The beaches of Carnac!

Ok so the world knows this town and Unesco recognised because of the megalith stones that abound here and more on another post. However, we come here literally for the beaches and the ambiance in good weather. Sometimes even in bad weather for the ambiance in the restos/bars. The town is great and well known in France and Europe especially UK who in summer months are all over.

I like to tell you a bit more than on my other posts on Carnac that were of a general nature and specifically tell you about the beaches here. Enjoy it , good season is coming soon. Therefore, a break from the wonderful monuments of my belle France!

It’s a splendid beach area just 32 km or so (about 19 miles) from my home. Carnac is known for its megalithes stones, however, the things that attacts me here is the beach life, and restos with terraces along the beaches ,and the nightlife well at least to mingle in the restos but my sons love it ::).  The drive is very nice along quaint villages ,and the main entry from my side of Auray is the Carnac bourg, this is what is considered the city center , usually where the church (more on this one on another post too) and mayor’s office is located. It has a nice central plaza with restos all around it ,and an escape from the more bustle at the beach or Carnac plage. You follow the signs for Les Plages, and you reach the area of beaches known as Carnac plage.  Here is  one beach after the other, my favorites are Ty Bihan, Légenèse, and the Grande Plage (main central beach). There is also, St Colomban,Beaumer , Pô, and Men Du.




There is the Grand Plage, here its just a big semi circle of wooded secluded beaches great for surfing and families. For info the tourist season here is 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  and the best place for surfing ,and belly planchers.  Plages de Beaumer , Pô, and Men Dù,  these are in the small ilots of île de Stuhan and link by a narrow sand dune in the water at high sea ,where we can discover a natural alley at sea. The beaches of Légénes and Ty Bihan are very nice too,  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 food is plenty and would be unfair to just name a few, however, for something different head for 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. 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. The resto was full but always rotating with tables available and 3 servers. For a first impression , bit slow , but again very popular with locals and tourists alike.


It was time to eat again, and we came back to our favorite at the Memes Tra,(now under new ownership as the Lulu à la plage brasserie) just as good and across the beach at Grande Plage, and very close to the shopping area behind it , the food is delicious, we gang up on mussels is the season, curry and garlic sauces combination with delicious homemade fries, grimbergen beers, and more banana splits, Breizh gourmand (coffee with small breton cakes like far breton etc), and Quebec cup of ice cream different flavors.


We hit Saint Colombard beach early  to avoid traffic and potential bad weather as can change quickly here ,we never know even with local forecasts its not a perfect science.


We did walk into the bunker (St Colombard beach)  that I wanted to do last time so this is a remnant from WWII, and still there rusting away but still there.  We again saw the kids activities early on with learning to swim and all in an inflatable pool! The rocks or reefs onto the beach is a sight to see, and the white sandy beach was a delight.


The official tourist office for Carnac is at webpage  Tourist office of Carnac on beaches

There is a petit train or little train service, that takes you around the city and into nearby La Trinité sur Mer. More here: The Petit Train of Carnac


For a great ice cream go to L’Igloo just a block from the Grande Plage or big beach, superb , our family would come here just for that! More here: Tourist office of Carnac on the L’Igloo ice creams

For a quick coffee, the lotto tickets, magazines, newspaper, and the must stamp, we had the opportunity to visit it especially for the lottery and newspaper this friendly Bar Tabac Le Marigny, very close to the beach, more here: Tourist office of Morbihan on le Marigny bar tabac in French

If staying longer periods and need grocery shopping there is on Super U right by the beaches area more info here: Super U Carnac ave des Druides

Like I said, the beaches of Carnac are glorious, the time of the year to be out every day, unfortunately we work here (really we do ::)) but on weekend is fantastic. Hope you enjoy it too.

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

2 Comments to “The beaches of Carnac!”

  1. We love Carnac largely because of its beaches but also because it’s a lovely place to holiday.

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