Between countryside and costline, crossing the Gulf of Morbihan and a land rich in tradition, St. Anne d'Auray will charm you with its hospitality and excellent location for an enjoyable stay in southern Britain.
Dead or alive as the saying goes, to Sainte-Anne once must go every Breton
First place of Breton pilgrimage, one of the largest sanctuaries in France, Sainte Anne d'Auray attracts nearly 600,000 people each year. High historical and cultural site of Brittany, Sainte Anne d'Auray, the former hamlet of Ker Anna or Anne, mother of Mary and patroness of the Bretons, appeared in 1623 to the pious laborer Nicolazic, it is first of all this imposing domain of the sanctuary which retraces 300 years of history and welcomes, each July 26, more than 25,000 pilgrims for the Greatest Pardon in Brittany.
To discover the majestic basilica combining Gothic momentum with Renaissance elegance and its great organs of Cavaillé-Coll restored in 2009, the cloister built in 1638 by the Carmelite Fathers and classified as a historical monument, the sacred fountain, the Santa Scala and the many museums and buildings dedicated to the cult of Saint Anne and to Breton heritage.
Since the arrival of Pope John Paul II in 1996, more than 600,000 visitors have been welcomed each year and have made Sainte Anne d'Auray a major destination for religious tourism in France, Sainte Anne d'Auray is part of, with Lourdes, Lisieux , Mont Saint Michel, Rocamadour and some other prestigious sites, from the Association of Sanctuary Cities
It is also the ducal city of Auray, tourist crossroads and cradle of Georges Cadoudal and the Breton chouannerie with the old port of Saint Goustan and the picturesque half-timbered houses as well as the superb 15th century stone bridge which spans the Loch and the beautiful old buildings of Quai Francklin.
With 250 exhibitors in winter and more than 400 in summer, the large Monday market in the center of Auray is one of the busiest in Morbihan.
Known for its micro-climate and its historical and natural heritage , Vannes, located in the Morbihan Gulf, is the perfect destination for a holiday or short break in south Brittany.
City of Art and History, the old medieval Vannes welcome you with its museums, ramparts, cathedral and its well preserved half timbered houses. Pursue your discovery with a cruise around the Morbihan Gulf and enjoy some free time at Ile aux Moines or Ile d’Arz.
It is still and above all the ideal starting point for your excursions on the land side towards the small towns of character: Rochefort en Terre, Malestroit, Josselin, Lizio... and, very close, on the sea side, towards the Gulf of Morbihan and its islands, ranked among the most beautiful bays in the world, the wild coast of the Quiberon peninsula and cruises to Belle-Île, Houat and Hoëdic, Carnac its beach and its alignments of menhirs, the port of La Trinité sur Mer, the cradle of sailing, Locqmariaquer its megaliths and oyster sites, the ria d'Etel and the listed site of Saint-Cado, the country of Lorient and its famous inter-Celtic festival.
In the heart of Southern Brittany, the Pays d'Auray Baie de Quiberon welcomes you all year round. With the rhythm of the seasons, come and discover natural spaces and a preserved heritage, share a culture and traditions and practice all the activities offered by this country of sea and land and which make it a privileged place to stay.
From L'Argoat (country of wood) to Armor (country of sea), the sites to discover in the surroundings