900km of sandy and rocky coastlines, southfacing so perfect conditions for soaking up the sun, a gulf dotted with islands and islets which are among the most beautiful bays in the world, pretty fishing harbours and villages, welcoming locals who have plenty of stories to tell. Located in southern Brittany, the Morbihan surprises for its wild coast, mild climate and relaxing way of life. From the flowery villages where the majestic stone houses of La Gacilly and Rochefort-en-Terre stand, to the immense expanses of white sand of Groix and Belle-Île-en-Mer, not forgetting the menhirs of Carnac and the legends surrounding the forest of Brocéliande. Morbihan is a multifaceted land, a great place to get lost to better find yourself.
To see and do in Morbihan
If you have just got the keys to your fully equipped mobile home or pitched your tent at La Plage campsite in Damgan, southern Brittany, then discover 8 activities and must-sees in Morbihan:
Carnac and its standing stones: The megalithic site of Carnac is home to the largest concentration of menhirs and dolmens in the world. These gigantic stones, whose significance remains a mystery, stretch over 4km and were placed there between 5000 and 6000 years ago.
Boat trip around the Gulf of Morbihan: This navigable inland sea is an invitation to leave dry land. Several companies offer boat trips departing from Vannes, Auray, Port-Navalo, Baden and Locmariaquer, stopping off on some of the larger islands in the gulf. You may not have time to tour around the 40 islands and islets but you will have time to take a dip and admire the stunning coastal scenery.
Lorient Interceltic Festival: Undoubtedly one of the biggest events in Brittany along with Les Vieilles Charrues music festival, and one of the best ways to immerse yourself in Breton culture. Lorient Interceltic Festival takes place every year in August. Ten days of excitement, concerts and entertainment during which this Breton town becomes the world capital of celtic heritage.
Boat trip to an island: Belle-Île, Groix, île aux Moines, Arz, Hoëdic, Houat… A holiday in Morbihan would be incomplete without a trip to an island, which runs the length of the Atlantic coast. Popular with tourists, crossings to the islands run regularly, especially in peak season with several departures a day.
Explore Vannes: It’s port, embedded in the town, its castle and imposing ramparts add to the charm of this pretty town. Strolling around Vannes before a gourmet break to eat a crêpe or galette (pancakes) is to reconcile medieval and maritime heritage. As you wander around the streets lined with half-timbered houses, look out for the intriguing stone sign “Vannes and his wife”.
Visit Rochefort-en-Terre: Narrow cobbled streets, half-timbered houses, elegant window displays and all around you, stone and flowers. This town of character, one of the prettiest in France, has put all its ingredients together to show it off at its best. The result is spectacular.
Indulge in a spa treatment: The many thalassotherapy centres dotted along the Breton coast make the most of the healing and beneficial properties of the sea. The first thalassotherapy centre was in fact built in Quiberon in Morbihan in 1964. What would you say to a body scrub or a seaweed wrap before a session in the jacuzzi to admire the seaview?
Step through the doors of Suscinio castle: Just behind the beautiful beach of Sarzeau stands Suscinio castle, a medieval fortress which was very well restored whilst retaining its original layout. Admire its towers and keep and make the most of your visit to explore the Rhuys peninsula.
Where to enjoy a walk in Morbihan
Beaches, islands, towns: Discover our selection of the best walks to enjoy in Morbihan during your holiday in in Damgan.
Brocéliande: The Valley of No Return, the Golden Tree, Comper castle and Paimpont abbey… plunge into the magical forest of the Korrigans where the legends of Merlin, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table live on.
Carnac: gateway to the Quiberon peninsula, Carnac is above all famous for its standing stones. This coastal town also boasts several beautiful beaches and a thalassotherapy centre.
Quiberon: Both a bay and a peninsula, Quiberon is popular for its wild coast. Here, nature expresses itself freely. Between hikes along the coast and surfing lessons, you can relax on the sandy beach and watch the sailboats go by or indulge in a spa treatment.
Islands: Set off on a trip to explore Belle-Île-en-Mer Ile aux Moines, Groix, Houat, Arz or Hoëdic, 6 of the most beautiful islands in Morbihan.
Gulf of Morbihan: Contemplate the sailboats from the beach, take a trip around the islands in a boat or kayak, walk or cycle around the bay. The gulf of Morbihan is a jewel of southern Brittany. Its natural environment is perfect for relaxing and enjoying outdoor activities.
Lorient: Visit the sailing museum, Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly, enjoy a spot of surfing at Guidel and Larmor-Plage, go fishing in the sea or on the Scorff river, listen to the sound of bombards and bagpipes, support Lorient football club at Moustoir stadium… In fact, you can awaken your five senses during your time in Lorient.
Belle-Île: This island covers 85km2. An inspiration to song-writers, Belle-Île-en-Mer is the ideal place to breathe in the fresh sea air, get close to nature and feel alone in the world. Take a detour to the dunes and Donnant plage, Vauban citadel and Aiguilles de Port Coton rocks.
Rhuys Peninsula: Bordered by the Gulf of Morbihan and the ocean, facing Locmariaquer, Rhuys peninsula attracted Celtic monks who founded an abbey there in the 6th century, in Saint-Gildas. On the agenda: beaches, oyster farms, salt marshes, bike rides, hiking.
Islands to visit in the Gulf of Morbihan
However hard we try, we just can’t choose. Belle-Île, Groix, Houat, Hoëdic , let’s take a look at the most beautiful islands in the gulf of Morbihan.
Belle-Île-en-Mer: Like all the islands in the Gulf, it can be explored on foot or by bike. In addition to magnificent beaches, Belle-Île is home to some remarkable monuments, including a citadel designed by Vauban. We recommend you watch the sunset from Pointe de Taillefer or from the edge of the cliffs overlooking Aiguilles de Port Coton rocks with just the seagulls for company.
Groix: Judging by its turquoise waters and peaceful atmosphere, you may well think you are in the Mediterranean. Off the coast of Lorient, Groix boasted the largest tuna port in France at the beginning of the 20th century. Take a walk along Sables Blancs beach and enjoy a drink on a terrace facing Port-Tudy before you set off to explore the island.
Houat: Its 250 inhabitants will confirm that here, nature and the seasons set the tempo of life on the island. This island has a charming little harbour: Saint-Gildas. After a walk on the sandy paths that lead to the beaches, return to the quays to observe and buy freshly caught lobsters and crabs.
Hoëdic: It takes 30 minutes to cross the island on foot (2.5 km long). This island is distinguished by its beautiful cliffs that jut out towards the sea, its dunes, houses with flowery facades and flora.