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Campsite in Morbihan, discover the "little sea"

Belle Ile en mer
Belle Ile en mer

Belle-Ile en mer, the alignments of Carnac, the small port of Saint-Goustan d'Auray, the Quiberon peninsula, the Forest of Brocéliande, are just some of the reasons that might make you want to come and spend your holidays in Morbihan, in addition to the 264 campsites spread throughout the department.

In the south of Brittany, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Morbihan is to be discovered for the diversity of its landscapes, its islands situated in the gulf and the beautiful surprises that this department reserves for as long as you go inland, especially as more than 250 campsites are spread over the whole department.

The sea and its islands

In Breton, Morbihan means "little sea". It is not a coincidence, so much this department is placed under the sign of the ocean. It is the Gulf of Morbihan and the islands which dot it like Belle Ile en Mer, Groix or Ile aux Moines. It is also the peninsula of Quiberon and its fabulous landscapes which you can discover on foot or by bicycle by taking the path which goes all around the peninsula.

Belle Ile en Mer is the second largest island in the Atlantic after Oleron, located south of Morbihan in the Brittany region. It will make the lovers of nature and preserved landscapes happy. Here, discover the needles of Port Coton, the beach of Donnant, the port of Sauzon and the Pointe des Poulains.

Beautiful Island at sea and its wild coast in Brittany
Beautiful Island at sea and its wild coast in Brittany© Adobe Stock

To the north-west of Belle Ile en Mer, the island of Groix is accessible by boat from Port-Louis and Lorient. At the water's edge, it offers you a different panorama on each beach, wild or cultivated. You have to stroll through the streets to catch a glimpse of the pretty colourful facades. The bicycle will take you to Port-Tudy, on the red garnet beaches, discover the megaliths, the natural reserves of Pen Men and the Pointe des Chats which will enchant you.

Beach of Groix Island
Beach of Groix Island© Adobe Stock

Ile aux Moines is the largest island in the Gulf of Morbihan, it can be reached all year round in 5 minutes from Port-Blanc or Baden. It is called the "pearl of the Gulf" and its charm is felt as soon as you arrive at the landing stage. A decor made of hydrangeas, wisteria and mimosas along the 7 kilometres of coastline. Here, you can enjoy the "Grande Plage" and its pretty cabins, you can stroll with your family in the alleys of the "Grimpette", you can taste oysters at the water's edge which is never far away. We also go for a bike ride on the paths strewn with megaliths and we marvel at the superb view that the island offers on the Gulf of Morbihan.

The beach huts of Ile aux Moines
The beach huts of Ile aux Moines© Adobe Stock

The bay of Quiberon, with the Gulf of Morbihan, is part of the very closed club of the most beautiful bays in the world... Just that! We can only advise you to explore the wild coast, appreciated for its green expanses, cliffs and dunes, the exceptional panorama offered by the Isthmus of Penthièvre with the ocean on one side and the Bay of Quiberon on the other. But also the port of La Trinité sur Mer, a real open-air museum with a walk on the Eric Tabarly pier and on the quays to admire a maxi trimaran and the monohulls or multihulls of the great sailors. Or one of the most beautiful megalithic sites in the world, that of the seaside resort of Carnac. Stroll through the rows of fields dotted with thousands of menhirs erected more than 3000 years before J.C. and classified as Historic Monuments. The sanctuary of Sainte-Anne d'Auray is one of the most admirable in the region. You will discover the magnificent stained glass windows of the Sainte-Anne basilica, not forgetting the cloister behind the basilica, the oldest monument in the town. Finally, for those who are more interested in sporting activities, hiking or mountain biking will be perfectly suited to exploring the Camors forest. With its many megaliths, it holds some pretty surprises in store for you, as the legend says it was once the domain of Bluebeard!

The wild coast of Quiberon Bay
The wild coast of Quiberon Bay© Adobe Stock

Earth and stones

Saint Goustan in Auray
Saint Goustan in Auray© Cdt Morbihan

Turn your back to the sea and go inland. Lose yourself in the small streets of Faouët or Josselin. Stop off in Pontivy, a small town bordered on one side by the Nantes-Brest canal and on the other by the Blavet canal and dominated by its castle. In Morbihan, as in the whole of Brittany, lovers of old stones and small towns with a very medieval atmosphere will not know where to set their eyes. One only has to mention Vannes, its ramparts and its old houses, or even more so Auray and its small port of Saint-Goustan where the walker expects to see Benjamin Franklin disembark any minute...

Magic and legend

Broceliande Forest
Broceliande Forest© Cdt Morbihan

If there is a land of tales and legends, it is Brittany in general and Morbihan in particular. Two places full of history... and stories, tend to prove it: the Forest of Brocéliande and the alignments of Carnac. The Forest of Brocéliande is the setting for the quest for the Grail by the Knights of the Round Table and the legend of King Arthur and is said to have been the home of the loves of Merlin and the fairy Viviane. As for the alignments of Carnac, even today we are still lost in conjecture about their meaning, a funerary site, a celebration of the sun? No one really knows. It is not certain that the explanation read in an Asterix album is the right one. "It is said that in this field only pebbles can grow, so we might as well justify it! ».

Alignments of Carnac
Alignments of Carnac© Cdt

Gourmet food

The fresh air and the visits are good, it keeps you busy during the day... but it's a bit boring. Don't worry, Morbihan is also a land of gastronomy. Between the pancakes and galettes, the very... dietetic Kouign Amann, the Andouillette de Guéméné, seafood, oysters from the Gulf, there will be something for you, this little extra which will make your stay in Morbihan unforgettable and will only make you want to... come back!


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