Nice Plouhinec!!!

And my continuing saga to update/revise older posts in my blog, I come back to my beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne. This is a place that first was found in my road warrior trips in the area , and we have come back for its natural beauty in nice Plouhinec. Hope you enjoy the off the beaten path trip.

This is another jewel that is nice for a day with the family and only about 40 minutes from my house. On the coast!!!  Seldom mentioned unless in an overall blog post today I dedicate this one to Plouhinec. The day was nice sunny, 15C or about 64F and no wind nor rain perfect weather for a cruise.

Plouhinec ,name of the town is Pleheneg in Breton. The name of the town is formed on the Breton Plou (parish or people) and Ithinouc (Pleheneg) or Ethinoc (deformation of the name of the Breton Saint Guéthénoc), or Ezinec, held in gorse in middle Breton. Another hypothesis would come from the name of Saint Winoc, as is the case for the similar town of Plouhinec in dept 29 Finistère.

The town is situated between the Ria of Étel in the east for 17 km and the small Sea of Gâvres on 5 km to the west. To the south the 8 km of beach overlooking the ocean are part of the largest dune of Brittany which extends from the Pointe de Gâvres to the Fort of Penthièvre on the town of Saint-Pierre-Quiberon (part of the wild coast of Quiberon) .Plouhinec is located 15 km from Lorient, 35 km from Vannes , the capital of the Morbihan region, and 147 km from Rennes, the capital of Brittany. Access is via the D158 road to the Gâvres Peninsula.

A bit of history I like

In 1793, the French revolutionary authorities decreed the war effort and conscription to resist the European nations at the gates of Paris. In Plouhinec, young people resisted the recruitment by commissioners and parodied the revolution by wearing the white badge (Royals) and declaring themselves aristocrats. During the Chouannerie, peasants revolt against the French revolution the local people who defied the revolutionaries were incarcerated at the citadel of Port Louis. They were eventually release on the exchange of cereal grains as payment.  During WWII, the coastal dune was used by the Nazi Army from 1940 by the construction of the base of the submarines and blockhouses of the Atlantic Wall. In 1944, the Allies decided to destroyed the Lorois bridge (Belz) to cut Lorient’s pocket in half. At the end of this war, the armistice talks in Lorient’s pocket were held at the Café de la Barre at the Magouër (last harbor before the sea).

Of course  ,we could not help it been hungry on the road and nothing prepared with a bunch of men in the car lol! So I remembered a place we ate once and was good with nice views of the bay so we headed for that. It is by the foot of the Lorois bridge on the side of the town of Belz on our way to the peninsula and it is the American’s Snacks, milkshakes, burgers, hot dogs all with an American flag and car plates from several places in the world such as Cuba in a very rustic country decoration. The service always very friendly where everyone even patrons tell you bonjour and au revoir the old fashion way:we love it!  We had plenty but me had my Calsberg blonde beer, with a New Yorker burger, including side order of fries and delicious salad, to end a pineapple and coconut milkshake! lovely … for 19€ !nice…Facebook page:




Some of the favorite things to see are:

The Church of Notre-Dame de Grâce or Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul was built from 1870 to 1873. It is an imposing building of néo gothic style where the high silhouette dominates the houses of the village.

The Pont Lorois bridge crosses the Ria of Étel between Belz and Plouhinec and connects the country of Auray to the country of Lorient. It is the only passage between the two shores.  It is actually in the town of Belz but dividing line with Plouhinec and right on the restaurant above. The Plage de Lînes or Linès beach is one of the best beaches of Plouhinec, it is part of the great Dune site which goes from Gâvres to Quiberon. This is heavens in Summer time, today was deserted which gives you plenty of time to walk and look around and come up with a game plan comes beach season lol!!!

Belz pont Lorois driving on sep22




A couple of webpages to help you plan your trip here are

The city of Plouhinec on the dunes coastal area

My fav beach webpage plages tv on the beaches of Plouhinec

Hope you enjoy this bit of off the beaten path and do explore our wonderful Morbihan and Bretagne, the 3rd most visited region of France, in turn, the most visited country in the World-90M welcomes!!! by UN-WTO. (2018)! And some still wondered why lol!

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

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