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April 23, 2016

Coastal Morbihan: Ploemel,Erdeven,and Etel.

Today I decided to go back and visit some towns along the coast that before just breeze by them; this is the gorgeous coastal towns of the Morbihan Breton.  The tourist office of the department 56 Morbihan in the region of Brittany is here :

The cities leaving by car down the road D768 into the D22 direction Erdeven, and getting on the D105 past first Ploemel, than Erdeven, and finally Etel before coming back home the same way.  The Ploemel tourism is attach to Auray communities here :

Then, Erdeven is here: ; and Etel here :

At Ploëmel a small town furthest from the ocean ,you have wonderful small city center with a fountain laundry of Recouvrance and the nice Church of Saint André and the better Chapelle de la Recouvrance next to each other. The bus 18  passes by here from Vannes so not even need a car ::) pdf schedule breizhgo:

The Chapelle was done between 1560 to 1563 and a pilgrimage site for the fisherman and seamen in the area ,and there is a big pardon on August 15 each year.


At Erdeven, we got some breads at the Boulangerie Robic one of the best in the region, and very traditional, something to Munch our way thru the day,


Then, we walk into the Church St Pierre et St Paul (St Peter and St Paul); done in 1755 thereabouts with a granite belltower, several adds on and renovation the latest from 1852. Wonderful wooden painting  of the trunk of Saint Anthony. A must to see really. Just across is the Chapelle of Langroez or the True Cross, Vrai Croix in French. It dates from the 16C with major work as late as 1957. There is more to see and return as 7 other Chapels in the area !!!

We did get some biscuits from our favorite local traditions store in the region La Trinitaine; stop when in the area all Worth it:

And if need to get some local souvenirs stop by at Souvenirs Breton, right next to the city or town hall and the parking lot where i always parked.

Finally , we reach Etel, this is a wonderful tuna fishing old tradition town now with a nice museum that sits on an apartment building lower floors in a residential area by the end of the port area. Retracing the history of tuna fishing and canning here of yesteryears: Musée des Thoniers:

This is a wonderful town with nice beaches in the Ria all around the bay before going out into the ocean. Great center of sailings, canoe, kayak etc sports as well.  The town was part of Erdeven until local Citizens  did a petition to have their own town and won in 1850. Not having a Church they slowly built one until 1857 the current Church of Notre Dame des Flots ,it was closed when we arrive but it has nice interiors according to local friends  such as per the tourist office stained glass from the 19C and statues of  Sainte Anne (patron sainte of all Brittany), and the Virgin protector of the seamen

The town has several fountains and laundry such as the one by the port the Fontaine du Port done in 1810 with two laundries and a third one added in 1858; just at the end of the port as you walk towards the museum .


The SNSM is a voluntary organisation in France to lifeguard the sea aficionados and boat owners getting them save out of the water in case of mishaps; they do other functions such as taking my mother out to sea burial at Honfleur. I am very attach and supporter; the base at Etel is the nicest and biggest of them in my new area. The station at Etel was done in 1866! The newest lifesaving boat from 2012 is the SNS 205 Nohic of which will have photos here.


To reach Etel without car you can take the breizgo network line 16  Lorient- Etel – Auray or bus 18  Port-Louis – Étel – La Trinité-sur-mer.

The harbor crossing from the marina to the naval chantier across at Magouër is done with a taxi boat service Le Magouër doing service from  the ports of Etel and Magouër to Plouhinec. More here :


The surrender of the Nazis in this region was done at Etel on May 8 1945 the day of Saint Joanne d’Arc ; it is now a bar restaurant BB Bar Breton at 2 rue du 8 mai 1945.

We were there on the day of the Salon du Bateau Transportable or the transporable boats salon fair, with lots of displays of small boats motor or not, kayak, canoe, etc and clothing, accessories etc; around the marina port area just nice and good family ambiance.



And of course , we needed to catch up on something to eat. We were by the above event so try a different restaurant than last time I was with my sons; with the whole family we pick Le Chat Qui Pêche at 2 Cours des Quais. This is a great site in French for the local area and resto has some extra photos:



We had our usual beers Grimbergens, diabolo menthe, and burgers those with goat cheese were the most ,I settle for the local beef and andouillette breton all for 17.40 euros per person, included fries and green salads and water. And we came home.

Enjoy the coastal Morbihan is the best here,and so many choices ,not seen all yet lol! Cheers!!

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