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The Gulf of Morbihan

The Gulf of Morbihan is part of the Club of most beautiful bays of the World.

Bring your family, discover and many walks frond Sea on the coast of Morbihan

The Gulf of Morbihan is an inland sea with a width of 20 km dotted with many islands and islets.

It is a popular destination for its beautiful landscapes ... covering hundreds of square kilometers, located in Brittany, in the Morbihan department to which he gave his name.

Its Breton name, Mor Bihan, meaning "little sea". The Gulf receives water from three major rivers: the Auray, Vannes and Noyalo.

The geological origin of the Morbihan Gulf goes back to the Quaternary period, as a result of glaciation cycles, when the rivers dug excessively deep estuary to reach the ocean had retreated further. During the thaw, the Gulf consisted of marshes whose bottom sagged and ocean eventually invade the basin. At the last thawing phase, the Gulf did not have the same scope as the one we know today. It is considered that the sea level rose by 4 to 5 meters from the period of the first prehistoric settlements.

The Gulf is dotted with many islands (30 to 40 according to the accounts) and islets. Breton legend, however, assigns a number even higher, claiming that there are as many as days in the year.

The Gulf had been created by the tears of fairies evicted from the forest of Brocéliande. The fairies would then threw their crown which there would have become islands.

You can discover its 70 kms of coastal paths