Morbihan / Brittany – France / A maritime and international event, a cultural and popular festival, in the magical framework of the “Little Sea” (Mor Bihan in Britton) Over one thousand of traditional and classic boats, divided up into coherent and identifiable flotillas, sailing every day and stopping in various ports and anchor points. The result: a “bursting” maritime festival, bringing alive the whole of the Golfe of Morbihan. It is the particular geography and the physical characteristics of this “small sea” (its islands and islets, the narrows which separates and protect it from the high sea, the tides, the currents and counter-currents, the choppy waters), which determinates and rhythm the whole nautical programme. The island of Arz, the island of captains, about 350 inhabitants per year, you can visit the tide mill Berno, a peaceful island where it is good to walk or bike.
report HD ©La Semaine du Golfe / Sea Events – May 29, 2019
Jutting out into the sea for 9 miles (14km) and just 72ft (22m) wide at its narrowest point, the Quiberon Peninsula is a tourist destination par excellence. With its rugged coastline, sweeping sandy beaches, fishing villages and rich cultural history, this beautiful area of Morbihan won’t disappoint.
On the western side, the 5 mile (8km)-long Côte Sauvage (wild coast) is the perfect place for getting back to nature via a bracing walk. On the way you’ll pass hidden caves, arches and coves – but swimming is strictly forbidden due to the rough sea. The area is rich in flora and fauna, with a mix of dunes and heathland. As well as spectacular views over the coast and Belle-Île, Brittany’s largest island, you’ll encounter the remains of a Roman fish farm and a Bronze Age fort plus plenty of swooping seabirds.
Quiberon’s beaches have something to interest all tastes. The windy, sandy expanses west of Penthièvre in the north are popular with horse-riders, sand-yachters and surfers whereas families favour the sheltered beaches around Saint-Pierre-Quiberon in the south. Wherever you are, you won’t be far from someone who can teach you a watersport or hire you some equipment.
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