Vannes is an historic town at the head of the Gulf of Morbihan it is worth visiting for a short or longer holiday break and makes a perfect base from which to explore this part of Brittany.
You will enjoy exploring the town yourselves perhaps stopping for refreshment at one of the cafes. If you prefer there are conducted city walking tours through the summer months which take in the main sights and attractions.
You will want to see the Cathedral St. Pierre, built in the 13th century and remodelled through the ages and has a mix of styles. In the interior behind the high altar is the treasury where there are gold chalices, and a 13th century wedding chest. The city’s patron is buried in the northern transept.
Another visitor attraction is the museum, Musée Archéologie, which is housed in the 15th century Chateau Gaillard here you will see a fine collection of artefacts from the Stone, Bronze and Iron ages, ceramics mosaics and some medieval art treasures.
You may want to visit other attractions; at the Parc du Golfe you can see thousands of exotic butterflies in the Jardin aux Paapillons. If you visit the Aquarium de Vannes you will see piranhas, sharks, eels and an excellent collection of tropical fish. This makes a good day out for all the family.
You may want to take a boat trip and enjoy the scenery and sights around the Gulf of Morbihan these operate in the summer months.
If you need a change from Vannes, a short drive away will bring you to the seaside resort of Carnac, here there are around 3000 standing stones (menhirs) in and around Carnac which were set in place between 5000 and 2000 BC, and it is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world.
You will find access is restricted to many of the menhirs to help preserve the sites, you can get close and there are views of the Alignements du Menec the largest line of menhirs from the roof of Archéoscope, this centre has displays giving an insight into what is known about the stones. This area is also studded with ancient burial places.
Carnac is an attractive village and has a 2km beach where you may like to spend some time with the usual beach amenities.