Etel and the ria, great Morbihan!

Today is officially a Holiday , the Ascension Day August 15 in France. So even if my Summer vacation don’t start until tomorrow, I have today’s off lol! Now so much to do out and in house, that I could not come up with something to do , amazing! So I decided to take my boys and have a car ride by the coast.

So a whims of air we went to Etel, passing by Ploemel ,Belz , and Saint Cado briefly by car. This is in glorious department 56, Morbihan ;my home dept. I have written before on Etel of course, a bit, here is that post for reference: Etel ,ria, and tuna trawlers!

The town is near me of course; as all the coast is… Étel is only 18 km from Auray , 30 km from Lorient and Vannes. Also, 22 km from my home!

In the middle of the 19C Etel fought for its independence from neighboring Erdeven. Etel in Breton language is An Intel. The former territory was called Saint Pierre d’Erdeven ; back in August of 1848, the locals heavily into the sardine business petition to have their own town; finally in 1850, Etel is raised to a town , independent of Erdeven. This is a heavily fish town, back in the 17C with more than 10 boats doing this catch in the area; it had about 12 conservation firms canning goods between 1849 and 1910. However, crises of the Sardine in the end of the 19C and beginning of the 20C made it change its fishing to Tuna. This fishing increase tremendously from 40 boats in 1910 to 220 in 1934, claiming the town as the first in France. The end of WWII put an end to this fishing and the town reorganized into motor boats and boat repairs.

For the pleasure boat lover or owner, the harbor marina (Le Port) here is heavens and so picturesque, here are some of the latest !



There is a quaint nice water taxi boat between the harbor of Etel and that of Le Magouer across the ria.  Its sort of the little train on water ::)


Two things to know here and beautiful to see and ride on it with pro help are

The river of Étel or Ria Étel (in Breton Stêr an Intel) is a small coastal river of the Morbihan in region of Brittany, which flows in an Aber (or ria), meaning that its deep valley is invaded by the sea at rising tide. It is a small bay dotted with islets, the mouth of which lies in the Atlantic Ocean at the level of the town of Étel and that of Plouhinec.

At the mouth of the Ria is the bar of Étel, a shoal of underwater sand formed by the crossing of the currents and whose position is variable. This bar makes navigation difficult. A semaphore is built in 1960, on the Plouhinec side, in order to safely guide sailors towards the entrance to the ria.


There is a nice museum of Tuna fishing that better call ahead to make sure is open, a great fish market, and a wonderful SNSM volunteer lifeguard station that I am involved with especially those in Honfleur Normandy. More on this later in the month.


While we were there today ,there was a antique car collectors meeting and voilà so my wonderful Mustang (Ford) my brand of car and my favorite all time car (used to own one too but too expensive in France now).  There was a nice Harley-Davidson motocycle and a super Auburn Super Charged !! Also, some fund raising going on inside the old covered market now use for events as well.


We did our usual driving and went to see the super change updated Pont Lorois in Belz now much better to go over it and over the oyster and mussel beds of the Riviera of Etel!

pont lorois

The town of Etel, was grand and even saw a buddy from work that lives there! The town is very picturesque with a beautiful marina and nice quaint restos . One resto brought a bit of tears as it was frequent there with my dear late wife Martine and we love it, the Le Cha qui Pêche at the harbor area or Le Port.




Talking about the the Harbor well here you can get cruising to the river up stream and into the islands outside on the Atlantic with the company Navix.  More on their webpage in French: Navix on Etel


Another nice afternoon in my gorgeous Morbihan, and now ready to tackle the job in the house tomorrow and later in the evening see the quarter final match of Spain vs Nigeria for the women U20 World Cup 2018 been played in nearby Concarneau!Aupa España ::) Stay tune!!!

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Tourist office of Etel

The harbor of Etel

Dept 56 Morbihan tourism on Etel

Hope you enjoy your Summer wherever you are. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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