The heart of southern Brittany is to be found in Lorient, located 25 min from the campsite. Between the Laïta and Etel rivers, the town is at the confluence of the Scorff and the Blavet.
The bay of Lorient opens out under the light of changing skies from Groix, “the Island of the Garnets”, to the white granite land of Ploemeur town.
Tourist Office Quai de Rohan 56100 LORIENT Tel: +33 (0)2.97.21.07.84
The town was 85% destroyed by bombing in 1943, and then rebuilt with modern architecture. Lorient is the only modern French city to enjoy the “City of Art and History” label.
The city of Lorient was built almost from scratch in the 17th Century, following the establishment of the East India Company in Port-Louis.
Things to see and do:
- Leaving from Lorient, head out to Ile de Groix or “la bien nommée” (the well-named) Belle-Ile
- Visit Lorient harbour, information at the Tourist Office.
- Visit the Thalassa, former research vessel of the Ifremer institute, now an oceanographic vessel.
- Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly
- And of course, don’t miss the Inter-Celtic Festival of Lorient at the beginning of August, the worldwide Celtic music gathering!