Sarzeau travel guide

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Sarzeau is a town in the Morbihan department of Brittany, on the Rhuys peninsula that forms the southern edge of the Morbihan Gulf (to the south of Vannes).

The town has its origins in the 14th century, when a hospital was built here and when the dense forests  of the region (now gone) were a popular hunting ground for the Dukes of Brittany.

Exploring Sarzeau

A traditional Brittany town, and now a popular base for tourism, Sarzeau has a small centre around the 17th century Church of Saint-Saturnin and a port area called the Port du Logeo. The commune includes both the north and south coast of this part of the peninsula.

Beaches at Sarzeau

Visitors seeking a beach (pretty much everyone who comes to Sarzeau, sooner or later...) should head south from Sarzeau to the Atlantic coast where there is an extensive sandy beach that extends for several kilometres called the Plage du Roaliguen.

In fact there are several popular sandy beaches on this part of the Atlantic Coast including the Plage de Beg Lann, the Plage de Suscinio (just south of the castle of the same name), the Plage de Landrezac and the Plage de Penvins so you can enjoy a change of scenery from time to time.

In common with many of the beaches on the coast in this part of Brittany, the beaches are better for sunbathing at high tide. At low tide they are havens for 'la peche a pied': walking about searching for crabs and shellfish.


Sarzeau monuments

The most important monument here is Suscinio Castle, built in the 13th century for the Dukes who came to Sarzeau to go hunting. This imposing castle fell to ruin after the revolution but has been extensively restored over the last 50 years.

Situated on the coast to the south of Sarzeau, Suscinio castle is now open to the public and holds various medieval reenactments during the summer. The extensive parklands around the Chateau de Kerlevenan are also open to the public in the summer.

There are also a couple of 'minor' prehistoric standing stones, the most substantial of which is the Menhir de Kermaillard.

A market is held in Sarzeau each Thursday.

Attractions nearby

There are many towns and villages to explore around the Morbihan Gulf . The historical town of Vannes (to the north of Sarzeau) is one of our favourite towns in Brittany.

Boat trips to the islands of the gulf are also very popular - these typically leave from Port Navalo a few kilometres to the west of Sarzeau. The Ile aux Moines and the Ile d'Arz are the most popular of these islands with visitors.

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

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

Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys guide


The beaches and scenery along the coastal footpath combine to make the Ile d'Arz, in the Morbihan Gulf, very popular with visitors

Ile-d'Arz guide
Morbihan Gulf

Morbihan Gulf

The Gulf of Morbihan, almost a protected lagoon on the southern coast of Brittany has various islands and places of interest

Morbihan Gulf guide


Arzon is a tiny village with basic facilities near the coast

Arzon 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
Port de Crouesty

Port de Crouesty

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

Port de Crouesty guide

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Address: Sarzeau, Vannes, Brittany, 56370, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 47.528056, longitude -2.768611

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Presqu'île de Rhuys: site of natural beauty
  • Embouchure - Rivière de Noyalo: site of natural beauty (8 km)
  • Passage Saint-Armel: site of natural beauty (8 km)
  • Presqu'île de la Villeneuve: site of natural beauty (8 km)
  • Golfe du Morbihan: site of natural beauty (8 km)
  • Anse de Mancel: site of natural beauty (9 km)
  • Maison rose (Séné): site of natural beauty (11 km)
  • Réserve naturelle nationale des marais de Séné: site of natural beauty (11 km)
  • Embouchure - Marle: site of natural beauty (11 km)
  • Presqu'île de Conleau: site of natural beauty (11 km)
  • Phare de Port-Navalo: site of natural beauty (11 km)
  • Embouchure - Vincin (Rivière de Conleau): site of natural beauty (12 km)

Market days in Sarzeau, France

Regular market(s) are held in Sarzeau each Thursday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

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