More, more of Saint Goustan !!

Sometimes I like to repeat myself when the place is worth it and this is one of them, I used to lived not far from here in Brec’h when moved into the Morbihan breton dept 56 in 2011 and later purchase my house in Pluvigner in 2013. However, Auray has charm and we always come here and shop here too. I felled in love with Saint Goustan , a harbor district of Auray. I have several posts on the town ,which was my adminstrative central back then. Therefore, I just want to give you more, more of Saint Goustan ,the wonderful harbor from my latest stopover today. Hope you enjoy it as I.

Auray St Goustan across river to train rails arch to upper town jan23

The  picturesque Auray River is a ria that begins at Auray, empties into the Gulf of Morbihan and is navigable. The length of its water course is 56.3 km ! 

Auray St Goustain quai Franklin to bridge over river pont N165 jan23

Always nostalgic, fun and educational to stop by the castle ruins, The first castle of Auray whose presence is mentioned in 1096 protects a ford on the Auray river, and the port of Saint-Goustan, Its moat was auctioned after 1546, following the decision of King François I  Its stones were given in 1558 by the king to the monks of the Sainte-Croix Abbey of Quimperlé, owner of the island of Belle-Île, to build the fort Palais in order to ensure its protection against the English pirates, the rest of the materials were auctioned in 1559.

Auray St Goustan castle ruins jan23

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. The Quai Benjamin Franklin wharf measures 220 meters. Memories still echo on the granite slabs, recalling that the American  Benjamin Franklin docked here on December 4 ,1776 to meet Louis XVI ; asked the kingdom of France for help for US independance and got it ,and so a new nation was born, Le charmant port remonte au Moyen Âge et est encore aujourd’hui le centre historique de la ville d’Auray. De nombreux bâtiments datent des 15ème, 16ème et 17ème siècles. C’est également ici que vous trouverez un mélange de ruelles pavées et de restaurants où vous pourrez déguster une cuisine et des produits locaux.   The charming port dates back to the Middle Ages and is still today the historic center of the town of Auray. Many buildings date from the 15C, 16C and 17C. It is also here that you will find a mixture of cobbled streets and restaurants where you can taste local cuisine and products.

Auray St Goustain quai Franklin to gulf morbihan boats jan23

The Chapelle de Notre Dame de Lourdes or the Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel is a nice stop over, The documentation concerning it, whether written or iconographic, is very small , it is essentially constituted by the parish archives, the town of Auray documentation, as well as some old postcards. This place of worship dates from the second half of the 19C and has the particularity of having an altarpiece decorated with a natural rock formation. There is still some minor details to be done inside again,the reason of the door , but this is a loving care work by folks who care.  See my other post on inside photos.

The Place Saint-Sauveur square is typical and we love to walk it back and forth, sublime especially at nights, with its curved cobblestones is framed by opulent half-timbered and corbelled houses. The steep alleys, interspersed with steps, attack the district, lined with half-timbered facades. The residences of the 15C and 16C display a respectable allure, which in the evening slums in the rustle of the café terraces. Indeed sublime, recommended to all readers, visitors and would be residents.

Auray St Goustain quai Franklin to place St Sauveur jan23

The picturesque rue du Petit Port, with its wood-paned houses from the late middle ages and the beginning of modern times , Indeed some interesting doors for the blogger aficionado in some ! This street, which led to a second port, smaller than that of Place Saint-Sauveur, now has the largest number of half-timbered houses: nine out of the forty remaining in Auray. The gable of the house, located in front, consists of a ground floor in stone surmounted by two levels in wood and cob. The entrance door, placed laterally, opens onto two adjoining rooms. At the bottom, a spiral staircase allows the distribution of the floors. The house, built on a strip plot, is placed directly on the street, thus allowing commercial activity on the ground floor. The garden or courtyard is placed at the back. It is used for raising animals and growing vegetables.

The Rue Saint-René is the most picturesque and leads you to the heights of Saint-Goustan, up to the church. this pedestrianized street features cobbled steps with a handrail that offer lovely views of the harbor and beyond.

The Saint Goustan port also have excellent boating and river raft activities with good service provider,a wonderful time for the whole family. It has a small harbormaster office as well.  I saw one go out today on a floater boat , he is courageous with 7C (45 F). Here there is a kayak, sailing and scuba diving club. 

The city of Auray on its heritage see circuit Saint Goustan:

The local Bay of Quiberon tourist office on Saint Goustan

There you go folks, Saint Goustan is a lovely small district nestled below port of the City of Auray ; sitting between the regional government powerhouses of Lorient and Vannes as well as down from my town of PluvignerAgain, hope you enjoy this on more ,more of Saint Goustan ; a wonderful spot to visit and live, me think.

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

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