Welcome to Morbihan
Welcome to a department of contrasts in which you will be able to do everything you want. The tourist offer here is so wide that it can adapt to any kind of traveller and will allow you to have a perfect holiday.
The capital of this region is Vannes, an area closely linked to the water with many ports at your disposal to visit, which is why this region is known as the “Little Sea” (translation of the term Mor Bihan), and which has one of the best panoramic views you can imagine.
For nature lovers, there is a Regional Natural Park where you can discover the typical vegetation, the birds, and where you will be able to enjoy numerous important places for its patrimony, as well as to enjoy the best gastronomy that you can imagine.
Explore the region
If you want to enjoy tranquillity and beautiful landscapes, there is nothing like embarking on a trip through French territory from the department of Morbihan, which has a wide range of activities, places to visit, and places full of charm for all types of travellers.
As for its location, it should be noted that it is within the region of Brittany, where it will be the Gulf of Morbihan, which will welcome you with the best landscapes.
Its capital is Vannes, and the territory is full of small islands like Belle Îlle en Mer, which is the biggest one in the whole region, or Groix, both of which are bathed by the Atlantic.
Its location makes it one of the main producers of oysters, a product well known by its inhabitants, who make have made it an essential part in their gastronomy. Moreover, it is an ideal place for nature lovers who will find here many perfect spots for birdwatching.
About the region of Morbihan
Without a doubt, it is an ideal destination for you to enjoy a very complete rural touristic experience in which you will discover the magic of its heritage, a heritage that will take you through history, and with which you will be able to rest in any of its cities and towns.
You can't miss the famous Gulf of Morbihan, where you will find one of the most beautiful bays in the world. And it's not just us or the locals that say so, but because that it is officially recognized as much.
Seize the opportunity and enjoy the typical dish in the area: oysters. Those from this area have an unbeatable quality, and you will be able to delight your tastebuds with their pure taste of the sea.
However, if you prefer to discover its heritage more in depth, the city of Auray is one of the most fresh and varied spaces in the department, being France’s City of Art and History par excellence. Saint Goustan and its harbour, a very well-known and lively district, the Dukes' castle, declared Historical Heritage, and its station are waiting for you.
These are just some of the things you will be able to visit, there are many more, such as Vannes, Guérande and the Briere Natural Park and, with them, many secrets to be discovered!
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Where to sleep in Morbihan
Any place is good to enjoy a restoring break and to let yourself be surprised by the wonderful environment that Morbihan has, where you can enjoy the most of its changing landscapes and many contrasts.
A good starting point could be the village of Kérhinet, a small and traditional village where you can enjoy the experience of living much like they did here in the past. It only has one inn, so we recommend that you hurry if you want to book a room, although you can also stay for the night it in one of the surrounding villages, and come one day to visit their traditional huts.
Another good destination is the capital, Vannes, where you will find a much wider range of hotels, rural houses, tourist accommodation or apartments to spend a few days in the centre of this region.
Auray, the most dynamic city of all, invites you to learn about the traditional art of this area, and there is also a station, which means so you don't have to necessarily take the car.
What to do in Morbihan
There are a lot of things that can be done in this department, a plan for every occasion is waiting for you just around the corner.
If you want to enjoy their typical local produce for yourself, there are plenty of tours, such as Au Rythme des Marées that show you the whole elaboration process and different types of oysters that can be found in the gulf of this department on a boat trip that you will love.
Visiting the city hall with and the Auray square, and getting to know the famous 11th century castle are two of the plans you cannot forget, along with a walk around the port, where you will find that coastal essence that is so typical of the area.
In the capital, you will also be able to discover more about the history of Morbihan in its fortifications, in the district of Saint Patren where the church is located. Inside the walls, the original wooden houses will trap you up in their essence, and the Museum of History and Archaeology will also help showing you their magic.
Kérhinet is a very small village that you can visit on foot and it is also very close to the Briere Regional Nature Park, perfect for a family day trip.
What to eat
We have spoken at various times about one of Morbihan's star products, which is oysters. Its privileged location means that you can enjoy this exclusive delicacy with great ease. In fact, this area produces 10% of the oysters that are consumed in Spain.
But not everything is going to be about fish, and in this area, you can also taste the Andouille de Guémené, which is a sausage that is smoked in oak or beech wood.
To finish the menu with something sweet, you have a lot of options, starting with the kouign-amann cake, as well the traditional crêpes and galettes.
If you travel with children, they will love the salted butter candies, which create a very striking contrast between sweet and salty. But if you are more into sweetness without mixing flavours, the snack for you is the Quiberon niniche, a long lollipop full of flavour.
The tradition of this department, and therefore its festivals, are closely linked to the sea, and to the gastronomy.
One of the most important events in Morbihan is La Semaine du Golfe, which is already internationally recognized, and which takes place in what is known as the Little Sea.
The festival is held every two years on Ascension Day, and it is such a popular event that you need to pre-register in order to participate in the event from the inside. It consists of the sailing off of more than a thousand classic boats that sail for days through the different harbours, and the festival is transferred to the sea in an incomparable setting!
The second of the main events in this department is the Interceltique Lorient Festival, which is celebrated in its homonymous city with the main purpose of spreading and celebrating Celtic culture in all its aspects. It has been held since 1971 and lasts for 10 days in August and is one of the largest representations of this culture worldwide, where music, dance and traditions of all kinds are exhibited.