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Morbihan

South of Brittany, between the estuaries of the Laïta and Vilaine, the Morbihan department owes its name to the Gulf of Morbihan (small sea in Breton), ranked among the 30 most beautiful bays in the world. Morbihan is rich thanks to its agriculture, fishing and Aquaculture.

Nothing surprising it is also among the top five tourist destinations in France with its 900 km of coastline cut in, alternating coves, wild coast and long sandy beaches. When the crystal clear waters recede, they discover the oyster parks and offer an ideal playground for fishermen and lovers of foot land craft. Before conquering the Atlantic, sailors train in summer and winter in Quiberon’s Bay. Carnac is the first naval base in Europe. With a mild climate and a favourable wind regime, all water sports are possible: kite surfing, windsurfing, kayaking, surfing and sailing of course… The yachtsmen always have plenty of choice for landing: the largest marina Breton in "the Crouesty", anchorage in the small port of Hoëdic. More than 60 calls are available: from the charming and peaceful country setting of the Auray River, to the picturesque port of Sauzon. And we still wonder how the Port-Lay in Groix was able to welcome all these great old Dundees who went fishing for tuna to Galicia.

On shore, the evidence of the past also marks out the coastline. Prehistoric megalithic sites, unique in Europe, are first on the list. Between sea and marsh, Suscinio Castle was one of the favourite residences of the Dukes of Brittany now houses a museum of history of Britain. In Magouer, beside the Ria d'Etel, or on the Blavet river, wrecks of old wooden tuna are still suffering serenely the assault of tidals. North of the department, the port of L'Orient was created in response to the development of Port Louis, headquarters of the East India Company established by Colbert in the 17th. Lorient, the city of five ports (military port, commercial port, fishing port, marina and passenger port), is now the 2nd French fishing port. It is also the capital of the Celtic Nations. To the south in the Gulf, Vannes, formerly inhabited by sailors called the Venètes, then fortified city and capital of Breton princes is now the head of the department. It preserves and maintains its heritage as a city of art and history. Country of seas and rivers, the coast is cut by the estuaries invaded by the sea, called estuary at Auray, Etel, La Trinite-sur-mer. the range of colours is unlimited, changing and capricious according to the winds and tides. Morbihan combines the sea at all times…

Texte : Anne Jankeliowitch

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AA15693 Le Palais Harbor on Belle île island
Le Palais Harbor on Belle île island Philip Plisson AA15693

Le Palais Harbor on Belle île island

AA15693

01/01/1900
4992 x 3320 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA16755 The City of Sailing to Lorient.
The City of Sailing to Lorient. Philip Plisson AA16755

The City of Sailing to Lorient.

AA16755

03/10/2008
3839 x 3839 px
6 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA16763 The ponds Roc'h From the river d'Auray.
The ponds Roc'h From the river d'Auray. Philip Plisson AA16763

The ponds Roc'h From the river d'Auray.

AA16763

01/01/1900
4064 x 2704 px
6 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA16776 Tidal mill on the Crach river
Tidal mill on the Crach river Philip Plisson AA16776

Tidal mill on the Crach river

AA16776

01/01/1900
4064 x 2704 px
6 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA16789 Carnac plage Yacht Club
Carnac plage Yacht Club Philip Plisson AA16789

Carnac plage Yacht Club

AA16789

01/01/1900
6144 x 4096 px
11 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA16793 Gâvres peninsula
Gâvres peninsula Philip Plisson AA16793

Gâvres peninsula

AA16793

01/01/1900
6144 x 4096 px
10 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA16818 Larmor Baden and Berder island in the Gulf of Morbihan.
Larmor Baden and Berder island in the Gulf of Morbihan. Philip Plisson AA16818

Larmor Baden and Berder island in the Gulf of Morbihan.

AA16818

01/01/1900
6144 x 4096 px
14 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA16839 Pen Lan point in Billiers
Pen Lan point in Billiers Philip Plisson AA16839

Pen Lan point in Billiers

AA16839

01/01/1900
6144 x 4096 px
11 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA16842 Conleau and Séné in the Gulf of Morbihan.
Conleau and Séné in the Gulf of Morbihan. Philip Plisson AA16842

Conleau and Séné in the Gulf of Morbihan.

AA16842

01/01/1900
6144 x 4096 px
13 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA16848 Beachs on Houat island.
Beachs on Houat island. Philip Plisson AA16848

Beachs on Houat island.

