Locmariaquer, Brittany: tourism & sightseeing
Visit Locmariaquer (Brittany, France)
Locmariaquer is a small port town found in the southern Morbihan department of Brittany, on a peninsula to the south of Auray and east of Carnac. It is at the end of the northern 'peninsula' that forms the entrance to the Morbihan Gulf.
Although often bypassed as visitors rush to the very famous dolmen next to the town, you might like to find the time for a quick explore of Locmariaquer itself - although small it is a pleasant town based around its traditional fishing harbour.
There is a church - the Notre Dame de Kerdro - which in part dates back to the 11th century (although one of the highlights is the stained glass windows, dating back to...1960!) and the pretty, simple little chapel du Moustoir to discover. There are also a sprinkling of traditional streets and houses to discover and enjoy.
The town is best known for two things:
1) The first is the great number of important megaliths to be found at the 'Megaliths of Locmariaquer', where three very important neolithic monuments can be seen. Dating back about 7000 years these are the Grand Menhir brisé, the Dolmen de la Table des Marchand and the Tumulus d'Er Grah de Locmariaquer.
Your visit includes a chance to enter inside the dolmen and to see the prehistoric etchings. The site is a listed National Monument.
2) The second is the famous 'Locmariaquer Oysters' which are harvested around the coast here. You can enjoy them in the local restaurants, and as you amble along the coast you will see the oyster beds where they are grown.
You can also stroll along to the Pointe de Kerpenhir, the peninsula at the entrance to Morbihan Gulf. The calm viewpoint you see today gives little clue to it's historic military importance: from the 18th century a fortress designed by Vauban, the French military engineer, stood here. In 1940 the Nazis destroyed the old fortress so they could build a stronger defensive 'blockhaus', then this building in turn was destroyed in 1990.
It is also possible to take an organised tour (June to September) that will show you the oyster beds, and where the producers will explain the whole process, and how it fits in with the life-cycle of the oyster.
The harbour at Locramiaquer is a popular starting point for trips around the Morbihan gulf and associated islands, including some extended trips that last several days.
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Address: Locmariaquer, Auray, Lorient, Morbihan, Brittany, 56740, France || GPS: latitude 47.57, longitude -2.94417
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Megaliths of Locmariaquer: national monument
- Phare de Port-Navalo: site of natural beauty (3km)
- Étang de Toulvern: site of natural beauty (3km)
- Saint-Philibert (Morbihan): site of natural beauty (5km)
- Carnac: most beautiful village (10km)
- Megalithic site of Carnac: national monument (10km)
- Source - Vincin (Rivière de Conleau): site of natural beauty (11km)
- Golfe du Morbihan: site of natural beauty (11km)
- Presqu'île de Rhuys: site of natural beauty (14km)
- Maison rose (Séné): site of natural beauty (14km)
- Embouchure - Vincin
(Rivière de Conleau): site of natural beauty (14km)
- Vincin: site of natural beauty (14km)
Market days in Locmariaquer, France
Regular market(s) are held in Locmariaquer each Tuesday & Saturday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Locmariaquer (Francais)