Built in the natural amphitheatre of the Gulf of Morbihan, Vannes is a good starting point to make boat excursions in the gulf. With a width of 20 km, the Gulf of Morbihan is actually a small closed sea, with more than 40 islands.
The entrance to the gulf is very suggestive, leading from the port to the old town through the historic gate of Porte Saint Vincent, , dating back to the XIII century. Just after the gate is the fish market ÔÇťHalle aux poissonsÔÇŁ, open every morning from Tuesday to Saturday. Not far from here, in Place du Poids Public, on Wednesday and Saturday morning takes place the vegetable market.
The old town is clearly medieval, with the characteristic timber-framed houses, the narrow streets and the magnificent gothic Cathedral dedicated to Saint Pierre.
Vannes is surrounded by high defence walls, which can be partly accessed from the steps behind Rue de Verges.
Outside the walls are some colourful French gardens in the Parc de la Garenne. Take a look at the public lavatories covered with slate roofs placed along the banks of river Marle.
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