|Thanks to its position at the head of the Golfe de Morbihan, VANNES, 20km east of Auray, is southern Brittany's major tourist town. Modern Vannes is such a large and thriving community that the small size of the old walled town at its core, Vieux Vannes, may well come as a surprise. Its focal point, the old gateway of the Porte St-Vincent, commands a busy little square at the northern end of the long canalized port that provides access to the gulf itself. Once inside the ramparts, the old centre of chaotic streets crammed around the cathedral, and enclosed by gardens and a tiny stream is largely pedestrianized, in refreshing contrast to the somewhat insane road system beyond.|
Pages in section ‘Vannes’: The Town, Arrival, information and accommodation, Hotels, Restaurants.