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Vannes

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Vannes is the 5th city of Brittany in France.

Get in[edit]

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.

See[edit][add listing]

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...

  • Saint-Pierre Cathedral, Paroisse Saint Pierre - 22 Rue des Chanoines, 02 97 47 10 88, [1].  edit

The Port

The Castle

The Parks

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Conleau. Popular destination for tourists and locals. Great for kids due to the natural water lido and small beach. A couple of cafes and regular bus service from the town centre. The walk from the town centre along the waterfront is worth it. From here you can take a ferry to some of the surrounding islands. (47.5775,-2.7713) edit
  • Le DÉDALE Café, 8 rue du Commerce, [2]. This bar/cafe/art space/gallery has a fantastic location alongside the port and serves a range of drinks and snacks. The building is covered, literally, in large works of art and you can book a tour (in advance) to see the rooms that are closed to the visiting public. Feel free to explore the venue - each room holds a surprise. Gets very popular and busy on a warm summer's evening. Venue is set to be demolished at the end of 2020.  edit
  • Open-air Market, Place des Lices, [3]. 08:00-13:30 every Wednesday and Saturday.  edit
  • Aquairum, 21 Rue Daniel Gilard, 02 97 40 67 40, [4]. Small aquarium with opportunity for kids to touch and handle sea creatures during regular show-and-tell sessions throughout the day.  edit


Buy[edit][add listing]

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.

Eat[edit][add listing]

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.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Cidre

Wines of the Loire

Chouchen

Sleep[edit][add listing]

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.

Visit around[edit]

Carnac

Golfe de Morbihan

Rochefort-en-Terre

Quiberon

Belle-Ile

Ile-aux-Moines

The Presqu'ile

The Suscinio Castle


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