The Presqu’île de Rhuys is a small peninsula of character with very changing landscapes, a few kilometers from Vannes, in the Gulf of Morbihan.
The peninsula alternates marshes, rocky coasts and beautiful sandy tongues. The north and the south of the peninsula are quite different: jagged coasts full of quiet corners on the north side, beaches and southern exposure on the other side.
Five municipalities make up the Presqu’île de Rhuys: Sarzeau, Arzon, Saint Armel, Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys, Le Tour-du-Parc.
Port-Crouesty in Arzon is the place to be for any vacation in Southern Brittany. Dedicated to yachting, this port hosts every year the famous Mille Sabords show, a meeting place for sailing and motorboat enthusiasts and professionals.
Sentinel at the tip of the Rhuys Peninsula, Port-Navalo, also in Arzon, is the traditional port of call for fishermen with its 534 moorings. Embark on an old sailing ship to discover the many islands of the Gulf.
The Tour du Parc is famous in Brittany for being one of the cradles of the flat oyster called “belon” and the hollow oyster, known for their iodized aromas with seaweed scents. Visit one of the oyster farms, some of which are decorated with naive paintings on the theme of the oyster and the sea.
Saint-Armel has several islands, including Tascon Island, which is connected to the land by a causeway that is uncovered at low tide and becomes a good observation post for migratory birds, including thousands of geese.
Also to be discovered, the salt marshes of Saint-Armel. Learn the ancestral gestures of the salt worker and taste the white gold of Saint-Armel… the flower of salt.
With its vast preserved natural spaces, Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys is a paradise for hikers. Follow the GR34 coastal path and admire the steep cliffs interspersed with creeks, the beautiful beaches and on the horizon guess the islands of Houat, Hoëdic, Belle-Ile as well as the Quiberon peninsula.
Also worth a visit: the thousand-year-old abbey church, the pretty little streets that come alive on market days and the artists’ studios.
In the town of Sarzeau, the small village of Saint-Colombier is home to 21 hectares of former salt marshes of the Duer, now an ornithological reserve hosting many birds such as the teal, the shelduck, the tern, the harrier, the white stilt, the avocette, etc…
Do not miss the visit of the castle of Suscinio lost in the middle of the marshes and the forest, facing the ocean.