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Saint Goustan and adjacent Auray are so closely linked that you will perhaps think of them as two parts of the same town, and will certainly visit them both at the same time. Saint Goustan is the 'traditional picture postcard" side of this pair of Brittany towns.

Best described as small yet perfectly formed, the port originally developed in the 17th century as a fishing port and stands at the head of an estuary that leads to the Morbihan Gulf and Quiberon Bay (so these are easily accessible by small boats, which are sheltered from the weather here).

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Saint Goustan is reached across a pretty stone bridge that crosses the Auray River as it meanders around the port to enter the estuary. Although it appears much older the bridge was actually only built in the 18th century.


Although the current bridge was built in the 18th century there was a bridge here in the 13th century that was rebuilt in the 15th century and then again in the 18th century.

On crossing the bridge you immediately reach an open cobbled square (the Place Saint-Sauveur) lined by cafes and restaurants on one side and boats along the river on the other, and one of the most attractive places in Auray / Saint Goustan to stop for a refreshing drink.

There is little chance of getting lost in Saint Goustan! Start by walking along the main street that runs along the river side, the Quai Benjamin Franklin.

The Quai is named for Benjamin Franklin because it was here that he disembarked when he arrived in France in December 1776 to ask for French support for the Americans in the American War of Independence.

The quai is no longer used for industry, having long been superceded by the port at Lorient and the arrival of the railways, with the original commerce now replaced by tourism and you will find various art galleries, cafes and gift shops here. It takes some imagination to imagine the time when Saint Goustan was one of the most important ports in Brittany!


Towards the end of the quai turn left to find the small street that runs parallel to the port behind the houses, the Rue du Petit Port, which includes nine very old half-timbered buildings.

Back in the main square of Saint-Goustan you can stroll a little way up a narrow street that runs straight up the hill from here to see more traditional houses.

Then return to the stone bridge and take a pause for a few minutes while you gather your strength to climb the street back up the hill from Saint Goustan to Auray centre.

In fact I should mention that the best view across Saint-Goustan is from the belvedere in Auray so you really can't avoid climbing up the hill! The port is also a popular promenade in the evening giving you another chance to go up and down the hill...

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Attractions nearby

Most of the most popular places near Saint-Goustan are to the south where you can visit the villages and islands of the Morbihan Gulf; the prehistoric stones at Carnac and Locmariaquer; and beaches at Carnac Plage and La Trinite-sur-Mer.

Less well known to visitors and just a few kilometres north of Auray / Saint-Goustan the village of Saint-Anne-d'Auray is a most unexpected and interesting pilgrimage centre, a sort of small version of Lourdes.

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

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

Auray guide
Sainte-Anne d\'Auray

Sainte-Anne d'Auray

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

Sainte-Anne d'Auray guide
La Trinite sur Mer

La Trinite sur Mer

The quiet harbour town of La Trinité-sur-Mer is where you can discover a traditional Brittany harbour before tourism took hold...

La Trinite sur Mer guide


The quiet small town of Locmariquer is best known for the famous oysters produced here, and available in the local restaurants!

Locmariaquer guide


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

Carnac guide
Ile aux Moines

Ile aux Moines

In the Morbihan Gulf, the Ile-aux-Moines is also very easy to reach - very enjoyable to spend a day exploring but you might not be on your own!

Ile aux Moines guide

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