Lorient was founded in the 17th century but was nearly entirely destroyed during the Second World War. This « five port city » has fragments of world history intermingled with its heritage and landscapes.
Lorient is also renowned for its fishing port (the second largest in France) and the quayside and fish auctions are a hive of activity every morning. Also worth a visit is the « City de la Voile Eric Tabarly » (sailing world) located on the former submarine base. This interactive museum will plunge you into the sailing world and you can also admire Eric Tabarly’s famous « Pen Duick » yacht.
If you are in the area in August, don’t miss the Interceltic festival, when the streets fill with Celts from all over the world and the town is buzzing with music, warmth and friendliness.
Larmor Plage, a small coastal town with fabulous beaches and a pretty harbour, is located a few kilometres from Lorient. Also worth a visit, Hennebont and Port-Louis, two towns of character steeped in history.