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Port Louis is a fishing port and resort and has a 16th century citadel. The town sits on the Brittany coast in the department of Morbihan.

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France This Way review: Port-Louis is a quiet town with a beach and a citadel. It is worth a visit if you are in the area.

Citadel of Port-Louis

The citadel of Port-Louis started out as a fort built by Cristobal de Rogas, a Spanish engineer, in 1590, for the Duke of Mercoeur who was the governor of Brittany.

The duke who was catholic was opposed to King Henry IV who was Protestant and the Spanish were invited to come in support of their fellow Catholics.

King Henry converted to Catholicism in 1598 and defeated the duke and took control of the fort at Port-Louis.

The fort was extended and became a citadel during the early part of the 17th century.

In 1836 Louis Napoleon who became Napoleon III was kept prisoner in the citadel.


Meanwhile during the 16th century Port Louis became an important port in the trade with India and the French East India company was established here. This was eventually disbanded in 1769.

Information and exhibits relating to this time can be seen in the Museum of the French East India company which is housed in the citadel.

The exhibits include models of the boats used in the trade with India and examples of the spices, fabrics and porcelain that were traded.

There is also a rather frightening display of doctors instruments used on the ships

There are three other museums in the citadel: the Museum of Port Louis and the citadel; the Museum of naval weapons and the Museum of the Arsenal.

The town of Port-Louis is a pleasant small town with a 17th century church and a 16th century chapel which burnt down and was rebuilt in the 19th century.

Port-Louis also has a large sandy beach on the south side of the citadel which is a popular spot in the summer.

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Attractions nearby

The attractive fishing port of Lorient is on the other side of the estuary.

A little to the south is the town of Auray and the neighbouring port of Saint-Goustan. The port town of Saint Goustan is charming and is one of the highlights of this part of Brittany.

Also not to be missed is the town of Vannes, much of which was built in the 16th century and the lovely half-timber houses of the old town are a treat to discover.

From the port of Vannes you can take a boat trip around the Gulf of Morbihan or visit a couple of the islands off the coast from here.

You can find more travel ideas in the Morbihan guide and the Brittany guide.

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Address: Port-Louis, Lorient, Brittany, 56290, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 47.7072, longitude -3.3519

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Market days in Port-Louis, France

A seasonal market is held in Port-Louis on Tuesday.

Regular market(s) are held in Port-Louis each Saturday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

The French version of this page is at Port-Louis (Francais)