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When it is not raining

Beaches in Plouhinec

get to the beach

Plouhinec has 8km of beach. There is one guarded beach in Plouhinec with lifeguards on duty throughout the day during the season. This is the Plage de Magouero. From the centre of Plouhinec (at the Church), follow the signs to  "Plage de Magouero".
Plouhinec
              Beach








The second guarded beach is the Plage de Kervégant wich is closer towards the direction of Etel in comparison to the Maguero beach. 
 Plage
              de Kervegant
The walking distance between this beach and the car park is, due to the protected nature area substantial.

This would be your closest beach if you are staying at any of the campings in Plouhinec.

Walk along the Etel River

Take a stroll along the Etel River. There are foot paths along large sections of the lower banks of the river, between the private properties and the waterfront. The path is often steep and difficult but it provides very nice views over the river that cannot be seen from other locations. Be careful that you don't step into "merde", as there are still many dog owners who do not clean up after their best friend answers to the call of nature.

For route details follow this link to the website of Bretagne Rando.


Carnac

Carnac
Remember Asterix and Obelix? At Carnac, one can find the alignments of Megalithic stones (Menhirs). Though you are not allowed any-more in the fields where the stones stand,  they are a must see for anyone visiting our region.   If you would like to touch the stones, visit then also the site near Erdeven.

Wikepedia has a very good article about the site which is well referenced.  It can be found at the following link.  


Erdeven

The stones at Erdeven are just  small in number, but easy accessible and a nice example of the structures.  The site is just outside the village on the Route Nationale (RN) 781 in the direction of Ploemel. 

Quiberon

Quiberon is the peninsula close to Castle in QuiberonCarnac extending a full 10km into the bay of Biscay. It is the access to the ferries to  Belle Ile, Ile d'Houat and Hoedic which are just a stone-throw away from the mainland.  Also, the coastal area's have the "Côte Sauvage" or "wild coast," which provides for spectacular view in case of storms with waves crashing into the rocks and spray flying across the top of the cliff.






Visit Hennebont

Hennebont has apparently been an inhabited location since the stone age, with settlements on the banks of the Blavet river. It gained importance in the medieval time when there was a bridge over the Blavet and a castle was erected. As it is further upriver than Lorient it did not receive the same treatment as Lorient during the war and thus it has still some significant old architecture to show.

Hennebont - Bridge on the edge of the centre

Boat Rental

Boating is strictly regulated in France. Unless you have a skippers license you are limited to small boats that can be used without permit. Look for "sans permis" when searching for a rental.  Boats can be rented at St. Cado or Gâvres. The former provides an opportunity to explore the Ria d'Etel while the latter, situated at the estuary of the Blavet (near to Lorient) provides access to the Blavet River.

Karting

If you like some action, there is the "Karting de Ploumel" situated on the D22 (from Beltz to Auray) that could provide this.  Children as from 7 years can drive a real kart.

During the top season open 7/7 in July from 13.30 till 20.00 and in August from 10.00 till 20.00.  Otherwise, check the opening hours on www.kart56.com

Scuba Diving

Learn diving or expand your diving log by taking a dive in the waters around Plouhinec. Diving school "Au Bord de la Terre" provides courses between "discover scubadiving" and deep water dives up to 55m. 

During the season, the shop is open 7 days per week and can be found since recently (Spring 2013) at the following address:

ZI du Bisconte
56680 PLOUHINEC

Phone: 02 97 85 76 49
Mobile phone: 06 63 07 61 96


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Visit their website for more information at www.auborddelaterre.com.

When it is not raining yet

Etel

Etel is the embodiment of the failed European Union fisheries policy. On my first visit here, over 30 years ago the port was a fully functioning fishing port, with its own fish auction, ice factory and related services. Now, with the fish turned into animal feed long ago the city relies on tourism for its existence.

Take a boat trip along the Ria d'Etel or to Lorient. Departure / Arrival at the following times.

While you are there, visit the Musee des Thoniers to learn about the old fashioned way of catching Tuna. Opening  hours:  to be checked.

Address:
Musée des Thoniers
3, Rue Jean Bart
56410  ETEL

Port Louis

Port Louis, renamed from Blavet into Port Louis in honour of King Louis the XIII in 1618. It is a fortified city of which the rampards were part of the defence works to protect the entry of the Blavet River.  The ancient walls are at parts still intact and the old citadelle is now home to the Musée de la Compagnie des Indes.

Opening hours:

  • 2nd of May through 31 August : daily from 10.00 to 18.30
  • 1st of September through 15 December : every day except Tuesday from 13.30 to 18.00

When it rains

Lorient

Lorient, being a submarine German Submarine base during the second world war received substantial attention from Allied Bomber Command. Precision bombing was not on the cards and as a result of 60.000 bombs, the city was destroyed for 90% at the time of the German capitulation in 1945.   The bunkers and submarine shelters survived the war and bunkers, which are scattered over the city and surrounding area can be seen used as garden sheds.
Submarine
                base at Keroman, Lorient
The Allied job was finished off by the city planners of the 50s and 60s and the result is that Lorient, despite the best efforts of the city administration hardly can be recognised as a "must see" for reasons of its outstanding architecture.   However, the submarine base, having been a French naval base for a long time,  now houses a museum about submarines and one can visit an old French submarine to become familiar with the conditions on board.

Arauy

Tucked away in a river valley Auray did not suffer the same fate as Lorient and its historical centre is still intact.

Vannes

A perfect rainy day spot is the aquarium in Vannes. It has celebrated its 20th year of existence this year and is home to cold water sea species as well as from the Golf of Morbihan, tropical species and cold fresh water species. More info on www.aquarium-du-golfe.com

Opening hours
The aquarium is open during the year (except 25 December and 1st of January) though the opening hours vary.
Generally, outside the summer vacation and French holidays, it is open from 14.00 to 18.00. During holidays from 9.00 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 18.00. During July and August (French summer holiday), it is open from 9.00 to 19.30 without lunch break.

CircusCircus

Though it has disappeared in most of Europe, the travelling Circus is alive and kicking in France.  Most places receive at least once  a year a visit of a Circus. Pay attention to the signs on any lamp post and other structures to see when the next one is around.  No French language knowledge is required to make it an enjoyable event.

Show hours: mostly, there is one in the afternoon and one in the early evening.




Castles of Brittany

Though not as grand as those of the Loire valley, Brittany has several Castles that are worth visiting, especially when the weather isn't that great. Though we may have forgotten the odd castle, some of the more interesting and publicly accessible are listed below.

Pontivy

Pontivy is about 40km upstream on the Blavet River from the city of Hennebont. It was named after a monk with the name "ivy", who built a bridge (Pont) over the Blavet some time in the 7th Century. Hence it was named Pont ivy until the 1804, when its name started to become a political ping-pong ball. From that moment onwards, it has been named Napoléonville, Pontivy, Bourbonville and again Napoléonville before finally normality returned with its current name.

Pontivy CastleThe Castle in Pontivy is one from the House of Rohan, which were Viscounts from the locality of Rohan, which is about 20 km east of Pontivy.

The Rohans were important noblemen in their time and developed links with their contemporary English and French royal families. Castles with links or named after the family can be found as far away as Vienna.


Suscinio (13th - 15th century)



Kerguéhennec



Tidal Predictions


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