As some of you might know, Brittany is my home region. The place I come from and where I grew up. So, of course, it has a special place in my heart! I am always super happy to bring friends over to visit and show them the beauty of this underrated French region. Last year, I brought Erikas to the Northern part of Brittany and he loved it! So this time we went South and visited different places – some of which I have never been to before! In this article, we are sharing an itinerary to South Brittany which can be stretched for a few days, is adaptable, affordable, and doable year-round!
**Please note that we have visited this area of France before the current lockdown announcement and travel restrictions.**
For this little gateway-adventure, we’ve dropped our bags and made a base in the cute town of Quiberon. And while you can probably move around easily by public transport, we found that having a car is a lot better for a few things. We are free to go and come back when we want and without having to worry about timing. We get to take the coastal roads and stop at any point (we’ll come back to this later)… And also, if you are going off-season, most parking places are free! In this article, we will share all the places you need to see and add to your list for your next adventure in South Brittany. After this, we will share our route and how we made the most of our 3 days there!
Vannes is the largest city from the below places we have listed. This is also an awesome hub to arrive at or leave from. Personally, this is where our itinerary to south Brittany started! You will find a lot of cute stores, amazing restaurants, and other places to enjoy good food. When in the city, make sure to have a walk by the port before heading towards the medieval town.
If you have a car, you can easily find parking spots in the city, and then walk around. Everything in the city is within walking distance, and after all, it is probably the best way to find a nice café…
Quiberon has a special place in my heart, since I have a lot of childhood memories there. But without being biased, you might also fall in love with this place! When in Quiberon, start your trip by the wild coast (Côte Sauvage), and do the hike all around the island (around 30km) or a part of it. I promise – you will get the best views ever! And if you prefer driving there, there is the coastal road, with a lot of parking spots on the side, so you can safely park for photos or breaks. We have stretched this hike for the whole day, as we like to stop in different areas along the way, have lunch on a nice terrace, or run on the sand!
If you don’t mind waking up early, we highly recommend going to watch the sunrise in “Pointe du Conguel”, which is the most southern tip of this island. The wind is often strong but the colours and the freshness of the breeze will make it really cozy and special. Lastly, if you like surfing, or want to learn, there are a ton of surf schools there and beautiful waves to play with!
Auray & Saint Goustan
If you come by train, Auray is probably the place where you’ll arrive. And while there is not much happening by the train station, quickly make your way towards the city center. There, you’ll discover some cute streets and a nice market hall. On the market day, the center becomes fully pedestrian. After walking around the center, head towards the port of Saint-Goustan. In order to get there, you can use the pedestrian street – it is quite a big downhill, yet you can find a lot of small craft shops. Not only it’s a perfect place for souvenirs, but after a small climb the view of the town opens up, which is really nice! The other way to get to the port is by going through the city park “Remparts d’Auray”, from where you’ll have a magnificent view of the port.
To get to Saint-Goustan, you’ll need to cross the bridge. You’ll arrive in the main square, where a lot of bars and restaurants are. From there, walk around and explore the small street of this cute port town! The streets are very narrow and therefore are pedestrian friendly. If you go up the village, you’ll find the church and a chapel across the street, both are worth a visit!
If you come by car – park at Saint-Goustan car park (since it’s free) and go to the center by foot. Everything is within walking distance.
100% the most photogenic spot on this list. It was the first time for both of us in this little village! Saint-Cado is most known for having a house (with a small garden) on an island, and with nothing else around. Said like this, nothing special, but please check out the photo below! This is what Saint-Cado is known for. Right by this island, there is a bridge linking the village to a larger island, with a few houses, painting workshops, and a church. You can easily walk around the island. The path is quite narrow, but you’ll get to discover a little more of this island and how people live there. It is also amazing if you meditate or need a quiet walk. When we were there, we have not seen anyone else.
When coming by car, you can head towards the city of “Belz” if you cannot find “Saint-Cado”, from there, the directions to the island will be given. You will arrive at a large parking lot (free), and the walk to the island is about 5 minutes long.
Carnac & La Trinité-sur-Mer
These two cities were our last stops on this trip. We first drove to Carnac and arrived in the north of the city where you can find all the menhir parks (Alignements de Carnac). There is a large free parking lot (indicated by signs when arriving), otherwise, there is another one by the museum. If you arrive by the museum (which we recommend), make sure to head in there to get all the information about the place. You will also receive a map with various information and walking paths to discover this surprising place! The park with the smallest stones is accessible for free – however, if you wish to go to the other side, with the more impressive stones, you can only access it by taking a guided tour. From there, the drive to the city of La Trinité-sur-Mer is quite short (maybe 10 minutes), and there you will see one of the most impressive ports of the region! If you want your timing to be perfect, make sure to visit this city at high tide. There is a nice walk you can do all along the port-side, with shops and restaurants on the other side of the street.
Our own itinerary to South Brittany
There are a few ways to arrange your stops along the road, but this is how we traveled. First, we arrived in Vannes, where we’ve stopped for lunch and had a little time to walk around the city. From there, we made our way to Quiberon to settle in the house and spend the evening in the neighborhood, walking to the little port side and enjoying some fresh air before the next day.
The next day, we left the house and reached the wild coast. We hiked the whole trail and back to the house. This is roughly 27 km, so make sure you have good shoes, water, and snacks! We took it easy, made breaks, and took a ton of photos! The following days, we went to watch the sunrise in Quiberon and hopped on the car, made our way to Saint-Goustan where we parked near the port. We’ve walked to the city center and around. From there, you can easily go to the city of La Trinité-sur-Mer. However, due to time constraints, we headed back home and kept this last town for the following day.
On our last day, we started by going to Saint-Cado. We were there around 10 AM and therefore had the whole place to ourselves! We highly recommend you wake up early to visit this tiny island! From there we went to Carnac where we visited the pre-historical park of menhirs. After lunch, we drove to La Trinité-sur-Mer, which is a short 10 minutes drive away!
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