One Hour away: Nantes, Vannes and the Morbihan Gulf
Nantes, some 60 km up the river Loire, boasts a rich heritage from its history as a port and also a Breton stronghold. Today Nantes is considered one of France’s most dynamic and pleasant cities. Historic atmosphere can still be found between the imposing castle of the Dukes of Brittany, the splendid 18th century houses in rue Kervégan and the legendary “Passage Pommeray”, a covered shopping arcade from the 19th century.
Behind the impressive ramparts of the Breton city of Vannes, you can explore a medieval town with dozens of half-timbered houses around the cathedral. Vannes is also the entry to the Morbihan Gulf, dotted with countless islands and rocks. Best to be discovered on a lazy sailing tour or aboard one of the numerous promenade ships that crisscross this “small sea” (“mor bihan” in Breton).