Next, let’s move across to the area around Ploërmel on the edge of Brocéliande Forest. The Lac du Duc in the foothills of Ploërmel has a watersports centre and hydrangea discovery walk for a relaxing family day out. Stop off for unusual gourmet visits to buy cheese and fruit jellies made by the monks of the Abbaye Notre Dame de Timadeuc at Bréhan and biscuits and chocolates made by nuns of the Abbaye Notre Dame de la Joie at Campénéac. Just after Campénéac, Tréhorenteuc brings us to the Pays de Brocéliande. So what makes Brocéliande unique? It is without doubt the fusion between its natural beauty, magical Arthurian legends and trees, essential symbol of Celtic culture. Different forest trails lead to the many attractions which epitomize this alliance.
Attractions include the Eglise du Graal (church), Val sans retour (Vale of no return), Tombeau de Merlin (Merlin’s tomb), Fontaine de Barenton, Chêne à Guillotin (ancient oak tree) and many more curiosities in this mysterious land of Merlin, Viviane, Morgane and Arthur. In the middle of the forest is the red-walled Château de Comper at Concoret, a centre of Arthurian legend which perpetuates the magic of the Celtic world in its grounds with a lake. Medieval history is intermingled with the legends of the Round Table. Every year a grand exhibition breaks down the frontier with the Other World. There are film shows suitable for children and adults and a regular programme of shows, activities and other events.
As you can see, this north-western corner of Morbihan is a super place for a holiday. Armelle who works at Gîtes de France Côtes d’Armor and comes from this area confirms it. « I worked for 5 summers as a receptionist and guide at the Château de Josselin, it was fascinating. I discovered and rediscovered the history of the castle, of my home town, of Brittany and of France. It was wonderful to share it all with visitors from France and elsewhere. My visits often ran over time ! This experience surely influenced my current job : promoting quality hospitality and properties ! ».