Located at the head of the Gulf of Morbihan, Vannes is the main tourist centre in Brittany. Loaded with places of interest and picturesque chateau, Vannes has a wonderfully lively feel to it, especially during the summer months when the many cafes and restaurants spill happy customers into the streets.
The historic centre of Vannes is a small, walled settlement focused tightly around the cathedral, which despite its size is filled with fascinating gems of medieval life. You can easily tour the centre on foot from accommodation in Vannes, Brittany. Amazingly, Vannes missed much of the allied bombing during WWII, leaving much of the original defences intact and as impressive as they ever were. Throughout the streets of both the old town and the newer, more cosmopolitan part of the town are some excellent little shops. Shopping in Vannes is of a very high quality, and you can pop into the Vannes Aquarium, Butterfly House or the Musee des Automates (mechanical toys) if you require a little inspiration!
After a hard morning sightseeing or shopping in Vannes, you can head down towards the port from your accommodation in Vannes, Brittany and take a tour of the islands of the Gulf of Morbihan, or you can hire a yacht and discover them for yourself. However, you are reminded that the majority of islands here are privately owned.
Outside the town, the coastline and rolling hills of central Morbihan are perfect for walking, cycling and horse riding. Vannes is a great base for exploring the Morbihan countryside, and there are many places to visit. Horse riding in Vannes is especially popular, and there are a range of stables surrounding the town where you can take guided tours and hire horses.
The village of La-Vraie-Croix is a delightful place to be, especially during the summer when the whole town is adorned with floral displays and the colourful blooms of many gardens. Walking and cycling in the surrounding countryside is a wonderful experience, but if you suffer from hay-fever, La-Vraie-Croix is possibly not an ideal destination in the summer!
St Gildas de Rhuys is a perfect destination for anyone wishing to do a little sailing from their holiday rental property in the Vannes area. Located on the sheltered shores of the Gulf of Morbihan, St Guildas de Rhuys sits on a long, sandy beach on an unspoilt peninsula jutting out into the sea.
Sarzeau also lies on the Rhuys Peninsula, with excellent beaches on both the Atlantic and Gulf of Morbihan sides, although those of the Atlantic coast are larger. The beaches are not the only attraction in Sarzeau though. The 13th Century Chateau de Suscinio and the various menhirs and dolmens which adorn the landscape are simply stunning.
The effects of the Gulf Stream mean that Vannes has a climate much warmer than you might imagine. During July and August, temperatures in Vannes rise to a monthly average of around 25°C, often reaching 30°C during by midday. In winter, temperatures are closer to an average of 5°C, slightly milder than the same time in England.
You are spoilt for choice when travelling to accommodation in Vannes, Brittany. Rennes Airport (ZFJ) receives direct cheap flights from airports throughout the UK, provided by Ryanair and Flybe. Alternatively, you can catch a ferry with your car or on foot from any number of ports along the south coast of England to St Malo.