There is no shortage of local products in Brittany ! Mouth-watering specialities include crêpes, Breton cake, kouign amann, cider, salted butter caramels, fish rillettes and andouille (chitterling sausage). Lorient is the second largest fishing port in France so fresh fish and seafood are plentiful : langoustines, oysters, shellfish, fish, etc. Everything you need for a delicious seafood platter and fine fresh fish.
For the past 50 years, Lorient has been the world capital of Celtic nations. Its annual Interceltic Festival attracts more than 800,000 festival goers over 10 days during the first fortnight in August. It brings together groups from countries and regions of Celtic origin for concerts, dances and different performances. A unique event which is definitely not to be missed !
History and the sea
Lorient, like many other towns on the Atlantic coast, was greatly affected by the Second World War. History enthusiasts can enjoy visiting places steeped in memories of the events which marked the town during the 20th century. The submarine pens built by the Germans have been converted into a go-ahead, innovative complex of museums, restaurants and harbour activities. The Eric Tabarly Cité de la Voile is a perfect example : this museum of sailing and ocean racing is a fun, interactive experience for both children and grown-ups.