Pointe du Blaire, Baden!

Ok so back to my French lands in the beautiful region of Brittany/Bretagne. I live if not read my posts in the dept 56 Morbihan, in land territory not far from home. After a wonderful vacation in my beloved Madrid hard to get back on track but need to do so life goes on la vie est belle as we say.

Today, I take you to another semi private public space of the so many found in the gorgeous Morbihan. For those new to my blog , Morbihan is the only department/state/province of France that does not have a French name but actually the local Breton language. Mor means sea and bihan is small so in French would be petite mer nevertheless it is Breton Morbihan !

In seeking to come closer to my new adopted area and always trying to find new places I went to what is usually routine trip on already visited areas but with so many creeks, tips and valleys attach I have enough to keep me busy for the rest of my life here. Today I am taking you to the Tip of Blair or the Pointe du Blaire!

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We went by car along the old familiar D101 past Le Bono (past my boys old high school) into the town of Baden to find this gem of today.

The Pointe du Blaire or Blair is in the Gulf of Morbihan, dept 56 of Morbihan. It is located on the territory of the town of Baden, at the mouth of the Auray river. Opposite the pointe du Blaire is the entrance to the Auray river. To the left of the entrance, facing the sea, is the island of seven isles or the Sept ïles. On the right is the town of Locmariaquer. For memory , I have post on all these names already in my blog.

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The Pointe du Blaire is a peninsula about 1 km long and 200 meters wide. It rises to 21 meters above sea level . In the Auray river, between the Pointe du Blaire and Huernic, the currents reach 4 knots (about 7 kph or less than 5 mph. Access to the jetty, which belongs to the public domain, is made by a private road, on a private lot, serving a subdivision. Access to the Pointe du Blaire is via the coastal path.

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The Route des Vénètes (old inhabitants name for which the dept capital Vannes is name) road, there is the Venetean Wall a barred spur that closes the Pointe du Blaire , in the town of Baden. The remains date from the Neolithic ,between 5000 and 2500 BC! Go around the Pointe du Blaire with beautiful views of the island Sept ïles , Er Runio and the Auray river.

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A bit of history on what could have been here at the Pointe du Blaire

Count Arthur Dillon wanted, in 1899, to make Larmor Baden a commercial port that would easily compete with that of Vannes. He built for this purpose at Penn Lannic a 110 yards jetty. Not finding the depths that he expected as only 6 meters, he abandoned the site in 1905 and transposed his idea at the Pointe de Blaire, the mouth of the Auray river in the Gulf of Morbihan. Taking advantage of the existence, in the bed of the river, depths of 10 meters at low seas, he planned to create a port in deep water, connected offshore by a natural channel. The future port, the deepest of all the French ports of the Atlantic, could have accommodated the ships with the largest drafts of the time. He would have transformed the Gulf of Morbihan by attracting trade and industry. Finally, after many twists (including the war of 1914-1918), the idea had no follow-up.   Today remains a pier of 88 meters to which leans a large platform. Access to these places, which became public since 1922, is regulated by a private subdivision. There is a coastal path that allows you to go around the Pointe du Blaire.

The information on these places is in French but nevertheless will post here and if questions you can ask me ok.

City of Baden on its heritage and pointe du Blaire

City of Locmariaquer on its heritage and Pointe du Blaire

And if you want to get a nice boat ride along this area there is the river passage boat or passeur des ïles , webpage here: Official Passeur des Iles boat cruise

For a day picnic or sightseeing into the natural environment of our world or the Morbihan this is a pleasant trip. We have already plan to do picnics here even in cooler weather !at nice secluded Pointe du Blaire. Really nice natural area and it has already bench tables for picnics and wooded free parking right next to walk trails to the secluded beach ! Lovely indeed.

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Hope you enjoy the off the beaten path areas of my beautiful Morbihan and do come after ll we are the 3rd most visited region of France, and most visited departement in Bretagne!

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

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments to “Pointe du Blaire, Baden!”

  1. Beautiful photos: It certainly looks perfect for a picnic. Enjoy!

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