Auray, Brittany: tourism & sightseeing
Visit Auray (Brittany, France)
Auray is a pretty town to the east of Vannes and on an estuary to the north-west corner of the Gulf of Morbihan. There are two, more or less separate, parts to the town:
- The main town and the historical centre of Auray on the top of the hill
- The port town of Saint Goustan, on the bank of the Auray River below. Both will be visited as part of the same trip - see Saint Goustan for details and photos of the riverside highlights.
These two regions exist because in medieval times there was a castle on the hill to defend the town, and Auray port below. The two parts developed independently and soon merged into one larger town. The castle has not existed since the 16th century although the town that developed around the castle still remains...
Although the Saint-Goustan quarter of the town contains most of the highlights, Auray on the hill is a pleasant town that has quite a few interesting features to be discovered. These include:
-the view from the belvedere (at the end of Rue de Belvedere) down to the river below and across Saint Goustan
-the Rue du Chateau that joins Auray to the river is a very pretty street with a sprinkling of art galleries to distract you
-the Church of Saint Gildas on Place Notre Dame has an interesting Renaissance style entrance and a very impressive 17th century altarpiece
There are several other small highlights to explore, although they are sometimes a bit hidden among more recent development. These include the 18th century Town Hall with its imposing belltower and two small chapels. Visit Auray tourist office to ask for the town map on which some of the churches, chapels and half-timbered houses are explained.
Don't forget to take a look at the front of the tourist office itself: it is behind the 17th century facade of a small chapel.
Remember to also see the details and photos for Saint Goustan, which is in effect the port region of the same town of Auray (and the highlight of your visit here).
Be sure to also visit Sainte Anne d'Auray, an important pilgrimage centre with several imposing religious monuments, just a few kilometres to the north of Auray while you are here.
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Address: Auray, Lorient, Morbihan, Brittany, 56400, France || GPS: latitude 47.666, longitude -2.982
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Source - Vincin (Rivière de Conleau): site of natural beauty (8km)
- Saint-Philibert (Morbihan): site of natural beauty (9km)
- Étang de Toulvern: site of natural beauty (9km)
- Megaliths of Locmariaquer: national monument (11km)
- Carnac: most beautiful village (11km)
- Megalithic site of Carnac: national monument (11km)
- Jardins de Kerambar’h: remarkable garden (12km)
- Pont du Vincin: site of natural beauty (14km)
- Phare de Port-Navalo: site of natural beauty (14km)
- Moulin à marée de Campen: site of natural beauty (14km)
Market days in Auray, France
Regular market(s) are held in Auray each Monday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Auray (Francais)