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This traditional 15th-century town appears almost completely untouched by time, yet it holds excitement for visitors of all ages.

Enter Vannes through grand city gates and wander streets of half-timbered houses to a stunning cathedral and engrossing museum. Head to the harbor to watch boats sailing or to the aquarium to see stunning marine life.

Reach the imposing Porte Saint-Vincent Ferrier, the main town gate near the harbor. Look along the high wall built as a shield from attack. Pause to peruse well-kept gardens. Stop at the Place des Lices for the open-air market on Tuesday and Saturday.

Visit the Vannes Cathedral just north. This was built between the 15th and 19th centuries on the site of an ancient Romanesque church. Outside, notice the statue of Saint Vincent Ferrier, the city’s patron saint. His tomb lies within the thick stone walls along with several beautiful chapels.

Step across the road from here and into the Musée de la Cohue, the museum of fine arts. Find a fine collection of work with canvas paintings from the Middle Ages to modern and contemporary pieces.

Take a break at one of the delightful cafés nearby and enjoy a crêpe. Watch local people hurrying between stores of boutique clothing and gaze across the rows of rustic houses that have stood here for hundreds of years.

After lunch, walk to the Port de Vannes at the inlet of the Marle River. Amble along quiet paths past pristine yachts until you reach the point where the water widens into a sheltered bay. Admire tropical fish at the aquarium or visit the Jardin aux Papillons where a glass dome is illuminated with vivid plants and the bright wings of hundreds of butterflies.

Vannes is the capital of Morbihan in northwestern France. Come for the Photo de Mer photography festival in the spring or listen to some smooth music at the jazz festival in mid-summer.

Top hotels in Vannes

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Originals Boutique, Hôtel Vannes Ouest (Qualys-Hotel)
The Originals Boutique, Hôtel Vannes Ouest (Qualys-Hotel)
4 out of 5

Situated in Vannes, this spa hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Gulf of Morbihan Regional Natural Park, Old Town and Vannes Town Hall. Palais des Arts et des ...

4.4/5Excellent! (486 reviews)
Two night sightseeing stay in Vannes

"Great two night stay ay Qualys hotel. Staff great, rooms clean, plenty of towels, quiet location. Did not try the food or pool. Location great - walking distance to shops, hypermarket and a range of restaurants. We would stay here again if we return to Vannes."…"

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2018

The Originals Boutique, Hôtel Vannes Ouest (Qualys-Hotel)
4 out of 5

Located in the heart of Vannes, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Palais des Arts et des Congres, Vannes Cathedral and Place de la Republique. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (360 reviews)

"A very friendly welcome and the room was clean and well set out."…"

Reviewed on 7 Nov 2019

Espace Montcalm
Espace Montcalm
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
per night
31 Mar-1 Apr

Located in the heart of Vannes, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Vannes Marina and Vannes Cathedral. Vannes Aquarium and Chubert Hospital are also within ...

3.9/5Good! (77 reviews)

"Удобное распложение,большая комната.есть шкафы.недорогой хороший завтрак.полотенца за деньги,нет телевизора,не смотря на то что туалет чистый-устойчивый запах мочи.да и еще очень тихо-что большой плюс!за такую цену-вполне приемлемый сервис!плюс бесплатная парковка!"…"

Reviewed on 1 Oct 2019

Espace Montcalm

Popular things to do in Vannes

Old Town
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Old Town

Learn about the local history of Vannes with a stop at Old Town. While you're in the area, stroll along the waterfront.

Le Jardin des Remparts
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Le Jardin des Remparts

5/5(1 review)

Explore the great outdoors at Le Jardin des Remparts, a lovely green space in Vannes. While you're in the area, stroll along the waterfront.

Carnac Beach
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Carnac Beach

5/5(5 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Carnac Beach, a popular beach in Carnac. While you're in the area, wander around the natural setting.

Reviews of Vannes


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Verified traveller

8 Oct 2019

Lovely little town centre; excellent market with tempting choices for self catering foodiies like us; delicious food in a couple of restaurants, the old town walls and gardens, and of course the vibrant dockside cafes.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Aug 2019

Fantastic old town and Marina - plenty of eating options