, Carnac.

The best of South Brittany: Carnac and Quiberon

Discover the Quiberon peninsula, take a walk along the clifftop on the côte sauvage, with a view over Belle-Île-en-Mer. On the way, stop at the wondrous largest megalithic site in the world, with more than 3,000 menhirs in Carnac.

L'île de Berder dans le Golfe du Morbihan.
© Marc SCHNAFFER - Morbihan Tourisme. L'île de Berder dans le Golfe du Morbihan.

The Golfe du Morbihan, one of the most beautiful bays in the world

How could you miss one of the most beautiful bays in the world; the Golfe du Morbihan and its string of little islands. Take the opportunity to stroll through the old town of Vannes, classified City of Art and History, very popular with lovers of medieval cities, with centuries-old, cobbled streets.

Crique sur l'île d'Hoëdic,.
© Marc SCHNAFFER - Morbihan Tourisme. Crique sur l'île d'Hoëdic,.

Ah the islands !

Dreamy destinations: the islands. Belle-Ile, Houat, Hoëdic, in the east In the Golfe du Morbihan, the île aux Moines, île d’Arz... in the west, the Glénan islands, all with that special dreamlike island quality. Let yourself be charmed and embark any time of year.

Tip: book your cruise with the Lorient Bretagne Sud Tourist Offices.

L'épée Excalibur en forêt de Brocéliande.
©Morbihan Tourisme. L'épée Excalibur en forêt de Brocéliande.

The Legendary Forest of Broceliande

Step into the Legend of King Arthur and learn the story of Merlin the Enchanter and Morgan la Fée in the forest of Broceliande.

Place Terre au Duc à Quimper.
© Simon BOURCIER - CRTB. Place Terre au Duc à Quimper.

Finistere, Penn Ar Bed in breton

Fancy Finistère? Between the porcelain of Quimper and its cathedral, the medieval city of Locronan, the walled city of Concarneau and its port-museum, relive the mythical history of Cornouaille.

Le village de Rochefort en Terre.
© Marc SCHNAFFER - Morbihan Tourisme. Le village de Rochefort en Terre.

Rochefort en Terre and La Gacilly

Visit Rochefort en Terre, favourite village of the French, a jewel of the Morbihan department. It’s best to do stroll around in the morning.

Then discover another village popular with the French, La Gacilly, the birthplace of Yves Rocher and the famous photography festival.

Along the Way

Let the wind carry you to sites on the ocean…  Nature’s masterpieces, buffeted by the wind and the seas, Mont Saint-Michel, the peninsula of Crozon and the Pointe du Raz, classified Grand Site de France … should all be seen at least once in a lifetime.

Unless you’d rather an urban getaway… which one to choose? Saint-Malo the pirate city and its ramparts? Historical Nantes and its island populated by strange animated machines,  Maritime Brest and Océanopolis or the capital Rennes and its festival Trans Musicales?

And all this within a stone’s throw of Lorient Bretagne Sud !

Eclairage sur le Mont Saint-Michel, de Nuit.
© CRTB. Éclairage sur le Mont Saint-Michel, de Nuit.
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