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Golfe du Morbihan, bay

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Golfe du Morbihan, bay
1, allée Nicolas le Blanc
56000, Vannes

FRANCE


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A vast tidal bay, dotted with islands.

Covering 12,000 hectares, this vast bay is one of the most beautiful parts of Brittany, where the waters of the Atlantic are calm, sheltered from the onshore winds. The Golfe du Morbihan is almost an inland sea, where according to legend, there are as many as 365 islands. A magical place where the water, the land and the sky melt into one another in gloriously changeable and unusual views.

Morbihan means"little sea" in the Breton language, and indeed it was once an inland sea - it was only invaded by the Atlantic ocean a few centuries ago, after the rivers had hollowed out their beds. The typically Breton land features ancient hills, and numerous fascinating islands to explore, among oyster beds and quiet beaches. Some of the larger islands are inhabited, but many are not. Hop on board a boat and explore the Iles aux Moines, Ile d'Arz, and many tiny islets, with rocky shores or sheltered beaches, woods, a lighthouse or a few fishing huts, or just birds.

This is a fabulous spot for sailing, although bear in mind that near the mouth of the bay the current can be very strong. You can explore the Golfe du Morbihan with a boat trip from Vannes, or Auray, with various options available.
The Golfe du Morbihan and the surrounding land is a paradise for birdwatchers as it's a stop for many migratory birds, who gather around the fishing boats and oyster beds.

Practical Information

Address
Golfe du Morbihan, bay
1, allée Nicolas le Blanc
56000, Vannes

FRANCE