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Lorient, nautical city

Larmor-Plage coastline in a storm

Île de Groix

Île de Groix

View of the island of Groix

Entrance to the port of Groix

Arrival at Groix


Lorient is like the figurehead of the prow of the Morbihan department, looking out to sea, with its five harbours set one after the other along the bay. It is also a strongly commercial city, with many commercial zones on its outskirts, and a very lively town centre with numerous excellent shops.

Its post-war architecture, refurbished and brightened up to good effect, doesn’t detract from the historic and human character of this city which resolutely looks outwards, as it did from its beginnings in the era of the ‘Compagnie des Indes’ (India Company) when ships returning from the colonies docked at Port Louis.

The town was almost entirely razed during the Second World War, bombed by the allies who wanted to destroy the Nazis’ submarine base, the largest on the Atlantic coast. While everything else lay in ruins, the base was in fact the only structure which remained intact! Today it is a museum. Discover the ‘Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly’, a museum about off-shore sailing racing, and also the nearby Flore Submarine Museum. Within a superb exhibition space, visitors can learn about life on board, how these mysterious vessels work, and the history of Lorient, before finishing with a visit of the actual submarine.

Extend your visit to the Cité de la Voile with a sea excursion on a real racing sailboat with a professional skipper, or with a guided tour of a sailing ship.

Lorient is the embarkation point for many ferry connections. In any one day, you could get to Port Louis, Gâvres, Groix in summer, Belle-Ile-en-Mer. Points of interest in town include: the quayside of the marina in the town centre, the main street ‘Rue du Port, the trendy shops in Rue Vauban, the fishing port…

Where to eat? Well, there is a huge number and variety of restaurants, with cuisine from all over the world. There are also a lot of pubs in the town centre. And of course, mention must be made of the famous Interceltique festival, which takes place here every year over the first fortnight in August, causing this port town to literally pulsate to the sound of Celtic music. With 750,000 participants, it is without contest the Breton festival which draws the biggest crowds, although undoubtedly the 11 day duration of the festival contributes to this large number of revellers. The city has a TGV railway station and the Lann Bihoué airport.