Carnac ,its beaches and stones, plus my backyard.

This is a monumental place of milleniums megaliths stones already on UNESCO world heritage site list,and wonderful beaches. Its only about 20 kms or 10 miles from my house, and it has become my backyard. Today was hot, so we finally took a dip in the water lol!!!

I am talking about Carnac,of course. The official tourist office is here

Its a place to go eat seafood, fish, and the great Breton galettes/crêpes with the cider or the white wine of muscadet/loire or the beer bretons. Millions comes for the stones, the millenium megaliths stones still unknown how they end up here like this align in fields sometimes cutoff by a road made today. The tourists were in force today from many countries too. The most are the British.

The main attraction for me its the beach life, reminds me of my roots, and the different types from mix sand pebbles to just fine white sands, pool like beauties to surfing breaker types; and the wonderful seafood just across the street from them.

There is the Grand Plage, here its just a big semi circle of wooded secluded beaches great for surfing and families. Open from first weekend  in July to last weekend of August included. Every day from 13h- 19h there is lifeguard on duty. You have dressing,showers and WC available. Plage St Colomban, further west into La Trinité sur Mer, and the best place for surfing ,and belly planchers.  Plages de Beaumer and Men Dù,  these are in the small ilots of île de Stuhan and link by a arrow sunk in the water at high sea ,where we can discover a natural alley at sea. The beaches of Légénes and Ty Bihan are my favorites,  there are west of the Yacht Club, small beaches in comparison  but very nice indeed. In between all there is Port du Pô, a nice harbor where you can attained the beaches and have some good food looking at the sea.   Kids activities including learn to swim (special inflatable mini pools )  is available and supervise by certified instructors.

The transports here is by bus in season its ok, winter is dead. Only one line; Line 1  of TIM=transport interurbain du morbihan.  , and of course the car;;; coming from Paris you get on the A13 or the A11, just 5 euros less on tolls in the A13, and 30 minutes earlier. So once at Rennes you take the N24 direction Lorient,Vannes, then hook up with N166 at Ploermel, and on the N165 at Vannes, continue direction Lorient to the D768 direction Carnac;Quiberon,Auray and here around the roundabout take the direction Carnac/Quiberon until the next roundabout take the direction Carnac. all is very well signalise and good visibility signs. the best parking is right by ty bihan beaches as it is best to come early, after 11am or 11H the parking becomes difficult but still possible; each of the beaches has its parking area for free.

We are kind set on eating at the same place we first like, so the Memestra bistro at Ty Bihan is fantastic, for the service ,the food, and the view right across the street from the beach main entrance; menus change every day but the seafood is always the star. webpage morbihan official  tourist site

The other we try is the Kreiz An Avel, at 1 ave de la chapelle, in the port du Pô area of Carnac, great seafood and pizzeria in two different legal entities , resto with Kreiz An Avel and pizzas with Pizza Baia. Same owners , they are in roundabout facing the harbor. We try for lunch the pizzas with canard, chorizos, and hams, with banana splits, ice cream, and creme brulée à coconut; with pints of beers pelforths; all for five at 108€. The price is right for a tourist area, the food was great, good company as we found British tourists who had come there the day before and like it a lot. However, for us, the service was very slow beyond the call of duty slow…We even had to go to counter and pick up the water carafe d’eau because very slow. The resto was full but always rotating with tables available and 3 servers. For a first impression , slow so, need to give a break until winter.

Obviously we dont rent here, but we do walk in and around the places so we talk about in my blog, and having written previous posts on Carnac (7apr11,21aug11,and 8jul12) we will be talking more about them in the future,and Carnac. For now, we will say impressed but very expensive with rooms at 186€ for the Hôtel Le Plancton , webpage ; however, very nice , great looks, and the folks we spoked to very pleasant. There is a restaurant for the evenings at menus at 26€ very well balance and local products. The rooms face the ocean are nice. The location is superb, with beach or plage légénes and ty bihan nearby.  Another favorite that we saw and like it, is the Hotel Le Diana, even closer to beach Ty Bihan, and great area just around the corner to ave des menhirs to go into city center Carnac Plage with plenty of restos, shops, and tabac. Very nice beach front hotel, with great status and facilities, nice friendly conversation.  Prices to match le plancton but better facilities including a hamman, gym, exterior pool,and full resto/bar. webpage . Another nice hotel in between the beaches by the Yacht Club and Ecole Française de Voile or sailing school is the Hotel des  Rochers, at blvd de la base nautique (same road as blvd de l’océan, and bvld de la plage along the coast beaches); this is a family hotel of four generations so very personal service here, small and quaint all decorated like the seaman they are. Parking is free !!! webpage

You can walk all along the côte or coast from port du Pô to plage St Colomban passing some interesting breton architecture, and nice homes. Not the least the beaches all next to the sand !!! I have included a shot of the activities coming up in August at Carnac. Enjoy it ,its wonderfully good.

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