Out and about in the Morbihan


There are markets to visit in the Morbihan every day of the week. Most are mornings only and vary in size and interest according to the time of year and location.

AURAY has a large market all day and in season a huge carousel dominates the town square. It has a good shopping centre.

From the market square in Auray, a walk down a steep cobbled street leads you to Port St. Goustain (shown below) – Auray's old town and harbour – worth a visit.

PONTIVY – once known as Napoleonville, is a town of two faces. The old market area shows its medieval history in contrast to the "new town" built as a base by Napoleon. The river Blavet forms part of the Nantes/Brest canal.

JOSSELIN – situated on the river Oust and one of the finest medieval castles in Brittany. English speaking guided tours are given mid July to end of August.

RIVER BLAVET – provides boat trips, canoeing, walking, fishing and cycling.

QUIBERON – the Quiberon Peninsular is famous for its exposed Atlantic coast – the Cote Sauvage with its rocky bays, but the east side and Quiberon itself is sheltered with fine sandy beaches. Boat trips from Quiberon take you to Belle-Ile (beautiful island) and other islands in the Golfe du Morbihan. You can take your car on the ferry or hire one on the island. Bikes can also be hired.

VANNES – a popular town on the Gulf of Morbihan with well preserved old quarter (below) full of character and surrounded by 13th century ramparts which you can stroll around and get a fine view of the old town and gardens. Several restaurants provide a good view over the modern marina.

SUSCINIO CASTLE – on the southern edge of the Golfe de Morbihan. Built in the 13th – 15th century. Greatly restored and now a museum, a visit would form part of a great day out along the Rhuys Penisular with plenty of walks and beaches between it and Port Navalo (below) on its furthest tip.

CARNAC – megaliths, standing stones, dolmens and tumuli abound in Brittany, but never more so than here. More than 3000 stones, known as alignments, stretch across the area around Carnac. The St. Michel Tumulus, a Bronze Age long barrow containing burial chambers can be explored with a guide. The Lines of Menac and megaliths at Locmariaquer are also worth a visit. Neighbouring Carnac-Plage is a modern resort with a fine beach bordered by a scattering of pine trees, hotels and villas.

Another place to visit is HUELGOAT – an amazing jumble of giant rocks at the end of a lake into which the river disappears beneath them to reappear further down the gorge. A walk between these gigantic rocks takes you down paths to a wilderness with different spectacles on the way. At the base of the gorge, forest walks and a cafe/restaurant await you.

BROCELIANDE – the Forest of Paimpont is reputed to be the mysterious Broceliande of Arthurian legend. It contains megaliths erected about 3000 BC. At Trehorenteuc there is some really good walking and Horse Trekking routes. In the forest there is a sculptured area featuring a golden tree (shown right).

Extra Swimming Pool in Pontivy

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Indoor Pool includes two jacuzzis, a toddler pool, a 14 metre shallow pool, a 25 metre laned pool with aqua bikes. Sun terrace, flume. Sauna and beauty treatments available.

The address is Parc d'Activities de Pont-er-Mohr, 56300 Pontivy.
Telephone 0297 289797. Opening hours are
Mon, Wed Thurs
12pm-8pm, Tuesday and Friday
12pm - 10 pm,
Saturday 2pm - 6pm and Sunday 10am - 6pm.

Cost 5 euros per adult. Men and boys must wear speedo type swimming gear.