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The Megalithic Stones of Morbihan

The Megalithic Stones of Morbihan

By car, 200 km, 3 days

Mysterious and fascinating Morbihan: where will you find its true identity? In its extraordinary collection of standing stones, its mild climate or the bracing and invigorating spray of the Quiberon peninsula?

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56000 Vannes (France)

56000 Vannes
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Lices Square  

Pl. des Lices 56000 Vannes
Architecture, castles and historic districts

Breton fights and tournaments took place here in 1532 to celebrate the union of Brittany with France and this square's name evokes this event. Saint Vincent Ferrier came here in 1418 to address the crowds, thus the saint's statue rests in a turret house.

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Cairn de Gavrinis   Worth a detour Worth a detour

56870 Larmor-Baden
Archaeological and historical sites

Built on the Isle of Gavrinis some five thousand years ago, this tumulus is one of the most interesting megalithic monuments in Brittany. It is made of stones piled on a hillock and is 6m high and 50m in diameter. A 14m-long covered gallery, made of 9 cap stones resting on 23 carved supports, leads to a small funeral chamber (2.5m x 2.5m)which is roofed in by a single granite slab resting on supports covered with carvings.

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St-Goustan's Quarter   Interesting

R. Neuve 56400 Auray
Architecture, castles and historic districts

You can admire beautiful 15C dwellings around St. Sauveur Square and on the uphill lanes of this charming port. The paving stones date from when St-Goustan was the third most important port in Brittany. The Benjamin Franklin Quay reminds us that in 1776, this illustrious American, who was in charge of negotiating a treaty with France, arrived at Auray, since head winds had prevented his ship The Reprisal, from sailing back to Nantes. The house he stayed at, nº 8, has a commemorative plaque.

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Locmariaquer megaliths   Worth a detour Worth a detour

D 781 56740 Locmariaquer
Archaeological and historical sites

Numerous Neolithic monuments are located on this site. The first monument is the broken Great Menhir, a monolith which once stood 20m high and weighed 48t. This menhir was the pivot for a 50m alignment. The Merchant's Table is a funerary chamber preceded by a 7m corridor. The site also includes the Er Grah tumulus, which is estimated to have been 170m long.

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Le Menec alignments   Worth a detour Worth a detour

D 196 56340 Carnac
Archaeological and historical sites

These alignments date from around the mid-Neolithic era (3 000 BC). They stretch over a distance of 1 160m and a width of 100m, and include 1 099 menhirs arranged in 11 lines; the tallest is 4m in height. They stand in a southeast/northeast orientation. A cromlech (semicircle) can be found at each end: one has 70 menhirs, the other (badly damaged) has just 25.

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56470 La Trinité-sur-Mer (France)

56470 La Trinité-sur-Mer
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Côte Sauvage   Worth a journey Worth a journey Worth a journey

56360 Belle-Île
Nature and gardens

From ports to beaches, you will enjoy Sauzon, a small port dotted with sailing boats, the Pointe des Poulains, where Fort Sarah Bernhardt is located near to the home of the famous tragic actress. The sandy beach and rolling sea at Port Donnant are enclosed by high cliffs. Stops are also recommended at the Grand Phare (lighthouse with a magnificent panoramic view from its balcony), the curious mass of rocks at Port Goulphar, and at the Aiguilles de Port Coton one of the most spectacular attractions the coast has to offer.

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Château de Josselin   Worth a detour Worth a detour

R. du Canal 56120 Josselin
Architecture, castles and historic districts

On the west side of this fortress, its four towers and their machicolations, its windows and its skylights tower over the walls, once part of the palace built in 16C by Jean II. Today, only the foundations remain of the original walls of the château built on a terrace. But from the Pont de Ste-Croix (bridge), there is a view of the "prison-tower" and the façade of the main building. This facade is unique in Brittany due to its granite sculptures. Only the ground floor, restored in the 19C is open to visitors.

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Poul-Fétan (France)

Poul-Fétan
Visit Josselin and you can make a stop at this spot that is a reconstruction of a typical Breton village of yesteryear. Open In Spring and Summer; entry fee applies.
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56370 Suscinio (France)

56370 Suscinio
Make sure you visit the very beautiful château built at the end of the Middle Ages
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56640 Port-Navalo (France)

56640 Port-Navalo

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