Discovering the area of Lorient and the Ile de Groix !


BrittanyNature and Outdoor ActivitiesCoastal


Reading time: 0 minPublished on 7 February 2023, updated on 28 April 2024

The Ile de Groix

A gem of the territory, Groix reveals treasures of exceptional natural spaces, mineralogical wealth that made it famous in the world, dream beaches, not to mention the remains of history scattered throughout the area: menhirs, dolmens, chapels and fountains.

The Gâvres peninsular

The coastline east of Lorient is part of the largest dune system in Brittany, called "Grand site dunaire Gâvres-Quiberon". It extends over 25 km of continuous coastline, without urbanization, to the peninsula of Gâvres,

The little sea of Gâvres

Site preserved from human activity and the mood of the oceans, the Little Sea of Gâvres contains an astonishing plant and animal biodiversity. There is fishing on foot, observing passing bird colonies and many water sports. The Maison de l’île Kerner Museum, former oyster farm house, will make you discover the culture and spirit of this place which is changing its face twice a day with the turning tides.

Larmor Beach

Pretty resort, with its fine sandy beaches in the heart of the city, large villas, bars and restaurants on the waterfront, Larmor-Plage is surrounded by a pleasant walkway. It is well known to surfers with the Centre Nautique de Kerguelen, the top French sailing school.

The citadel of Port Louis

Stone sentinel watching over the waters of the harbour entrance, the Citadel of Port Louis, with the of the India Company Museum and the naval museum, is one of the most visited sites in Brittany.

The Eric Tabarly sailing centre

On the siteof the former submarine base, the Lorient authority has created a space dedicated to the memory of those lost at sea and offshore racing. It houses 2,000 square metres of permanent exhibition, a resource centre and an entertainment area. This is the home port of the Pen Duick of Eric Tabarly, which can be admired at her moorings.

The artistic crafts yard in Pont-Scorff

In the village of Pont-Scorff, the artistic craft yard invites you to a friendly atmosphere and the discovery of arts using fire. The space shows the productions of some sixty contemporary artistic craftsmen. Objects of glass, earth, wood, many tree species, resin, metal, slate, etc.

The zoo of Pont Scorff

The zoo of Pont-Scorffoccupies a prominent place. Set in 12 hectares of greenery, there are more than 600 animals of 120 different species. A trip through the five continents to discover magnificent animals in a magical setting.

The Fort du Loch

This military construction built from 1756 is a reference point on the coast, between Guidel and Ploemeur. It is an ideal stopping point for hikers exploring the nature reserve of the Loch or sunbathers wanting to discover a historic building.

The Studs of Hennebont

Located on the banks of the Blavet, at the heart of a beautiful park of 23 hectares,the National Stud is a prestigious place wrought by time. The museum part enables you to discover the history of relations between man and horses, the activity of the stud and its trades. Carriage rides are offered to visit the park and discover the sensation of horse-drawn carriages.

The green route

To the west of Lorient, along the ocean, a beautiful green route is to be found within a protected natural site, between Guidel-Plages and Kerroc'h (Ploemeur). Very busy in the summer and on weekends, this pedestrian-bicycle route, overlooking the sea on the side of the beach, offers superb views, with the Ile de Groix in the background. Golfers will enjoy a 18-hole course along the cliff.

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