Guidel-Plage Travel Guide

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Guidel-Plage Things to Do

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    See the Breton Dancers

    by ranger49 Written Nov 3, 2009

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    If you go to the Market on a Sunday morning, after the church clock strikes noon and the congregation leaves the church it is usual for traditional dances to be perfomed. Sometimes it will be a very polished performance, others a bit haphazrd and sometimes children get a chance to show off their costumes and dancing skills. These performances are mostly confined to high season - but on one occasion when we took three grandchildren they dis not appear at all.
    There is musical accompanimemt and often free cider tasting and cake. It can be fun and is worth waiting around for at the end of the market.

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    Go to Market

    by ranger49 Written Nov 3, 2009

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    The Sunday morning market is one of the best in the area.
    We have been several times at different times of the year. July is by far the busiest with, it seemed, many more stalls and many more shoppers and visitors.
    All the usual market stalls can be found there but there are a couple of speciality food stalls where you can put together in no time a very good Sunday meal to take home.

    Fruit and vegetables of course, also breads and cheeses, locally made ciders and wines too.

    But the most popular stalls are those selling ready cooked roast pork, hams and chicken plus garlic sauteed potatoes.
    For desert try freshly made Breton Far - with or without prunes. We bought a large, still piping hot one when there were 8 of us to feed.
    It turns out quite an expensive way to eat but less than taking 8 to a restaurant for Sunday lunch!

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    La Villa Toscane: great Italian grill pizzeria Toscane,...

    by gwened Updated May 26, 2015

    wonderful place, wandering in my area time for lunch nice picturesque building so we try it and was good for it.

    We pick a picturesque Italian villa call La Villa Toscane resto grill pizzeria at 15 place Jafffré. Very nice decoration toscane, great welcome nice friendly service, big portions good prices , and great quality. We have pizzas of different combi I had the Mexicaine with chorizos and spicy beef, expresso coffee and a bottle of côte de provence st tropez rosé we share all for 18 Euros per person, nice.

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    Favorite Dish: plenty of pasta like tagliatelle bolognaise and delicioius pizzas like the mexicaine..Place has mixture of French and Italian dishes.

    La Villa Toscane terraces of la villa toscane dining room cozy chimney dining room ours wine rack just by dining room
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Guidel-Plage Local Customs

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    Pleasure marina and beaches at Guidel

    by gwened Written May 2, 2015

    local custom here is the sea sailing, boating, fishing anything tie to the sea. At Guidel there is a nice port de plaisance or pleasure boat marina very nice with plenty of shops and especially resto bars around it and plenty of parking. All along the coastal road D152.

    It is a good way to come by boat and keep yours here, info on the resources no 3 below. I just give you the contact and times here, E-mail : port-guidel@sellor.com ; and harbormaster times are Mondays to Saturdays from 8h30-12h and 13h30-17h ( closed Sundays); July and August open 8h30-12h, and 14h-19h every day.

    To the left of the marina there is a nice beach and parking. More on the marina from the city of Guidel in French too here
    http://www.guidel.com/cadre-de-vie/les-grands-projets/le-port-de-plaisance/

    More contact for the marina are
    Contact Capitainerie
    William VILAIN
    56520 Guidel-Plages
    email : port-guidel@sellor.com
    mobile +33 06 07 18 11 54
    Tel +33 02 97 05 99 92
    Contact administrator area of moorings Mayor's office
    Hélène LE GAL
    11 Place de Polignac
    56520 GUIDEL
    tel +33 02 97 02 96 96
    email : helene.legal@mairie-guidel.fr

    right along you have 3 beaches in order Guidel, Fort du Loc'h, and Fort bloqué Also Pouldu and Falaise. You have the entry to ocean of the river Laita and there is nice walk from the pleasure marina or port de plaisance to the bridge or pont de Saint-Maurice.

    from marina to shops and parking marina right side of harbor restaurants bars in Marina area marina on the beach left side surfing beach by du Loch
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Guidel-Plage Warnings and Dangers

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    Look out for con-artists

    by ranger49 Updated Nov 3, 2009

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    I have never had the slightest suspicion of pick-pocketing attempts at this market.

    This may have been a co-incidence - but on the last two occasions that we were there a similar method was used to obtain money from us.

    Last year were were approached by a boy of 15 or so, one of a small family group all carrying clip-boards apparently collecting signatures for a petition. It was to establish a circus but money as well as a signature was wanted.
    They only seemed to be approaching visitors and the boy was surprised when my husband asked questions about the project in French - which he could not answer due to a lack of French on his part. We declined to assist.

    In October this year we were approached by a very attractive young woman, apparently unable to speak at all. Her petition was to establish an international centre for handicapped persons .
    She too wanted more than a signature and indicated in mime and in writing the signature was for a minimum donation of 20 euros.
    She had two assistants/accomplices, also mute though they clearly understood our replies in French and in English.
    I noticed local people ignored them completely , avoiding eye contact and physically pushed them off when they tried the hand on the arm approach.

    From their appearance and style of dress they were not local, nor European women.
    So be on your guard -

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Guidel-Plage Off The Beaten Path

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    Church St Pierre et St Paul, Guidel

    by gwened Written May 2, 2015

    Church of St Peter and St Paul from the 19C very imposing in city center with its huge frontal belltower. The church was rebuilt early in the 19C in gothic style. The most interesting is the huge bell tower that is crowned by a polygonal arrow and built around 1840.

    The whole area around the church is fantastic with shops and restos and lively town, very nice impression. All along the road D306.

    church St Pierre et St Paul right side fountains stairs left  side of church view of church from resto at place Jaffr��
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    Fort du Loch, Guidel plage

    by gwened Written Oct 1, 2014

    this is a wonderful place secluded and nice to visit.

    It is a military fort done from 1756, and was part of the défenses of Lorient. The fortress is surrounded by a large moat and a rampart wall, with a high rise bridge. Inside you have two buildings one for troops and one for ammunitions. The curiosity is that it was never use in wartime.

    Today it is used for many activities, concerts exhibitions etc.

    you get there by car from Lorient, along the N165 you take the exit 45 Guidel on road D306 , than the road D162 direction village of Kermabo, and follow signs for Fort du Loch.

    Fort du Loch entrance arriving on D152 to Fort du Loch
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    Sunday Shopping

    by ranger49 Updated Nov 3, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Generally speaking shops are closed on Sundays in France.
    The exceptions have always been the boucherie/charcuterie, the boulangerie and the Presse - specially if it is part of a Bar-Tabac. These shops usually open early and close at mid-day.

    In larger tourist areas supermarkets are now often open on a Sunday morning particularly in high season.

    Where a market is held on a Sunday morning , as in Guidel, as well as the above mentioned shops small grocery stores and flower shops are often open too - in competition from the market stall holders.

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