Vannes tourism and travel guide

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Visit Vannes: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: An unmissable highlight in this region of Brittany, the half-timbered houses in the centre of Vannes make it one of our favourite French medieval towns

Vannes is situated in the Morbihan department and Brittany region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Vannes. For detailed visitor information see the Vannes travel guide.

Tourist classifications for Vannes include "town of art and history", "secteur sauvegarde", "ville fleurie 4*" and "aquarium". It is unusual for a town to have 4 awards, which indicates how important Vannes is as a tourist destination!

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Vannes in Brittany.

Popular places to visit nearby include Ile-d\'Arz at 8 km and Ile aux Moines at 9 km.

Vannes, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Morbihan Gulf

Morbihan Gulf

at 7 km (direction south-west)

The Gulf of Morbihan, almost a protected lagoon on the southern coast of Brittany...

See Morbihan Gulf guide


Island at 8 km (direction south-south-west)

The beaches and scenery along the coastal footpath combine to make the Ile d'Arz,...

See Ile-d'Arz guide
Ile aux Moines

Ile aux Moines

Island at 9 km (direction south-west)

In the Morbihan Gulf, the Ile-aux-Moines is also very easy to reach - very...

See Ile aux Moines guide


at 14 km (direction south)

See Suscinio Castle and the Gardens of Chateau de Kerlevenan in Sarzeau before heading...

See Sarzeau guide
Sainte-Anne d\'Auray

Sainte-Anne d'Auray

at 15 km (direction west-north-west)

This ensemble of religious monuments in Sainte-Anne-d'Auray was a most unexpected discovery in southern...

See Sainte-Anne d'Auray guide


at 16 km (direction south-west)

Arzon is a tiny village with basic facilities near the coast...

See Arzon guide


at 16 km (direction west)

The picturesque harbour area of Saint-Goustan is a lovely place for a promenade after...

See Saint-Goustan guide


at 17 km (direction west)

Auray is a an attractive town with lovely views across the port of Saint-Goustan...

See Auray guide
Port de Crouesty

Port de Crouesty

at 17 km (direction south-west)

Port Crouesty is a new port development near Arzon, with a picturesque wak around...

See Port de Crouesty guide
Port Navalo

Port Navalo

at 17 km (direction south-west)

Port Navalo is a small traditional and unspoiled port near Arzon...

See Port Navalo guide


at 17 km (direction west-south-west)

The quiet small town of Locmariquer is best known for the famous oysters produced...

See Locmariaquer guide


at 18 km (direction south-south-west)

The quiet village of Saint-Guildas is visited for the Abbey Church and the natural...

See Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys guide
La Trinite sur Mer

La Trinite sur Mer

at 22 km (direction west-south-west)

The quiet harbour town of La Trinité-sur-Mer is where you can discover a traditional...

See La Trinite sur Mer guide


at 25 km (direction west-south-west)

Carnac is famius worldwide because of the extensive number of prehistoric standing stones and...

See Carnac guide

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Map of places to visit near Vannes


Markets in and near Vannes

Market days in Vannes: weekly market: Wednesday & Saturday;

  • Vannes: market Wednesday & Saturday (0km)
  • Saint-Ave: market Sunday (4km)
  • Arradon: market Friday (6km)
  • Larmor-Baden: market Sunday (13km)
  • Surzur: market Thursday - seasonal market only (13km)
  • Sarzeau: market Thursday (15km)
  • Elven: market Friday (15km)
  • Arzon: market Tuesday - seasonal market only (16km)
  • Arzon: market Friday - seasonal market only (16km)
  • Auray: market Monday (17km)

More information about Vannes, Brittany

Tourist attractions near Vannes, France

What to do at Vannes? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Vannes.

Grand sites of France

  • Massif Dunaire de Gavres-Quiberon (45km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins de Kerambar’h (26km)
  • Parc Victor Chevassu (46km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Source - Marle (1km)
  • Pont de Kérino (2km)
  • Moulin à marée de Campen (3km)
  • Pont du Vincin (3km)
  • Vincin (3km)
  • Embouchure - Vincin (Rivière de Conleau) (3km)
  • Presqu'île de Conleau (4km)
  • Embouchure - Marle (4km)
  • Maison rose (Séné) (4km)
  • Réserve naturelle nationale des marais de Séné (6km)
  • Anse de Mancel (7km)
  • Golfe du Morbihan (7km)
  • Presqu'île de la Villeneuve (8km)
  • Passage Saint-Armel (8km)
  • Embouchure - Rivière de Noyalo (8km)
  • Source - Vincin (Rivière de Conleau) (9km)
  • Étang de Toulvern (14km)
  • Source - Rivière de Noyalo (15km)
  • Presqu'île de Rhuys (16km)
  • Phare de Port-Navalo (17km)
  • Saint-Philibert (Morbihan) (20km)
  • Presqu'île de Quiberon (33km)
  • Marais Salants de Guérande (39km)
  • Forêt de Paimpont (59km)

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique du château de Branféré (28km)

Geography and distances

Vannes is in the north-west of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Morbihan department (general information: Vannes is 401 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Vannes

Canton: Vannes

Arrondissement: Vannes

Department: Morbihan

Region: Brittany

Postcode: 56000

Distance to Vannes

from Vannes (prefecture): 0 km

from Paris: 401 km

from Calais: 496 km

from Nice: 894 km

from Bordeaux: 356 km

from Strasbourg: 786 km

Getting here

Most visitors While most UK visitors will arrive by car from the ferry port at Saint Malo a drive of 2-3 hours is still common. For driving distances to Vannes from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 4 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Arradon, Plescop, Saint-Ave and Sene.

This page in French: Visiter Vannes