How about Damgan, one more time !!

Here I am again on my road warrior ways in my beautiful Morbihan, This is heaven with so many and long coast and pretty towns alongside, There are so many do not think will see them all in my lifetime !! Anyway, I keep on trying and besides some familiar ones, I dwell into new ones visited but this one is a repeat and expanded visit to Damgan.  I have written several posts on Damgan in my blog, this time was something extra as always, Let me give you my take on it ok ; it was my last stop coming back home. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The town of Damgan is located in my beautiful Morbihan department 56 and in my lovely region of Bretagne, Damgan is a peninsula located between the Rhuys peninsula and the Vilaine estuary. To the west, the Pénerf river marks the boundary of the town, the Atlantic Ocean to the south, the town of Ambon to the north and east. The town has nearly 8 km of beach with in particular the Grand Plage of Damgan, and the plage de Kervoyal.

In the 6C, the territory was associated with the Irish monk Sauveur, the same who founded the Abbey of Saint-Sauveur in Redon. Local tradition also associates Kervoyal with this monk. At that time, Damgan was an integral part of the parish of Ambon. The territory is mentioned for the first time through Pénerf in an act of the 13C during the reign of Jean Ier Le Roux. The first bathers were reported in 1860 and the first cabins appeared in 1877. These tourists, rare before the WWII, undertook the construction of villas (Kerhabert, Villa Sainte-Anne, Kerfleuret, etc.) and hotels were built to accommodate this clientele that came for the baths. Tourists arrive in large numbers in the second half of the 20C, allowing the town to resume a new economic boom with its development as a seaside resort. Even today, its economy is mainly oriented towards the tourist sector.

The Grande Plage (our favorite) bordered by a promenade on the seafront, this long beach of fine sand, facing south, guarantees permanent access to swimming, supervised in summer by lifeguards from the lifeguard station. The Plage de Landrezac beach is located between Damgan and Kervoyal, bordered by a dune cordon, this long wild beach is very accessible thanks to numerous parking spaces, The La Petit Plage de Kervoyal is located in Kervoyal, this small, family-friendly beach is protected from the westerly winds. You will discover the last bathing cabins erected facing the ocean.

Damgan grande plage de kervoyal right aug22

Damgan grande plage de kervoyal long aug22

Damgan grande plage de kervoyal left aug22

The Notre-Dame-de-Bonne-Nouvelle Church, located in Damgan, is a neo-Romanesque building built by the city in 1843 on the site of the old chapel, the condition of which was considered alarming. Significant work was carried out in 1954 to consolidate certain parts of the building which were in danger of collapsing.

Damgan ch Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle front aug22

Damgan ch Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle nave to altar aug22

Damgan ch Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle altar to back exvoto boat aug22

Other things to see here and most already written on are :

The Tour des Anglais or English tower located on the peninsula of Pénerf, it is the only fire tower preserved on the Atlantic coast, There are several 17C houses There are a few Breton cottages, notably in Kervoyal. 19-20C villas,such as Villa Ker-Fleuret: located in Kervoyal, it was built in 1896 by Lucien Mérignac, a famous fencer, hence the name Fleuret. The French writer Hervé Bazin stayed there for some time. Villa Sainte-Anne: located in Damgan, it is a villa in the classic style of beachfront villas with an elevated forecourt. It once belonged to the Sisters of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul de Redon who welcomed orphans there. Villa Toul-Menez: located in Kervoyal, Guillaume Apollinaire stayed in this villa during the summer of 1918. The Church of Saint-Pierre de Penerf, located in Pénerf, its construction dates back to the 17C and probably replaces an older construction. The place having already been inhabited for a long time and formed its own entity, Pénerf obtained parish status in 1843 in Damgan. It was enlarged by the addition of a chapel dedicated to the Virgin and a remodeled bell tower. The north and south wings were added in 1853 and 1848 and the church was restored in the 19C. The Notre-Dame de la Paix Chapel, located in Kervoyal, a first private chapel was built in 1924 but was destroyed during WWII in 1942. A new chapel was built on a new site between 1950 and 1956.

The town of Damgan on its beaches

The official Kervoyal-Damgan on history and heritage of it and the area :

The local Damgan-La Roche Bernard tourist office on Damgan

There you go folks, another dandy road warrior ride in my beautiful Morbihan ! It really is beautiful, Once again by Damgan and still think it merits more time, For now enjoy my latest post on it and we will be back !

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

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