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Destination guide

Medieval times come to life in Vannes

Protected by thick stone walls, Vannes has stood since Roman times, and many of its medieval buildings are still standing in great condition. Stay in a Vannes holiday rental and you'll have time to explore historic churches and cathedrals, visit museums and enjoy the artisanal shops within the town's 4 walls. Home to several Michelin-starred restaurants, as well as rustic boulangeries and creperies where you can pick up a treat, it's a great spot to try all sorts of French classics. Set in the Gulf of Morbihan, which accounts for its mild climate, Vannes offers sandy beaches and woodland walks nearby.

Things to do

Wander around Vannes' old city walls

Once you've explored the town, take a stroll around the old city walls to learn more about the history of Vannes. The Remparts de Vannes date back to Roman times, and there's a 45-minute walk that takes you around the walls, with lots of interesting features to spot along the way like the Jardin des Remparts, whose neatly kept rows of flowers and hedges create a regal look. The various parts of the battlements were built in different periods, so you can spot interesting architectural features such as turrets and towers as you take the tour.

Activities

Explore the historic centre of Vannes

Walking through the imposing gates of Porte St-Vincent Ferrier, you'll feel like you've stepped back into medieval times, with beautifully preserved timber-clad houses and cobblestone streets. Some Vannes holiday rentals are even located within the town's walls, allowing you to immerse yourself in history during your stay. Visiting the 2 museums inside the walls is a great way to learn more about this unique town. Inside the imposing grey stone Chateau Gaillard you'll find rooms stuffed full of archaeological treasures discovered over the centuries. La Cohue is a converted market turned art museum, with a wide selection of contemporary and historic works.

Weather

Pleasant summers and mild weather in Vannes

Vannes enjoys the classic Brittany climate, and it's popular in the summer when there's usually a pleasant heat in the low 20s. Autumn and spring are both popular times to book Vannes holiday rentals, as the town's position on the south coast of Brittany means there's not as much rain as the rest of the region, plus temperatures are mild. Winters rarely reach freezing, although there can be a chilly wind, and Vannes looks particularly enchanting when decked out in Christmas decorations.

Natural features

Enjoy sandy beaches on Vannes' Gulf of Morbihan

Vannes sits on the Gulf of Morbihan, a natural sheltered harbour that has excellent conditions for swimming. Conleau Beach is a cove with a sandy beach surrounded by trees. During the summer months, the shallow waters are full of swimmers, and lots of small boats dock nearby to explore Vannes. Just a short drive from town is Réserve Naturelle des Marais de Séné, a wetlands nature reserve, where you'll see rare birds nesting among the long grasses. There are long walks through the shady woodland, and observation towers where you can look for creatures through binoculars.

How to get there

Transport options to and around Vannes

Fly into Lorient (LRT-Lorient - South Brittany), the closest airport, located 32.2 mi (51.8 km) from the city centre.

If you'd rather travel by train, the main station serving the city is Vannes Station.

How many holiday rentals are available around Vannes?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,677 holiday lettings around Vannes. From 591 flats & apartments to 50 villas, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in Vannes?

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside... said everyone ever. Find the right home away from home for your group and you'll be well on your way to a bit of beachy bliss! Luckily, there are 908 beachside holiday properties to spirit yourself away to. After a different setting? See if any of our other properties steal your heart. Our selection here includes:

  • 634 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 391 oceanfront holiday accommodation options.
  • 384 village holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Vannes?

If you want to live like a local and love having lots of space to spread out, renting a whole house is the way to go. There are 750 houses currently listed on HomeAway. Prices start at £28 per night. Or maybe you'd rather pick one of the area's other sought-after self-catering accommodation options, such as:

  • Apartment: 489 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £30 per night.
  • Cottage: 58 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £31 per night.
  • Villa: 52 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £81 per night.

Can I stay in Vannes in a large group?

There's nothing more exciting than being somewhere totally new with close friends and family. And the best news is HomeAway has options to suit big groups. 196 house holiday rentals are ready to be booked. Currently, they're the top option here for big groups. If you're planning on travelling in a big group, the holiday rentals that can meet your needs include:

  • Searching for rentals that can sleep 6 of you? We have 385 that will suit. Prices begin from just £31 per night.
  • After a place for 5 people? We have 310 that will suit. Prices start from £34 a night.
  • Seeking out rental properties to suit 8 guests? You'll be pleased to learn we have 211 that'll be perfect. You can bag one from just £66 per night.

So never fear! When you book with us you can bring along your mom, your sister and all your friends to Vannes.

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