Citadelle Vauban & Musée d'Art et d'Histoire

Golfe du Morbihan

The dramatic citadel, strengthened by the architect Vauban in 1682, dominates little Le Palais port. Inside, the informative museum's displays concentrate on the history of the island's defensive system, though there are also sections on the local fishing trade and island life. There's also a very smart hotel here and a restaurant.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Golfe du Morbihan attractions

1. Plage d'Herlin

3.39 MILES

This small, sheltered beach on the south coast of the island is a good choice for young kids.

3. Plage de Donnant


This lovely beach on the west side of the island is secluded, but swimming is very dangerous due to riptides.

4. Aiguilles de Port Coton

4.88 MILES

Just off the western side of the island, these magnificent rock stacks – depicted in a series of celebrated canvases by Claude Monet in 1886 – resemble…

6. Pointe des Poulains

5.37 MILES

The island's northernmost point juts out dramatically at Pointe des Poulains. Flanked by craggy cliffs and affording sublime views, this windswept…

7. Grande Plage

9.07 MILES

Grande Plage is a long, family-friendly and attractive, sheltered sweep of sand; bathing spots towards the peninsula's tip are less crowded.

8. Musée de Préhistoire

16.65 MILES

The Musée de Préhistoire is chock full of the finds from the megalithic sites throughout the region, so it serves as a fantastic primer to the area and…