what’s around

La Longère is situated in the beautiful countryside of southern Brittany just 3 kms from the typical French village of Languidic.  We can recommend the following restaurants in Languidic where you can experience good food in a warm and friendly atmosphere:

La crêperie des Fleurs – enjoy delicious traditional Breton crêpes (the best around!) in a typical warm and friendly Breton Crêperie.  There are other options on the menu but the crêpes should not be missed!

Fleur de Sel - Amir, the owner and chef. will ensure you have a great evening with his creative menu and brilliant personality.

The medieval market town of Hennebont with its typically French weekly market (Thursday mornings), bars and restaurants is just a 10 minute drive away. Also home for the National Stud Farm: Le Haras d’Hennebont.

We’re also just a 20 min drive from the the quaint old town of Auray. Visit this picturesque and historic town, and especially the beautiful and picture perfect Port of St-Goustan. Benjamin Franklin arrived here in December 1776 from the United States en route to Paris to ask France for help in the American War of Independence and one of the quays is now named after him. This quaint harbour filled with narrow, winding cobbled streets and half-timbered 15th and 16th century houses is a real step back in time and has become one of the most popular sites in Morbihan. Stroll across the lovely 17th century stone bridge which spans the river and provides a splendid view of the harbour then enjoy a relaxing drink/meal in one of the many waterfront bars and restaurants. A really lively place to eat and relax in the summer evenings where you can watch the world stroll by. Local book, antique and craft fairs are often held on the quayside and Monday is Market Day in the town of Auray.

The port town of Lorient (a twin town of Galway since 1978) is within easy reach. Much of the town was destroyed during extreme Allied bombing in World War II. Key targets for the Allies were the German U-Boat pens, however, the Keroman submarine base survives and is open to the public as a tourist attraction. The majority of the rest of the city was rebuilt in the 1950s. Again, Lorient offers a lively selection of shops, bars and restaurants. The Volvo Ocean Race  visited Lorient in June 2012.

You can also visit the Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly – a maritime museum with a difference in memory and tribute to Eric Tabarly a sailing legend who died at sea in 1998.

During the first two weeks of August Lorient also hosts the annual Interceltique Music Festival which takes place in the town centre and which attracts many artists/musicians from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, Spain and Brittany. The first weekend of the festival normally kicks off with a large parade of bands and dancers all in traditional costumes – it really is something special.

Take a trip to the beautiful medieval town of Vannes which is located just on the edge of the famous Gulfe de Morbihan (a sailing metropolis, also known for its oyster farms). Vannes also offers the opportunity to sample smart shops, bars, restaurants and a lovely marina where the cafe terraces are often overflowing with alfresco diners.

Visit the Chateau de Suscinio, just over 30 minutes away and located on the southern part of the Rhuys Peninsula nestled between the sea, marshland and pine forest.  A former hunting lodge for the dukes of Brittany and dating back to the 13th century.  www.suscinio.info

We’re also perfectly located within a 30 minute drive from the beautiful coastline of southern Brittany. Large sandy beaches and bays offer the opportunity to relax, swim, surf, sand yacht, windsurf or kite surf.

La La Trinité sur Mer – Water sports are well represented in La Trinité : yachting, windsurfing, kayak or boat hire. Sailing schools cater for everyone from beginners to the experienced sailor. A skipper is always ready to show you Quiberon Bay or Morbihan Gulf. Everything is possible from La Trinité, be it a cruise to the islands (Belle-île, Houat) or a boat trip up the Crac’h river with an electric boat.

Visit the Neolithic standing stones at Carnac then spend time on Carnac-Plage, a large, gently sloping beach of fine sand and one of Brittany’s most modern and lively seaside resorts it provides a good choice of amenities together with colourful cafes and restaurants serving good quality, reasonably priced food.

Quiberon is a small city that sits at the tip of a sliver-thin 15 km peninsula (called the Presqu’île de Quiberon, literally translated as “almost” island), on the western side is the beautiful rugged and windswept Côte Sauvage (“wild coast”) whilst the town of Quiberon itself is spread around the beach and ports. Ferry boats depart several times daily for the very popular Belle-île (see below) and fishing boats pour in to unload their catches. The wide sandy beach called the Grande Plage is ideal for sunbathing and swimming during summer months. In the summer the town with its small boutiques, cafes and crêpe stands and the sandy beach are often jam-packed with people shopping and soaking up the sun.

Brittany’s largest island, Belle-île is an immensely popular spot and a great place to explore by scooter or small jeep. It is an easy day trip from Quiberon and well worth a visit.

East of Concarneau, Pont-Aven, is best known for its association with the post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin. This attractive little village also has some lovely riverside walks, a mouth-watering food speciality and a colourful summer festival.

If you have time you should stop off in Rennes, the capital town of Brittany with its beautiful architecture, large selection of shops, bars and restaurants. It has a very high student population which provides the town with a vibrant nightlife but Rennes is particularly nice in early July, during the Festival des Tombées de la Nuit. Its streets are then full of people enjoying the free street entertainment and eating or drinking at the terraces of the restaurants and cafés.