Vannes: Gulf of Morbihan

The Gulf of Morbihan is a popular destination for the beauty of its landscapes dotted with numerous islands and islets.

Golfe du Morbihan - Vannes

Apartments and studios in Vannes

Vannes is one of the major towns in Brittany and is located on the Gulf of Morbihan. This area is about twenty kilometres wide and nicknamed "the little sea" (literally Mor Bihan in Breton) and according to legend, it was created from the tears of fairies chased from the forest of Brocéliande who, in anger, threw away their crowns, which were then transformed into islands.

The Gulf Islands


There is a Breton saying that there are as many islands in the gulf as there are days in the year. In reality, there are about fifty islands that dot the landscape - some microscopic, others private or impassable. You will find some of them more welcoming and accessible on foot or by car such as Ile-aux-moines or Tascon Island. These islands will delight walkers and curious aficionados of Brittany and the ocean.



The Gulf of Morbihan is dictated to by the tides. Be sure to take note of them as they will limit your trips to certain islands. They also condition the catches of fishermen on foot in search of clams and other periwinkles.


Fauna and Flora


This area of Brittany is above all a formidable reservoir of nature. It welcomes a multitude of birds each year, between 60,000 and 130,000 migratory birds stop over here. Other sedentary species can be observed with a good pair of binoculars. The marshland areas are breeding grounds for fish, tall grasses and other wonders of nature. The small ports, the typical Breton villages, the ocean punctuated with islets and the flights of wild birds will be your guide for your stay in an apart hotel in Vannes. Enjoy every moment in the Gulf of Morbihan and of course, try the local seafood and fish!