Saint Goustan at night © Y. The Gal

Saint-Goustan, the port of Auray

The port of Saint-Goustan nestles at a bend on the Auray river and has managed to retain its olde worlde character. Its cobbled streets lend the town a medieval appearance, and underline its maritime history. You can very easily imagine the hustle and bustle of the quays of this accredited "City of Art and history" (Town of Art and History) back when the trading ships would load and unload their cargo here. The sound of horses' hooves on cobbles, the opulent houses of the captains - you could almost expect to spot a pirate as you walk down the street.

  • Rue du Château © R. Le Guernevel

    Street of the castle

  • Place Saint-Sauveur Saint Goustan © Y. Le Gal

    Saint-Sauveur square

These days, St. Saviour Square and Franklin Quay are where the hustle and bustle is to be found throughout the year. From bric-a-brac traders to street shows, the port acts as the theater for the festivity-rich life of the town. During the summer, go along for an early evening drink any Thursday! And when night falls, the town of Saint-Goustan completely lights up and people fill the terraces of the bars and cafés. Tales of sailors and treasure are in the air, and some can be seen departing laden with mysterious packages: might an art lover have been tempted by the original works produced by the artists of rue Château? Painters, gallery owners, sculptors and photographers all, in a sense, honour the "street rising" (street which climbs) with their art, much to the pleasure of the visitors strolling around! From here - the port's very own 'right bank' - you can also get to the centre of Auray by working your way up the "log ramps".

These are the form ramparts of what was once the castle of Auray, and are listed as historical heritage. Overlooking the port, there are magnificent views to be had at every turn of the path leading up them. From here you can contemplate the four-arched stone bridge, the half-half-timbered houses and the little, climbing, flower-adorned streets. What a view! To add a touch of colour and fun to the picture, don't miss the famous nautical jousting! In an atmosphere of sport and family fun, costumed teams armed with lances face each other down, provoking peals of laughter from the children when the jousters end up in the water! You might well say, sometimes, that the spirit of Peter Pan is alive and well and perhaps your next holiday, in Morbihan, may be just the opportunity to be a child again.

Balade sur le quai Franklin © N. Millot

Walk on the Franklin dock

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