The Morbihan area is noted for its outstanding beauty, where almost one third of Brittany’s coastline is to be found. Gorgeous sandy beaches and rocky coves abound, which are never overcrowded even in the Summer. The roads are unbelievably quiet even in the Peak season, which makes travelling around very easy. Parking is usually free.
There are many towns to be visited including Auray, a mediaeval town with an old port at St Goustan and superb restaurants. Pontivy and Josselin are famous for their chateaux, Vannes an old market town and port has a magnificent cathedral and lots of interesting shops and 2 markets a week. Lorient is a new town with a variety of shops, cinemas, restaurants and is host to the big Interceltic Music Festival at the beginning of August every year. Carnac, famous for its standing stones, has a marvellous sandy beach with games for the kids and an abundance of good seafood restaurants and creperies. The Gulf of Morbihan, with 365 islands, can only be described as beautiful and you can take a boat trip around them should you so desire.
For those of you who enjoy sport there are 9 golf courses in the area (see the Golf page), fishing in any of the many rivers and lakes, boat hire on the lakes and rivers, horse riding, surf boarding, wind surfing and swimming. Most of the larger towns have a swimming pool.
The region also boasts some delightful cycle routes. The Nantes - Brest canal passes very close to Melrand. Bike hire is widely available especially on the coast. The Independent recently published an article on cycling in the area - click here.
Every town and village has a lovely church and, during the Summer months, you can usually find a ‘Pardon’ or village fete going on. You are always welcome to join in.