Visit Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys (Brittany, France)
Saint Gildas de Rhuys is situated in scenic countryside to the south of the quiet Rhuys peninsula, itself on the southern edge of the Morbihan Gulf.
Saint Gildas Abbatiale church
The main reason to visit Saint-Gildas itself is for the Eglise-Abbatiale - Abbey Church of Saint Gildas. Dating in part from the 11th century it is a very impressive construction that incorporates various architectural styles - the chevet is the oldest part, in roman style. The rest of the abbatiale, including the belltower, was rebuilt in the 18th century, in a copy of the original which collapsed in the 17th century.
Inside, there are several noteworthy highlights including the stained glass windows and an impressive treasury (open to the public summer only)
Across the square from the church are a couple of cafes, while the cemetery has a curious design to its stone entrance, but otherwise the town is quite quiet. There are also several small art galleries, established by artists inspired by the light and scenery to establish themselves here.
Saint Gildas also has a lovely harbour, the Port aux Moines. It is naturally sheltered by rocks and was originally used by the monks of the abbey - hence its name.
The main market day in the town is Sunday. with markets also held on Tuesday and Friday, and every day during summer, plus a popular evening market on Wednesday's during the summer.
Close to Saint-Gildas du Rhuys
While you are visiting Saint Gildas de Rhuys be sure to head a few hundred metres towards the coast then take the short path to the cliffs for lovely coastal views in both directions. There are also a good selection of beaches and much attractive scenery to enjoy in the vicinity.
Numerous opportunities for walking and cycling exist in the vicinity - ask at Saint-Gildas tourist office for suggestions.
Cycling is also very popular in the area and there are a number of cycle routes which are particularly suited to children.
Photos taken within 10 km
Address: Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys, Sarzeau, Vannes, Morbihan, Brittany, 56730 || GPS: latitude 47.500833, longitude -2.836667
Map of Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys & places nearby
Highlights close by
Port de Crouesty 6km
Port Navalo 8km
See lots more places to visit nearby and a more detailed map at places near Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys.
See Brittany and Morbihan (the region and department for Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys) for more travel ideas...
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys, France
- Golfe du Morbihan - site of natural beauty (11km)
- Megaliths of Locmariaquer - national monument (12km)
- Aquarium de Vannes - aquarium (16km)
- Vannes - town of art and history (18km)
- Megalithic site of Carnac - national monument (20km)
- Carnac - most beautiful village (20km)
- La Vraie-Croix - ville fleurie 4* (30km)
- Elven - village d'etape (32km)
- Jardins de Kerambar’h - remarkable garden (33km)
- Parc zoologique du château de Branféré - zoo or wildlife park (35km)
Market days in Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys: Regular market(s) are held in Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys each Sunday. A seasonal market is held in Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys on Monday & Tuesday & Friday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys (Francais)