The medieval town of Auray, Brittany, and its surrounding countryside is a wonderfully peaceful place to take a holiday rental property for your holidays. With a huge range of historical attractions ranging from pre-history right through to the monuments of WWII, Auray has enough to keep anyone with even a feint interest in history occupied for a very long time. This, combined with the beautiful countryside that has made Morbihan famous has made the Auray region of Brittany one of the most popular with visitors.
Among the finest attractions in Auray is the restored medieval centre of the town. Less crowded and just as impressive as the famous town of Vannes, Auray is a delight to visit. The Place de la Republique in the centre is a fine example of medieval architecture, with the 18th century town hall and Church de St Gildas creating a lavish, elegant feel. The fifteenth century houses in the St Goustan district of Auray are well worth seeing too.
The Auray coast of Morbihan is a delightful mix of rugged cliffs and small sandy beaches known as the Cote Sauvage (Wild Coast). The best bathing beaches are on the south and east of the peninsula, which are more sheltered during times of high wind offshore. If you are heading to the coast to surf, you will not be disappointed. Sailing, scuba diving and underwater photography courses also thrive in the area.
Many people arrive into Auray for the walking, cycling and horse riding. Auray is an ideal place for trekking, especially on horse back, as there are over 2,000km of bridle paths from the beaches to the forests, as well as many stables offering hirelings and guided tours of the countryside. Horse riding in Auray is absolutely exceptional, but if you would prefer to stay on your feet, don’t worry; there are more marked footpaths in Brittany than in any other region of France.
Fishing also thrives in the Auray region of Brittany. The River Blavet passes through the town of Auray, and there are no less than seven other salmon fishing rivers in the area. Lake fishing for perch, carp and pike is readily available, and you can get a holiday fishing permit for around 15 Euros.
There are also 5 18 hole golf courses in the Auray area, the finest of which is probably the Ploemeur-Ocean club. With challenging holes and spectacular coastal scenery, the Ploemeur Golf course is one of the most enjoyable courses to play for a great distance.
Camors is a delightful town on the banks of the River Blavet. Perfect for walking, cycling, canoeing and horse riding in Auray, Camors accommodation is an ideal place to retreat in Morbihan. The town is also home to one of the last remaining Breton clog maker.
Erdeven is a great beach resort in Auray. The 7 km Atlantic beach is a huge asset and the stunning prehistoric sites of Mane-Croch, Crucuno and Mane-Bras with their mystical megaliths attract a huge number of visitors each year.
Summers in Auray are blissfully warm, ideal for horse riding and walking on the beaches or in the shaded forests of the interior. With average temperatures of around 25°C in July and August, conditions are perfect for a warm beach holiday without becoming too hot.
Reaching a self catering Auray cottage or gite is very easy. Whether you decide to take a ferry or aeroplane, you can be settling into your Auray accommodation within hours of leaving home. Rennes Airport (ZFJ) receives a large number of cheap flights from across the UK, provided by Ryanair, Flybe and British Airways.