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The Golfe of Morbihan

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  • The Golfe du Morbihan@CDT Morbihan - Marc Schaffner
  • The Golfe du Morbihan@CDT Morbihan - Marc Schaffner
  • The Golfe du Morbihan@Pierre Bouras
  • The Golfe du Morbihan@CDT Morbihan - Marc Schaffner

The Golfe du Morbihan - 12,000 hectares of the Atlantic sheltered from the swell in southern Brittany - is a true small interior sea.  It’s a magical place where the sea, the earth and the sky merge in changing and unusual landscapes.  The Golfe du Morbihan belongs to the Club des Plus Belles Baies du Monde (Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club).

The « Mor-Bihan » - little sea in Breton – was filled by Atlantic waters several millennia ago, when the rivers has already dug out its bed.  The ocean traveled so far inland towards Vannes and Auray via the rias (drowned river valleys) typical to Brittany, surrounding ancient hills and making them into a genuine archipelago: île aux Moines, île d’Arz, innumerable islands and islets, rocky or wooded, sometimes home to a fishing hamlet or simply to flocks of birds.

The « Mor-Bihan » is separated from the ocean by a bottleneck between Port-Navalo en Arzon and Locmariaquer that is only one kilometre wide.  Vannes, at the other end of the Golfe, is 25 km from the open sea.

Translation : Emma Paulo

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