Famed as a sardine fishery, Quiberon encompasses the southern part of the Quiberon Peninsula, which is connected to mainland France via a tombolo. In 1759, it was the site of the Battle of Quiberon Bay between French and British fleets and was occupied by Nazi troops during World War II.
Things to do in Quiberon
At the southeastern tip of Quiberon is the Pointe du Conguel, a protected natural area traversed by walking trails offering superb views across Quiberon Bay. It’s dotted with historic seaweed ovens that were once used for burning kelp, with the ashes collected for the extraction of iodine. Take note of the two islets perched just offshore, one of which features several Gallic burial sites.
A short walk from the Port de Quiberon is the Château Turpault, a medieval-inspired castle built for George Turpin between 1904 and 1910. It was occupied by Nazi troops during World War II and later sold to the Mayor of Quiberon, Marcel Robert. While it’s not accessible to visitors, there are impressive views of the castle from the surrounding rocks.
For a day at the beach, head to the fine sands of Porigo on the east coast of Quiberon. With its protected waters ideal for children, this family-friendly beach lies between the modern marina at Port Haliguen and Pointe Riberen. If you want to get out on the water, you can book a windsurfing or sailing lesson at the A.S.N. Quiberon.
Getting around Quiberon
Quiberon is around an hour’s drive from Vannes and one hour from Lorient South Brittany Airport, which has regular flights to Paris, Lyon and Toulouse. Trains connect from destinations across the region to the Gare de Quiberon while the centre of Quiberon is compact enough to explore on foot.