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Vannes, the Old City and its Ramparts

Bathed by two thousand years of history, Vannes has retained its authentic side with its squares and narrow streets lined with old houses with wood sides.


Visit the historic centre of Vannes

In the walled city, many buildings testify to the rich past of the city of the Veneti located in the heart of the Gulf of Morbihan: the bastion of Gréguennic, the place of the Lices, the Castle-Gaillard, the Cohue, the Cathedral Saint Pierre, the ramparts and their gardens, the Constable's Tower ...

Bastions, towers and gates such as the Prison Gate are the remains of the old walled city.


At the turn of the cobbled streets of the intramural, you will also discover "Vannes and his wife" famous portrait carved on an old house that becomes iconic image of the city. Close by, the Château-Gaillard, museum of prehistory which houses very beautiful archaeological collections.


Leaving the old town, south side, by Porte Saint Vincent, you will arrive at the marina of Vannes, a very pleasant place with its esplanade, its restaurants and its cafés' terraces.


The Tourist Office offers guided tours of the historic heart of the city and a discovery tour aboard a small tourist train.


Festivals and events of the summer in Vannes

City of art and history, Vannes hosts many cultural events that animate the entire city center and the port: The Arvor Festivals, the historic festivals, the Jazz Festival , the Vannes Photo Festival and the famous "Semaine du Golfe".

Cruise on the Gulf of Morbihan

From the seaport, companies offer cruising days on the Gulf of Morbihan, with stops on the islands.

A great way to discover the "little sea" which is part of the Club of the most beautiful Bays of the World.


Ideas for family visits : Vannes Aquarium and Butterfly Garden are just a short walk from the seaport.

The Gulf of Morbihan


A guided tour with stops on Ile aux Moines or l'Ile d' Arz : nothing better than a boat cruise day to discover the Gulf of Morbihan, one of the most beautiful bays in the world, and its islands .

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Vannes : summer festivals


Every summer, the city of Vannes organises big events to celebrate the history and the culture from Brittany as well as a jazz festival with national fame.

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