In the Morbihan, more than 550 megalithic sites have been identified. 7000 years old, the megalithic site of Carnac, the most famous of the region, remains a high place of European Prehistory. It is classified as Historic Monuments since 1889. Nestled in southern Morbihan, the megaliths of Carnac are differentiated by their incredible alignment. Batîs between the 5th and 3rd millennium BC, the two main sites (Ménec and Kermario) alone contain nearly 3,000 menhirs. These alignments extend for nearly 4 kilometers! Menhirs, dolmens, tumuli and other vestiges testify to Neolithic architecture.
The most hidden treasures are often only accessible by boat ...
The islands of the Gulf of Morbihan are among these jewels. According to legend, there would be 365 islands, as many as days in a year. According to the cadastre, a quarantine. Many islands are private, and the names of the owners are often mentioned. Drive to Gavrinis, which is accessed by boat from the port of Larmor-Baden, to discover a cairn - a monumental funerary architecture, known all over the world for the profusion of its engraved ornamentations. A journey back in time 4,000 years BC Fifty meters in diameter, 6 meters high, a long corridor 14 meters long that leads to the funerary chamber covered by a stone of ... 17 tons. The burial impresses.
The guide evokes a smiling question: "Should we see the intervention of extraterrestrials? From Gavrinis, you can also enjoy an incredible panorama of the Gulf of Morbihan: Berder, Er Lannic, Mare Island and the Rhuys peninsula.
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Rejuvenate in South Brittany, between the bay of Quiberon and the Gulf of Morbihan! With its two kilometers of fine sand, the Grande Plage de Carnac is the largest of the five beaches of the city. It is popular with walkers with its two kilometers of white sand and southern exposure. During the summer, swimming is supervised and water sports can be practiced safely. Two beach clubs are set up during the summer season.
The Museum of Prehistory James Miln - Zacharie The Rouzic presents a selection of 6000 archeological objects. Tracing more than 450,000 years of history, most of the route is devoted to the period of construction of the megaliths, the Neolithic period (4,900 to 2,200 BC). The evolution of the funerary architecture is traced from dolmens to corridor to covered alleys. Parietal art is presented and everyday life is told using objects found on archaeological sites.
Take a journey through time to better understand the life of our ancestors. The visit is made freely or with a guide. The tour route is chronological, from the Palaeolithic to the Gallo-Roman period. A good preparation to visit the megalithic sites of Morbihan in South Brittany!