Surroundings

Guebernez is ideally situated in central Brittany, surrounded by pretty villages, medieval market towns, unspolit countryside, lakes, lakeside beaches and the Morbihan coastline. Here are some of the highlights...

The village

A short walk away is the charming village of Ploerdut, which has a bakery, two bars, a creperie/pizzeria and a hugely popular lunchtime restaurant, all set around a pretty church square. The restaurant and bar, Chez Marie The, is the focal point of the village, attracting locals and tourists from miles around for its simple but hearty food, which is great value at €11 for three courses and wine. The other bar, Le Welcome, is cosy and laid back and stays open until late.

 

The lakes

The Lake at Priziac (pictured here) is just a 10-minute drive away. It's perfect for children, with a small sandy beach, play area, picnic tables and a cafe in the summer months. The lake is a popular spot for kayaking, sailing and fishing and is surrounded by a walking and fitness trail. There are several other lakes within a 20-minute drive from Guebernez, while Brittany's largest lake, the Lac de Guerledan, is 30 minutes away. Known as the region's Lake District, it's a vast stretch of water with several sandy beaches, restaurants, cafes, and walking and cycling trails.

The beaches

Guebernez is around 40 minutes from the stunning coastline of Morbihan. With a sub-tropical climate, Morbihan is warmer than the rest of Brittany. You'll find a mix of sweeping sandy beaches, rocky coves, inlets, and islands - 42 islands in all. Some are privately owned by the rich and famous, while others can be reached by boat. Boat trips operate throughout the summer. Pictured here is one of the beaches at Erdeven, which stretches for five miles with sand dunes, safe swimming, horse-riding and surfing.

Historic towns, cities and ports

The port of St-Goustan, pictured here, is just one of the many beautiful historic places to explore in Morbihan. Some of its half-timbered houses date back to the 15th century and its quay hosts regular book and craft fairs and an oyster festival. From here, you can also take a boat trip to explore the islands in the Gulf of Morbihan. Just across a narrow stone bridge is the historic town of Auray, whose cobbled streets are lined with boutiques, restaurants and cafes. Tourists and locals flock here at weekends, and for the Monday market.

Restaurants

Of course, no trip to Brittany would be complete without sampling its cuisine. Brittany is known for its fabulous seafood, particularly oysters, scallops and lobsters, and for its traditional crepes and gallettes (savoury crepes), washed down with a cup of Breton apple cider. Guebernez is surrounded by a wide variety of dining options, from cosy creperies and friendly, family-run table d'hotes to sophisticated restaurants. Pictured here is the terrace at Merlin, a stylish restaurant overlooking the Lac de Guerledan.

The countryside

Central Brittany is wonderfully unspoilt, with rolling hills, forests, wild flower meadows, traditional stone-built farms and fields of grazing cattle. Alongside tourism, the region has managed to preserve its country heritage and traditional farming is still very much alive. Life moves at a slow pace here, which makes it the perfect place to get away from the stresses and strains of city life. Guebernez is the perfect base to explore the best of rural Brittany.