By train: The high-speed TGV from Paris to Brest stops at Vannes and takes around two hours. You can also change for Vannes from Nantes and Rennes on the slower trains that run a little more frequently.
The Historic Town Centre
The medieval village has several pedestrian and vehicle entrances. The port-side entrance to the rampart surrounded old town is just next to the port. Follow signs on the roads to le port, there is ample parking. Outside the walls of the village, there are several cafes on the port-side. Just inside the walls, you will find many shops and Crêperies.
The Eglise in the old village at the top of the hill. The square nearby is often graced by musicians in the summer, while the cobblestone streets are used for costumed parades calling back centuries ago. Bastille Day in Vannes is a spectacle with horse-drawn carriages, costumes for men, women and children of all distinctions, and a small zoo of live animals...
The Fayencerie in Vannes (located in the medieval town, near the eglise) has beautiful pottery for sale. Though not exactly local to Vannes-proper, the pottery is very popular with locals and tourists alike.
The boutiques of the medieval town are best for prime-time shopping: find clothing, nautical-themed gifts, lingerie, home and bath goods, jewelry, and many other gifts.
The larger stores like Carrefour and Leroy Merlin are off the main highway, all centralized. There are many good independent stores mixed into the mass development.
Galettes are a must in Vannes: there are so many varieties, everyone is safe (carnivors, pescetarians, and vegetarians alike - though dairy-free options might be hard to come by due to the copious amounts of butter used). Seafood is fresh and oysters are readily available and on Sunday mornings you will find vendors selling shellfish dotted around the town - usually close to bakeries. Les pizzas are also found. For dessert, similar to the galette (made with buckwheat), crepes (made with plain wheat) are a must.
If you visit the Gulf of Morbihan, there are many local restaurant gems: serving les menus gastronomique. The spa hotels of the Morbihan or les Thalassotherapies generally serve decadent meals. Every village in the Vannes area has a local favorite, not to be missed.
Wines of the Loire
Vannes is a popular holiday destination for the French, so there are a lot of rental properties; guest houses, hotels and spa hotels.
As Vannes is the closest train station for the group of islands called Presqu'Ile, many people rent cars in Vannes and stay near the beaches. Caravans and campers are a popular form of accommodation, with lots of camp sites (or car parks) in the area.
If you have your own transport, exploring accommodation across the entire Gulf of Morbihan (Golfe de Morbihan) may also be a good idea.
Golfe de Morbihan
The Suscinio Castle