Locmariaquer Travel Guide

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    Grand Menhir of 280 tons cut in four pieces right 4 more images

    by gwened Updated Oct 27, 2012

    These are wonderful stones magnificently setup and a nice boutique entrance for souvenirs, free parking next door.
    You get here by
    Road D 78, then follow "Site des mégalithes" or "Table des Marchand" and "Grand Menhir Brisé
    the main one is by the side with the big parking lot next to it, but if you out on the road D78 and walk along it, you go around and see the other in between houses.

    it includes as a whole, 3 sites dating from 6 500 years old, the Grand Menhir brisé, is a block of granite measuring 21 meters long and weighting 280 tons, the Tumulus Er-Grah is 140 meters long long. It was probably originally constructed in the 5C BC as a cairn , and the Dolmen de la Table des Marchand with several decorations;

    as I said around this walking on the road you come to signs telling you to go to Mané-er-Hroeg and rural menhirs .This 100x60m oval mound is made up of 20,000m3 of stones. Surrounded by buildings and covered with scrub. There is crater on top with a 4x3m central burial chamber.

    The coming from my town of Auray you hit first Mané-Lud mound . Located on what is almost the highest point in the peninsula, this is the only monument whose name was passed on to us by De Robien, under its French 18th century form Mont-Helleu. This can be related to the Breton term Uhelan ("higher up") but certainly not to "ashes" ludu (human ones of course!) as some morbid minds suggested. It is a large "carnacean barrow" 80m long, 50m wide and 5m high. In the centre, a round cairn hid a stone-built burial chamber, 2.25x1.25m, covered with corbelling.
    It revealed the remains of two persons with only a few flints and pottery sherds.

    All of them are a must to see here

    some lexicon
    Cairn: stone monument covering a burial place
    Dolmen: chamber sometimes a burial passage bounded by horizontal stones
    Gin; lifting apparatus with three beams forming triangular pyramid
    megalith: large stone from Greek mega (big) and lithos (stones)
    menhir: Breton word meaning large stone
    monolith: work formed by single piece of rock
    shield idols: framed representation of divinity
    offset: projections from a vertical place
    tumulus: an aritificial mound covering one or several tombs and made of mixture of stone and earth. depending on the proportions they can be call mounds (earth) or cairns (stones)

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    the beach at Saint Pierre 4 more images

    by gwened Written Aug 2, 2012

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    wonderful country , glorious beaches in the wild side, long one after the other one, with bathing waters and parking for free. the best wild way to be at the beach, picnic areas available, and opportunity for water sports including good surfing.

    These are the beaches in Locmariaquer
    Plage de Saint-Pierre (parking at 40 m)
    Plage du Brénéguy (parking at 100 m)
    Plage du Toul Keun (parking nearby)
    La Grande Plage dite La Falaise (parking nearby)
    Le Rolay (parking nearby)
    Plage de l'école de voile (parking at 100 m)
    Plage de Kerinis (no parking just along the road)
    Plage Valy (parking at 250 m

    The best is the one at Saint Pierre.

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    Cr��perie les Iles 3 more images

    by gwened Updated Sep 23, 2012

    The Créperie les Iles, a very nice ,and we were in a hurry because as it was close to 15H and you know here we respect the time. The folks were very friendly and invited us in, we realise they serve all day, and folks especially those waiting for the passenger boats to the islands do stop by at any time. There is no webpage but they are open every day from Easter to end of September, then open in October excpet the wednesdays and open during the all saints vacation ; closed from November to March. At main plaza, facing the harbor, 8 Place Dariorigum ,tel +33 (0) 2 97 57 35 79.

    Favorite Dish: galette de jambon, fromage et champignons or ham cheese and mushrooms with a coupe des iles ice cream with flavors of coconut,and blackberries, and assorted other galettes and dessert for the family with coffee and a leffe blonde beer all for 97€ for five persons

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    the view from restaurant hotel l'escale

    by gwened Updated Aug 2, 2012

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    wonderful resto with great seafood overlooking the harbor out to the gulf of morbihan, open from april to september.

    The freshest fish and seafood right off the boats are serve here, simply sumptuosly delicious. You will be in heaven if like me love seafood and fish.fresh.

    Favorite Dish: fresh seafood mussels fish right off the boat the menu of the day simply the best.

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    La Trinitaine on road D28 to Locmariaquer

    by gwened Written Sep 23, 2012

    This is our favorite store all over the region, here is the town before locmariaquer at St Philibert that has nice beaches too, but its on the road D28 towards locmariaquer. The store is a factory outlet that is there is a factory right behind the store

    You have all they carry here, plus cafeteria and patisserie for all the Breton goodies, a must to stop by.

    What to buy: cider,beer, wine,biscuits, fish canned goods, and decoration for the house and kitchen especially a must

    What to pay: higher than your corner supermarket but you are buying tradition and best brands locally made. A can of tuna wont cost 1,50 euros but 4,50 but the brand is locally done, not industrially made.

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    Les viviers de Loc'ker 1 more image

    by gwened Written Sep 23, 2012

    You come for the abundant seafood especially oysters, and mussels, the oysters are world famous here. One place to get them live is at Ets Percevault right off the plage Kerpinher. The contact is at Les Viviers de Loc’Ker (Ets Percevault), route de Kerpenhir - Tél. +33 (0) 2 97 57 47 79 / cell tel +33 (0) 6 76 05 37 73.

    The webpage below has others but the above is my favorite and I do buy from them.

    What to buy: seafood fresh home made lol! oysters and mussels and other morcels but the oysters are great.

    What to pay: best prices from producer cultivator you taste and you buy

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    main nave altar church Notre Dame de Kerdro 3 more images

    by gwened Written Sep 23, 2012

    it was built in the roman style between 1082 and 1120 AD by the monks of Quimperlé.

    The remains still visible today are the transept and the choir; on the facade there is the inscription in Latin “Hic Domus Dei” (here there is a house of God).

    This exterior area show an archaic architecture with many roman cubiques, bricks, and mix with bricks of different positioning all dating from this period. The door is protected by a porch up front that the ceilings in wood wre taken down in 1988 that allows us to see an inscription in Latin “Haec Porta Coelli” (here is the door to heaven).

    Near the southern door you find protruded in the walls a beautiful blessing in granite decorated with leaves and grapevine, dating from the 15C. The interior of the church show its roman architecture in the transept and the apse

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