In Morbihan on the southern side of Brittany, Lorient is an oceangoing city of five ports, with the second-largest fishing harbour in France and an enthralling former naval base. Nearly everything you do in Lorient will have a maritime theme, whether you explore an indestructible Nazi submarine base or dive into the high-tech world of yacht racing at the Cité de la Voile.
The very name of “Lorient” is linked to the French East India Company, which was based in the port up to the 1870s. Their headquarters was the fine Hôtel Gabriel, and there’s a museum all about the company in Port-Louis, a brief crossing from Lorient’s ferry port.
Lets explore the best things to do in Lorient:
1. Cité de la Voile Éric Tabarly
The only museum in Europe entirely dedicated to sailing, this attraction is an interactive and child-friendly celebration of the sport.
Each year there’s a new high-profile main exhibition, which revolves around modern long-distance racing and navigation.
And to keep younger minds interested there’s loads of multimedia, rigging games, radio-controlled sailboats and even a ten-seater simulator transporting you straight to the high seas in a racing boat.
The museum is named for Éric Tabarly, who won a host of prestigious races in the 60s and 70s aboard his cutter, Ped Duick.
This legendary vessel is also on display at the museum.