Here I am waiting for the big football match, and revisited this morning/afternoon the family favorite spot in Brittany so far, is the Quiberon or the presqu’ile because it is almost an island, reminds me of the keys of Florida USA. You will see why is my favorite as already have posts on it in July 2,9,and August 20,2011. Time for another visit.
Its an idylic semi island of wonderful beaches, bike trails, ULM light planes, surfing boards, ballooning, karting, horseback riding, you name it for fun is here. You have all the wonderful gastronomy of Brittany and France, as well as wonderful goodies like macaroons to take home. Nothing to be left behind the wonderful museum on the history of the region from French revolution times. You are in paradise.
It is only 35 kms from my home, and so far the rides by car has been wonderful. IN season, there is a bus from auray the line 1 of TIM coming from the gare or train station of Auray. As well as a little real SNCF train from Auray to Quiberon only in the summer. Of course, the best here is by car ,take the N165 expressway, and get off at exit Carnac/Quiberon, get on the road D22 for a while and at roundabout take the sign marked Quiberon amongst other but the road is D768. Its a straight ride to the tip of the peninsula.
The official tourist webpage for Quiberon in English is here http://www.quiberon.com/index.php?&id_site=5
Here is bus line 1 schedule for july and august 2012, http://www.morbihan.fr/UserFile/flash/CarteTIM/horaires/HLn1-E-2012.pdf
A town of Auray is a great base, that is where I live, but you ,also past by Plouharnel ,nice picturesque town just before the entering into the peninsula ocean side. There is a wonderful secluded beach and boat harbor by Port Haliguen , that is great for families seeking quietness and beach.
Upon entering Quiberon you will see the parking Semâphore, that you can leave your car and buses takes you for free into city center by the gare maritime. This gare maritime has cruise ships into the outlaying island especially the Belle-ile. You will see just past the gare or train station parking (where I always park for easy in and out of the center) you have the church of Notre Dame Locmaria done from the 15C but after several fires and destruction, the current one dates from 1906.
There is a wonderful casino at end of the grand plage or big beach, for the game aficionados. The grand plage is great, lots of action, activities games, music,and beautiful people, see the tourist office pictures here http://www.quiberon.com/index.php?id_site=5&option=tourisme&id_page=&idCategorie=9&modeAffichage=liste . There are wonderful hotels typical local ones which of course I dont need but have seen up close and look very nice such as Hotel de l’Ocean and Hotel Albatros. webpages http://www.hotel-de-locean.com/ and http://www.hotel-albatros-quiberon.com/
You have many wonderful restaurants,but first the best macaroons as Thierry Hafnaoui,3 place de la Duchesse Anne ,Quiberon, just voted one of the best macaroons in France, just wonderful. For fish,seafood canning goods, a tradition in the area, head for the Belle Iloise at city center near the fishing coop at webpage http://www.labelleiloise.fr/fr/nos-boutiques/quiberon-port-maria.htm
There is plenty to eat, we were at l’Embarcadére resto last with mackerel fish and rice, complet galette noir ,chevre or goat cheese salad,moules curry, with leffe beers galore for 60 Euros for four.webpage at the department Morbihan tourist page, http://www.morbihan.com/bar-l-embarcadere/quiberon/tabid/7419/offreid/a3c2899a-0e27-452a-b96e-2482294735e6/detail-restaurants.aspx
We have been there to several others, like Quai Ouest, La Capitainerie,resto les 3 mats,le colibri,L’huitriere, quai des glaces,which I try to put contact info here, 51 Rue Port Maria, http://www.quiberon.com/index.php?id_site=5&option=tourisme&id_page=&idCategorie=2&action=rechercher&idChamp115=02.01.13.01.04 and http://www.quiberon.com/index.php?id_site=1&option=tourisme&id_page=&idCategorie=2&action=rechercher&idFiche=6471&pageX=1&evenement_pour_favoris=ajouter_au_favoris&titre_enregistrement_pour_favoris=Restaurant+la+Capitainerie&id_categorie_enregistrement_pour_favoris=2&id_enregistrement_pour_favoris=6471&has_mode_detail_pour_favoris=true&option_pour_favoris=tourisme&gps_lat_pour_favoris=47.47643&gps_lng_pour_favoris=-3.12764&gps_zoom_pour_favoris=13 and http://www.quiberon.com/index.php?id_site=1&option=tourisme&id_page=&idCategorie=2&action=afficherFicheDetail&idFiche=6757&pageX=1and http://www.quiberon.com/index.php?id_site=1&option=tourisme&id_page=&idCategorie=2&action=afficherFicheDetail&idFiche=5958&pageX=5
all at the Quiberon tourist office webpage.
not to missed the flea market by the pl Vazquez and on towards the grand plage. The pretty gardens next to the hotel de ville or mayor’s office on main street towards the grand plage. Market on wednesdays and Saturdays from 8h to 15h.
Not to forget the petit train or touristic train for a nice ride in town. IN all again this is a place we will be back several times, as indeed unanimously is our family’s favorite of all the places we have seen so far in Brittany. Now some pictures, and enjoy them with moderation. Cheers.