La Roche Bernard or the Rock of Bernard is emblematic of small towns here where a huge monument of natural dimensions can make for a pleasant site for a visit.
Here amongst the old and new harbor overlooking the Vilaine we have the rocher or rock with naval history and canons from old boats, with a great view to climb about 40 meters.
The old harbor or ancienne port corresponds to the stretching that stretches along the quai Saint-Antoine. Since the founding of the city until the beginning of the 20th century, it was the main place of transit of goods. There are mainly 4 products traded in the port: salt, from salt marshes of Guérande, mainly from the Coteaux de Guérande, lime wine then, later in the 19th century, the posts of mine were one of the highlights of the city commerces. Shipbuilding was also very important before declining rapidly in the 20th century. It was built mainly fishing boats. Fish grab in the Atlantic had risen through the Vilaine in La Roche-Bernard to then be sold in the rest of the region. Today, pleasure boats have replaced those goods and fishing.
The new harbor or Port neuf corresponds to the current customs Wharf and the Vilaine front extending into the La Roche-Bernard bridge below. Before the twentieth century, it was mainly a place of shipbuilding. It was at this place that was built the 1st war 3-masted vessel called the Crown. Wasteland creep in following the abandonment of the shipbuilding, this part of the Vilaine was then built in the second half of the 20th century. There are now rentals and facilities related to water sports.
Then just before hitting these harbor areas, you have at rue de Passage, this granite promontory overlooking the Vilaine and the harbor. There are, also, 2 canon guns that belonged to the 'Le Juste' a French war ship sunk during the battle of the Cardinals in 1759. A plaque notes that this is in La Roche-Bernard where it was built in the 17th century the warship "Couronne"
A nice walk with great views amongst history.
This is sailor's heaven, a deep harbor that offers great protection from bad weather and a quaint Streets bordering makes an ideal place for an interlude especially at night and gloriously in summer.
the port of La Roche-Bernard opening to the body of water from the river Vilaine has made this small city of character, a center of craftmanship , and meeting of maritime and river channel aficionados. Until the construction of the lock of Arzal dam, the sector of La Roche-Bernard lived to the rhythm of the tides. It remains an interesting stop for sailors with both opportunities for long stay (wintering) and proximity to facilities and shops of the city.
The port has over 550-seat afloat and all facilities and services to accommodate recreational boaters. The port offers a particularly attractive 'Stop relaxation' formula: free movie rainy days, games for children, with free return hiking trail featuring passenger...The port also allows the yellow stars stopover for River tours. A sailing school is also located on-site. And many fairs relating to the nautical events (gathering of old rigs, markets, exhibitions...) come to animate the life of the port.
in addition to tourist office of the region in contact here is the city hall site
built in 1633 and overlooking the bay of pleasure boats, destroyed due to cholera in 1832 and rebuilt in 1838. the area is nice to walk around as well;enjoy it
This is at the end of the bay on the quai Saint Antoine, it is open continuosly and the service is friendly and well serve. The food is wonderful, and plentyful, the decoration are all Irish with Jameson Irish Whiskey in plain essor, all over with flags and all.
open midday to midnight for food and live music in the evenings. Nice ambiance with plenty of locals and good views over the harbor end.
Favorite Dish: i had the tagliatelles with st jacques (scallops), a bottle of beaujolais nouveau 2013, and a cafe gourmand (withcoffee expresso and sweets). very good with company of different dishes with same wine and coffee serving about 21,7€ per person
Well i put it here its daytime too but nighttime is better. This is a wonderful rustic old fashion theater or small Pocket theater , théatre de poche. It is right in beautiful quai Saint Antoine n the end of the harbor;
You can have meals here in the cafe or cantine, but the best is the show.
Open from 11h30 to 15h on Mondays, and from 11h30- 15h and 19h- 1h00 from Tuesdays to Saturdays. All day Sundays . Close Mondays evenings.
The cantine opens without réservations from 12h- 14h and 19h -21h from Mondays to Sundays
- Plat du jour or dish of the day from 9,80 €, and formule or menus from 12 € weekdays lunch.
they do celebrated the beaujolais nouveau and now its the tango next. see the schedules in La Programmation
you have the menu of the cantine here
many curiosities and nice old times décorations from the time of the famous Sarah Bernhardt. You can see many photos of the place here
Dress Code: daytime is ok casual normal , the evening is nice dressing but not overpowering , you are in the country not Paris.
trains paris montparnasse to Vannes and TER train to la Roche Bernard ;
by bus from Vannes on bus No 8A : La Roche-Bernard - Muzillac – Vannes
by car, voie express "Nantes - Brest". N 165 free road.
Nantes (70 kms) 1 h de route
Rennes (96 kms via Redon) 1 h 40 de route
Vannes (40 kms) 30 mn de route
of course my way of travel the best road warrior , the new bridge done in 1996 of 600 meters long, and two ways over the river Vilaine gorgeous
This is a wonderful place to get all your stuffs from honey but also very educational on the subject
Remy Lucas will welcome you.
During the harvest period you can even see how the honey is extracted.
The Maison de l’Abeille is a very nice old house with ruches of honeybees all in glass and a video showing you the transformation of it from this great insect, the bee
Admission is freen, and is open April, May, June and from September to December from 15h to 18h30, everyday.July and August open everyday from 10h30- à 12h and 14h30 to19h.
a wonderful visit and very country style, warm welcome and I love honey!
What to buy: honey base products like
all flowers; and other products such as
Produits cosmétiques:cosmetic producst
Vinaigre de miel/ vinager of honey
What to pay: best prices for honeys
La Roche Bernard or the rock of Bernard is a picturesque town in the Morbihan with the most southermost port of the department.
Coming into pass the big bridge you will not notice the beauty of it yet; however, once you enter into the old city center you will realise you are in another nice old town of Brittany.
The walks past its woodend houses, and cobblestone streets some hilly are sublime coming up to the point where the great boat La Couronne built in 1634 on order of Cardinal Richelieu ,the views are sublime.
Take a walk into history.
Fondest memory: walking to the point seeing the roche bernard and the La Couronne boat stone plaque with beautiful views of the harbor and sea