Carnac is famous for its megaliths. This site is considered the largest in the world. These alignments are fascinating, even beyond their historical or scientific worth.
The most accepted theory about the meaning of the alignments is that the lines of menhirs are orientated in order to face the sunrises during the solstices and equinoxes.
This theory also sets forth a tie between the layout of the stones and the celestial cycle. Kermario, Kerlescan, Menec and others may be nothing other than a gigantic outdoor calendar ...
The Manio Giant
Also discover the highest menhir in the region (6 meters): the Manio Giant, located between Kerlescan and Kermario, close to a group of small menhirs called « Manio Quadrilateral ».
The visit of the alignments
The free visit of the alignments of Carnac is authorised from October to March.
Between the months of April to September, a guide-lecturer accompanies the visitors on the sites.
These tours are organised by the House of Megaliths which also offers many activities: Prehistory workshops, photo exhibitions, fairy tales evenings ...
Information about the different megalithic sites of Carnac, you will find there projection room, shop and bookstore as well as the saling of tickets to access the visits.
The paths of the megaliths
To better admire the different sites and facilitate their access, walking trails have been set up and allow walking around the alignments of Menec and Kermario. Parking, sanitary and picnic area are installed.
If you are fond of walks, other paths through the Carnac countryside, will take you to the tumulus Saint Michel, the giant of Manio, Kerlescan and the little Ménec.
Hiking in Carnac: the circuit of the alignments
This 8-kilometers circuit is very accessible and the departure is from the city center of Carnac.
You can park near the Tourist Office and the Museum of Prehistory and get some information before starting your ride!