Let me introduce you to Plouharnel!

Ok as usual, have written on this town in previous posts briefly but it really deserves posts of its own. I pass by it almost every weekend when I am not traveling out of France as it is just south of me in the peninsula of Quiberon just before the isthmus. I like to tell you a bit more about Plouharnel.

Plouharnel is a town in the Morbihan Department 56 of Brittany. This town is located at the bottom of Quiberon Bay, 3 km from Carnac.   The coastline of the town is part of the largest cordon of dunes of Brittany which stretches from the point of Gâvres to the Fort of Penthièvre on the town of Saint-Pierre-Quiberon.

Notes of history tell us that on July 16, 1795, a battle between Chouans (rebels against the French revolution ) and Republicans ( French Republic revolutionaries) took place west of Plouharnel and South of Carnac, it was named the battle of Plouharnel. There were seven Mills in Plouharnel, including Kerloguen, Kergonan, Pero, Kerfourchelle, Pont-Neuf, Glevenay and the Bego tidal mill; the only surviving today is Glevenay

On the territory of the town of Plouharnel there are an important set of megalithic monuments from the Neolithic period such as the dolmen in the Chapel of Cosquer; a corridor dolmen at the Chapel of Saint Anthony ;a corridor dolmen in Crucuno the rectangular cromlech of Crucuno, called “quadrilateral of Crucuno” a menhir in the enclosure of Crucuno; a corridor dolmen at Kergavat;   a corridor dolmen at Kerroc’h, three corridor dolmens in Rondossec , a corridor dolmen in Runesto, a menhirs alignment at Sainte-Barbe, a menhirs alignment at Vieux Moulin. Other significant monuments here are the Chapelle Notre-Dame-des-Fleurs, 16C, Chapelle Sainte-Barbe, 16C, Abbaye Saint-Michel de Kergonan and Abbaye Sainte-Anne de Kergonan.

As always, we went by car, and stop at nice Plouharnel ,which we have passed by and in city center but this time went to their beach. Nice clean beach, althought more suited for surfers and kites folks ,lots of waves; the rest was nice. My co workers do surf here so it is very popular place for them.



We ,also, stop by the old Chapel of Ste Barbe  (Santa Barbara) which has a history of the Chouans rebels that were here camping with Gen Cadoudal back in 1795; they fought the French revolution. As many led you to believe that it was a revolution on the king and period, it was longer than that and not totally wipe out the resistance than until 1832. Before all the combattants were given pardon and titles given back, even some like Gen Cadoudal posthumously given Marshal of France!

More on the Chapel here: City of Plouharnel on the Chapel of St Barbe




On the way back , I stop at the dolmen Mané Kerioned on the D768 road between Auray and Plouharnel, always pass by it and see, this time took pictures lol!! The stones here dates from more than 3500 years BC. Its a group of 2 dolmen stones standing side by side facing South, and a third one facing them; the longest one you need to kneeled but it is 10 meters long below the surface. It has several engraving hard to decipher even today, these were burial chambers….impressive!!. The limits are given to Carnac but they are really closer to Plouharnel.


More on the dolmens here: City of Plouharnel on the Dolmens

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here in addition to those above and or ask me are

City of Plouharnel on heritage in French

Plages TV on the beaches of Plouharnel in English

There you go a nice town to visit with history all around you and nice beach in Plouharnel. You will see a bit more on the abbeys above in my next post. Stay tune!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

5 Comments to “Let me introduce you to Plouharnel!”

  1. A nice beach. France has such good beaches, almost as good as UK!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Fascinating and magical place. 👍

    Liked by 1 person

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