Beautiful port towns in Brittany

A few days before the start of the sailing race Route du Rhum on November 4, the large port of Saint-Malo comes to life. Brittany also has many picturesque small ports. These peaceful places in Brittany have an irresistible charm and seem to come directly from a postcard!

Back to the Middle Ages in Saint-Goustan

With its stone bridge, cobbled quays and half-timbered houses, the port of Saint-Goustan in Auray is a place where you can still taste the atmosphere of the Middle Ages. This old fishing and trading port on the river Loc’h forms a separate district within the city. It is a place where you can wander around the steep streets, where many artists settled. On the Place Saint-Sauveur and along the Quai Franklin there are numerous cozy cafés and creperies. From the high quay walls of the Loc’h you have a great view over this harbor on the Gulf of Morbihan.

Port de Saint-Goustan

Like on a postcard in Sauzon

Sauzon, on the island of Belle-Île-en-Mer, is a port that fully meets the romantic expectations you have of a picturesque Breton port. Quays dotted with fishing nets and baskets, houses in pastel colors and shutters painted with the paint that is also used for the ships. Brave, small boats are anchored next to expensive yachts. In the summer it is nice here because of the bustle, outside the season it is attractive because of the peace.

France, Morbihan (56), Sauzon a Belle-Ile-en-Mer, le port

Between the river mouth and the sea in Sainte-Marine

A slipway that gives access to the estuary of the Odet, ships that lie peacefully at anchor and others that lie to dry in the sun, an Abri du Marin (seamen’s house) with pink walls … Everything in the port of Sainte-Marine in Combrit invites you to step out of the daily rhythm. From the quay you have a beautiful view of the trendy Bénodet, on the other side of the river, where the ferry takes you in less than five minutes.


Tucked in an inlet at Doëlan

The photogenic port of Doëlan, well guarded by two lighthouses, nestled in a deep cove in the south coast, near Clohars-Carnoët. The surrounding, bright green hills against which white houses stand out, and the blue-green of the sea form a special contrast. From this port, fishing is still practiced in the traditional way. Make sure you are there, when at the end of the afternoon the fishing boats, the file drivers and case managers, enter. On the right bank you can buy fish and shellfish, so from the boat. You will not get them any fresher!

Clohars-Carnoet, port de Doelan au lever du jour.

Full of history in Dahouët

In the past, three-masters and schooners left for Newfoundland and Iceland, where cod could be found in abundance. Now pleasure yachts come here instead of the old sailing ships. However, the tidal port of Dahouët, naturally sheltered by the Pointe de Pléneuf, has lost none of its appeal. Take your time and walk along the Quai des Terras-Neuvas, where the rich shipowners’ houses stand side by side. If you want to go back in time, board the Pauline, a beautiful ship with red sails, the flagship of the port.

Vue sur le port de Dahoue et l’Oratoire Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde de Dahouet

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