AA16848

01/01/1900
6144 x 4096 px
10 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA16854 Saint-Cado on Etel river.
Saint-Cado on Etel river. Philip Plisson AA16854

Saint-Cado on Etel river.

AA16854

01/01/1900
6144 x 4096 px
10 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA16860 The Laïta.
The Laïta. Philip Plisson AA16860

The Laïta.

AA16860

01/01/1900
5868 x 3856 px
13 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA16868 Sinagot in the Gulf of Morbihan.
Sinagot in the Gulf of Morbihan. Philip Plisson AA16868

Sinagot in the Gulf of Morbihan.

AA16868

01/01/1900
3498 x 3501 px
4 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA16899 The port of Rabine in Vannes.
The port of Rabine in Vannes. Philip Plisson AA16899

The port of Rabine in Vannes.

AA16899

01/01/1900
3320 x 4992 px
13 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA16906 Castle Suscinio on the peninsula Rhuys.
Castle Suscinio on the peninsula Rhuys. Philip Plisson AA16906

Castle Suscinio on the peninsula Rhuys.

AA16906

01/01/1900
7886 x 4370 px
15 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA16909 Mooring in Hoëdic.
Mooring in Hoëdic. Philip Plisson AA16909

Mooring in Hoëdic.

AA16909

01/01/1900
4807 x 4807 px
9 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA16917 La Vilaine.
La Vilaine. Philip Plisson AA16917

La Vilaine.

AA16917

01/01/1900
4992 x 3328 px
9 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA16928 Port-Navalo Lighthouse.
Port-Navalo Lighthouse. Philip Plisson AA16928

Port-Navalo Lighthouse.

AA16928

01/01/1900
6144 x 4096 px
8 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA16923 Dinghy before Er-Lannic.
Dinghy before Er-Lannic. Philip Plisson AA16923

Dinghy before Er-Lannic.

AA16923

01/01/1900
3543 x 3543 px
6 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA16920 Le Men Du in the Trinité sur mer.
Le Men Du in the Trinité sur mer. Philip Plisson AA16920

Le Men Du in the Trinité sur mer.

AA16920

01/01/1900
6144 x 4096 px
14 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA06856 At the entrance of the river Etel.
At the entrance of the river Etel. Philip Plisson AA06856

At the entrance of the river Etel.

AA06856

01/01/1900
5844 x 3720 px
7 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA15660 Penthièvre beach.
Penthièvre beach. Philip Plisson AA15660

Penthièvre beach.

AA15660

01/01/1900
4352 x 2768 px
1 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA15664 Trinité sur Mer
Trinité sur Mer Philip Plisson AA15664

Trinité sur Mer

AA15664

01/01/1900
4992 x 2496 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA03396 Er-Lannic megaliths.
Er-Lannic megaliths. Philip Plisson AA03396

Er-Lannic megaliths.

AA03396

01/01/1900
5315 x 3659 px
8 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA08973 Balloons suspended above the Gulf of Morbihan.
Balloons suspended above the Gulf of Morbihan. Philip Plisson AA08973

Balloons suspended above the Gulf of Morbihan.

AA08973

01/01/1900
4064 x 2704 px
935 Ko
RGB Truecolor
AA15687 Northern coast of Belle île island
Northern coast of Belle île island Philip Plisson AA15687

Northern coast of Belle île island

AA15687

01/01/1900
4992 x 3320 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA14097 Ty Bihan beach in Carnac in the Morbihan.
Ty Bihan beach in Carnac in the Morbihan. Philip Plisson AA14097

Ty Bihan beach in Carnac in the Morbihan.

AA14097

01/01/1900
5906 x 3928 px
5 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA15688 The small sea of Gâvres.
The small sea of Gâvres. Philip Plisson AA15688

The small sea of Gâvres.

AA15688

01/01/1900
5315 x 3543 px
6 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA15648 Fort Bloqué near Lorient.
Fort Bloqué near Lorient. Philip Plisson AA15648

Fort Bloqué near Lorient.

AA15648

01/01/1900
4992 x 3320 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA15691 Traditional sailing on Auray river.
Traditional sailing on Auray river. Philip Plisson AA15691

Traditional sailing on Auray river.

AA15691

01/01/1900
4992 x 3320 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor