The Port Saint Goustan of Auray!!!

Here, here, here, this one was done a quick post a while ago about family visits and a resto. However, it is more than that, and need to give credit where is due to the Port Saint Goustan of Auray!!! A marvelous spot in my beautiful Morbihan and my lovely Bretagne. Let me tell you a bit more on the harbor per se; hope you enjoy it as I.

auray st goustan auray river basin to gulf jan19

The port of Saint-Goustan is a former fishing and trading port, located on the banks of the Auray river, which has become one of the districts of Auray. It takes its name from Saint Goustan, the patron saint of sailors and fishermen. In Saint-Sauveur Church,(see post) a model boat suspended from the ceiling recalls this attachment to the Holy Benefactor for sailors. It is one of our fav places here to hangout and go out to restos/bars, the nice way down from the upper town of Auray is to take the rue du Château to reach the port by its pretty little stone bridge, with no less than 4 arches.

auray st goustan quai franklin and auray river to gulf aug19

At the height of the district you have two churches with two bell towers competing in the Saint-Goustan district. The Saint-Sauveur Church 15C and the Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes Chapel 19C (see post). Saint Goustan was born in Cornouaille in 974, he later was kidnapped at the age of 18 by pirates who abandoned him on the island of Houat (Gulf of Morbihan). Hungry and wounded, Goustan contented himself every day with a piece of large fish that he had caught. And every day, this big fish was completely rebuilding itself. This is why Saint-Goustan is often represented with a fish in his hand. On the island of Houat, it was Saint-Félix who looked after him and converted him to Christianity.

Auray st goustan foggy Loch mars12

At the beginning of the 17C, the town of Auray decided to build a port on the left bank of the Loc’h river. Docks and holds are fitted to facilitate the unloading of commercial vessels, The city imports wine, salt, leather, iron and steel from Biscay. In return, it exports wheat, rye, oats, butter, meat, fish, cloth and linen. At the time, the Pays d’Auray was a surplus producer of cereals. Only the transport of wooden poles to support the coal mines of Wales still ensured, at the beginning of the 20C, some activity on Franklin Wharf.Which of course soon ended thereafter.

Auray st goustan towards cv pont vieux on river loch mai12

The development of the great port of Auray was completed in 1641 with the construction of a quay and two wedges connecting the old quay and the one built in 1615. These works gave birth to the Place Saint-Sauveur then continued towards the south by the construction of the current quai Franklin or wharf. The port, which has become a marina of approximately 155 berths, is backed by the quay. The port is painted by many artists, including Odilon Redon and Mathurin Méheut. The port directly inspired the screenwriter and designer of the comic book series only for the location of the action of the eleventh volume Les Cloueurs de nuit. The village is called Kerdol in the comics !

auray st goustan to upper city jul13

During the 20C, while the port of Saint-Goustan became one of the most frequented tourist sites in the Pays d’Auray and Morbihan, for its picturesque character and the half-timbered houses on the Place Saint-Sauveur, the large granite stones of this quay gradually separated and the circulation of water dug pockets behind the retaining wall. The wharf measures 220 meters and is surrounded by restaurants and hotels and hosts clearance sales, artist exhibitions, postcard sales, a merry-go-round, various seasonal activities, as well as nautical training activities , and cruises.


The more technical side of the Port of Saint Goustan has buoys (front and rear). Buoys visit. located 200 meters after the Kerplouz bridge, on the port side, facing the Quai Franklin. On pontoon A: 42 places on catways, on pontoon B: 50 places on catways Draft 0.5 to 2 meter, and Boats <12 m. A total of 155 places per year including 25 visitor places for boats <12 meters. Water depth goes from 1 to 2.5 meters. The escales of ports webpage:

Auray st goustan the port looking at bridge n165 mars12

The name of this wharf, quay Franklin is a tribute to Benjamin Franklin, famous diplomat, physicist and engineer who landed in Auray on December 4, 1776, to call on the French to support the Americans in their war of independence. And we did.

The port of Saint-Goustan is a privileged place to stroll or go out, extremely picturesque with its granite quay and curved cobblestones, bordered by half-timbered houses. Almost all the houses in the area date back to the 15-16C, with half-timbering and corbelled structures. It is a very lively place in the evening, where it is good to sit on the terrace. And we do enjoy these moments sublime ,especially at night awesome, a must to visit.

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The Bay of Quiberon tourist office on the port Saint Goustan

The Morbihan dept 56 tourist office on the port Saint Goustan

The Bretagne region tourist board on the port Saint Goustan

The city of Auray on its heritage, walking tours “Cœur historique” printable in pdf file

There you go folks, now I feel better, a wonderful Port Saint Goustan to spend a day many artists of all sorts and cobblestone streets hilly too, and boats  plenty of them, plus wonderful restaurants and bars overlooking the harbor; just sublime, especially at night! Hope you enjoy the tour!

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

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