Venice might be the lover’s paradise, but France is still the most visited holiday destination in the world. Millions of people visit the country for its picturesque beaches, mountains, pristine oceans, historic architecture, and so much more. France is a destination that doesn’t disappoint, no matter the type of traveler you are. It has something for everyone – couples seeking romance, families in search of a fun vacation, or adrenaline junkies looking for adventure. Morbihan is the true symbol of France with breathtaking beaches – at par with the best in the word – and rich Breton culture. If you ever travel to Brittney, Morbihan should be in your to-do list. This destination is still relatively ‘undiscovered’ when compared to other parts of Brittney, so you won’t find a horde of tourists here. Let me give you some more reasons why you should visit Morbihan, France.
Golfe du Morbihan
Situated at the head of the ‘Golfe du Morbihan’, Vannes is an ancient and picturesque town you should not miss visiting. The Gulf is named after Morbihan meaning ‘little sea’ in Breton. The gulf is like an inland sea surrounded by more than 40 islands; it has its own microclimate. The coastline stretches for several miles. It is ideal for sightseeing using a catamaran with food onboard from Vannes.
Are you on the lookout for a fun beach vacation during the spring, summer, or autumn? There couldn’t be any place better than Morbihan. British travelers have been visiting here ever before the concept of tourism was scribed in the dictionary. Morbihan is only a short ferry ride away from the UK. You can visit the place during the weekend or on holiday. The golden sand on the beaches stretches as far as the eye can see, ideal for castle making. The pristine clear, turquoise water would seduce you for a swim. The beach hosts vast, wild stretches of mesmerizing coves. Even in the height of summer, finding an untouched corner on the beach is easy.
Exploring Morbihan, its beaches and the long stretch of coastline is best done using a catamaran. It allows you to enjoy the wildlife in the oceans. The water when it hits your face as you sail on the catamaran is indeed a one of a kind experience. While cruising on the catamaran, you can stop at any location you choose and check the restaurants and other things on display. With the catamaran, you can escape the traffic on the road and be free.
Next, to Paris, Brittney hosts the most historical monuments in France with Morbihan sharing a more significant number of them. If you are someone who loves history, then visiting Morbihan should be your priority. There are several historical sites in and around the department of Morbihan such as:
- Menhirs de Monteneuf
- Remparts de Vannes
- Abbey of Bon-Repos
- Citadelle de Port-Louis
- Le Moulin a Maree de Berno
- Alignements de Carnac
- Le Moulin de Pen Castel, and more.
Some of these castles and historical sites are more than a few hundred years old and preserved remarkably in their original architecture.
The mild climate in Morbihan allows you to visit the beaches and all the other attractions throughout the year. Morbihan has a pleasant summer with temperature ranging anywhere from 20-25oC. While the winters are not harsh with temperatures between 8-15oC. Due to its natural position with the Gulf Stream, Morbihan escapes the harsher weather witnessed by other regions of France further north. The ideal time to visit Morbihan is during the summer in the months between June to August. The climate is warmer at this time of the year and perfect to sightsee and explore the beaches.
Inland in Morbihan
We have discussed extensively about the beaches, islands, and the coastline of Morbihan. However, be sure to spare some time to visit other parts of Morbihan, not close to the coastline. Apart from centuries old historical towns and palaces, Morbihan has lovely lakes like the Guerledan Lake, suitable for walks with your loved one or a boat trip. If you go South of Josselin, you would find the most picturesque villages Lizio and Malestroit. Going further south-east, there is the town of Rochefort-en-Terre and La Roche-Bernard.
The department of Morbihan, Brittney offers some of the best sailing experiences. It is one of the best pastimes when you visit this part of France. Most of the resorts along the coastline offer yacht or catamaran for hire, along with sailing lessons. If you don’t like getting your hands wet, you can choose one of the gentle cruises along the 600 km of rivers and canals. There are also races and regattas happening all around the year, so sit with a beer and watch the professionals in action.
These are just some of the reasons why you should visit Morbihan. This list can go on and on. So, if you are in Brittney the next time, do not miss visiting the department of Morbihan. And for the best experience, hire a catamaran to explore the beaches and the never-ending coastline.