The Gulf of Morbihan, Breton Regional Natural Parkfavorite_borderAdd to favourites
Nature lovers, the Gulf of Morbihan is sure to delight you! 17,000 acres of maritime spaces scattered with islands and islets await you in this Breton Gulf.
In the Gulf of Morbihan, discover a real small inland sea. Pass from island to island, sail on the sea, explore the villages bordering the Gulf.... There are a thousand and one ways to enjoy the beauty of the Gulf!
A return to the roots in the Gulf of Morbihan
Legend has it that the Gulf of Morbihan has as many islands as there are days of the year. In fact, there are about forty of them, including:
- L'Île-aux-Moines, the largest island in the Gulf with a length of 7km
- The Isle of Arz with its unspoilt nature
- Gavrinis and its famous Neolithic cairn
- Berder, a peninsula that can be only accessed at low tide.
This small paradise in southern Brittany is home to a rich and diverse fauna and flora. With more than 200 bird species in the Gulf of Morbihan, make the most of several observation sites to admire them. The Gulf of Morbihan is also the ideal playground for many leisure activities linked with the sea. Swimming, fishing, sailing, kayaking, hiking... Take your pick while enjoying this bay’s magical landscapes.
How to discover the islands of the Gulf of Morbihan and its coastal paths?
Several shipping companies propose guided cruises - with or without stopovers - to discover this natural marine park. Visit Île-aux-Moines, known as the Pearl of the Gulf, appreciated for its serenity, its landscapes. It is also perfect for walking and cycling. On the same day, you can also explore the island of Arz, famous for its wilderness and its walking paths.
On the mainland, more than 180km of coastal paths lie before you along the Gulf of Morbihan. From Locmariaquer to Arzon, the GR 34 will allow you to discover the coast, and to enjoy breathtaking views of the Gulf. You can also discover the cities along the shores of the Gulf of Morbihan. Among the most popular, Locmariaquer, located at the entrance of the Gulf, has an important megalithic site. Further north, stop in Auray, a city of art and history (19 km from Vannes), and stroll along the port of Saint-Goustan.
Good to know: Auray, Pluneret, Sainte-Anne d'Auray, Crac'h, Locmariaquer and Saint-Philibert are among the municipalities that have committed themselves to protecting this sublime natural environment in the Gulf of Morbihan.
Every two years, during Ascension Week, attend Gulf Week, a gathering place for old sailing ships and traditional boats from all over Europe. During this great maritime festival, more than 1,000 sailboats sail the waters of the Gulf of Morbihan and the Bay of Quiberon.