La Roche Bernard, boating, history and the sea!!

Now I am taking you to the extremity of my beautiful Morbihan towards Nantes and the rock of Bernard! This is boating heavens in a deep harbor with lots of history and great city center/downtown area. I am updating this older post on La Roche Bernard! Hope you enjoy as I.

It was time to use the best of the morning for a short ride to a town in the Morbihan I like too even if smallish.  The trip is about 53 minutes from my house and La Roche Bernard is a nice boater’s heaven full of history as well.  Again , so many places to see in my lovely Bretagne ,sometimes I find myself surprise of how far back was my last visit to a place. 

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La Roche Bernard , you reach it by the N165 to it, and once on the D765 you entered by the bridge or Pont de La Roche Bernard over the Vilaine river. The bridge was built in 1839,and it has 349 meters long of which 193 meters are hanging over the river with 6 meters wide. This bridge suffered the storms damaging it and it was replaced by a wooden passarelle until 1911.  Of which time a new steel bridge was built  measuring 350 meters long with 192 meters over water and 7 meters wide; the height over water level is 41 meters. After damaged during WWII a new bridge is built finally finished in 1960  . The current bridge is 407 meters with 245 meters over water and 84 meters over the river Vilaine . Once  over the bridge you entered the town and just follow Centre Ville and the parking La Vôute to go into the harbor where the big rocks are ,from where the town gets it’s name Roche=stone.

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We took a long walk along the cale on the river right underneath the bridge , and then a walk in city center to its wonderful history of Catholic and Protestant history, and the guillotine during the French Revolution in the main square place du Bouffay. Here you have the wonderful Auberge des Deux Magots and hotel. Webpage: https://www.aubergedesdeuxmagots.fr/

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One place not to miss other than seeing the boats and the artists on the trail from the 16C, that is marked by many of them is the Maison de l’Abeille or bee’s house; now open from April. All about honey which I love and get mine there all the time it is open !!! webpage: https://www.lamaisondelabeillelucas.fr/

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Another site I recommend when open from June is the museum maritime. The museum is divided into floors with the first one is dedicated to the history of the bridges, the street level is dedicated to Breton traditions on the Gulf of Morbihan, and the inferior level sort of second floor is dedicated to the boat La Couronne built here in 1629 on orders of Cardinal Richelieu to improve the naval defenses of France and participated in many battles including the best known as the Battle of Cardinals in 1759. It is also open from June to September. The Damgan La Roche Bernard tourist office on the museum: https://www.damgan-larochebernard-tourisme.com/patrimoine-culturel/musee-de-la-vilaine-maritime-la-roche-bernard/

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You can see some nice architecture and history on the House of the Canon (16C, timbered house of the 15C, the oldest in the city, district Tower ‘ Isle which was refuge for Protestants, and later the Notre – Dame 16C. One I always stop by is the Church of Saint Michael or St Michel. This Church was built in 1633. In 1878, almost in ruins, the old Church is replaced by a new one with more space. The Church is of course in the square or Place Saint Michel. Another interesting town of the Morbihan Breton, a gem for boater’s lovers and seacoast aficionados. Great square esplanade by the harbor with plenty of quant restos and souvenirs shops.

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The harbor history and facilities on the passeport escales webpage: https://www.passeportescales.com/fr/port-la-roche-Bernard

And info on navigating the Vilaine river is here in French from the local regional govt. water resources,webpage: https://www.eptb-vilaine.fr/index.php/f-estuaire/59-la-navigation

The Damgan-La Roche Bernard tourist office: https://www.damgan-larochebernard-tourisme.com/lieux-incontournables/la-roche-bernard-petite-cite-de-caractere/

You will have a good time in La Roche Bernard and enjoy the wonderful harbor with its many sailing boats dotted all over! And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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