Visit Morbihan Gulf (Brittany, France)
The Morbihan Gulf is an inland area of sea et that extends 20km from the Bay of Quiberon, in the south of the Morbihan department of Brittany. The gulf is entered through an opening between two peninsulas to the west with Locmariaquer towards the tip of the northern peninsula and Arzon on the southern peninsula.
The towns and villages around the edges of the gulf are a popular destination with visitors while the bay itself contains numerous small islands and is a haven for wildlife, especially birds.
Towns, villages and resorts
Both towns are a few kilometres away from the gulf itself, but certainly should be visited during your stay - Vannes has an exceptional old town, while the port area at Auray - called Saint-Goustan - is also very picturesque.
On the edges of the gulf itself there are several small harbour towns and resorts. Among the most popular with visitors are the Locmariaquer peninsula (including the megaliths of Locmariaquer) and including Cra'ch (to the north) and Saint-Philibert.
Islands in Morbihan Gulf
The two largest islands in the Morbihan Gulf are the Ile d'Arz and the Ile aux Moines. These two islands can be visited and explored, and make very popular day trips with visitors but do get rather busy.
You can also see the two islands from the mainland - the best view of is perhaps from the promontory on the northern shores of the bay at Pointe d'Arradon.
A boat trip is the best way to see the bay, and during the trip you will see other islands that are now submerged, some spookily still with prehistoric monuments still half-visible. Boats to explore the Gulf of Morbihan can be found at many of the towns around the gulf including Vannes, Port de Crouesty, Auray and Locmariaquer.
For family friendly swimming and beaches it is preferable to head west to the longer beaches of the Atlantic Coast.
Photos taken within 10 km
Address: Morbihan Gulf, Morbihan, Brittany || GPS: latitude 47.6, longitude -2.8
Map of Morbihan Gulf & places nearby
Highlights close by
Ile aux Moines 3km
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Morbihan Gulf, France
- Golfe du Morbihan - site of natural beauty
- Aquarium de Vannes - aquarium (5km)
- Vannes - town of art and history (7km)
- Megaliths of Locmariaquer - national monument (12km)
- Carnac - most beautiful village (21km)
- Megalithic site of Carnac - national monument (21km)
- Elven - village d'etape (21km)
- La Vraie-Croix - ville fleurie 4* (22km)
- Jardins de Kerambar’h - remarkable garden (26km)
- Parc zoologique du château de Branféré - zoo or wildlife park (30km)
The French version of this page is at Morbihan Gulf (Francais)