Vannes, France
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With its brightly-coloured, timber-framed buildings and sturdy stone walls, Vannes looks more like the set of a period drama than a living, breathing town. Yet once you’re acquainted with its cobbled, narrow streets, you’ll discover that this place is very much alive. From summer festivals and open-air markets to a thriving café culture on the marina, Vannes knows exactly how to enjoy the best things in life, so all you have to do is sit back and soak up the atmosphere.

Things to see

With its spire rising above the slate rooftops of the old town, Vannes Cathedral is a prime example of soaring gothic splendour. Inside its vaulted ceilings and glorious stained-glass windows will leave you with a sense of hushed awe. Just a couple of streets away is the Place de la Republique, the heart of the city. Here, belle-époque facades flank the Hotel de Ville, Vannes’ stately town hall. In the warmer months, pavement cafes spill out into the square, and it makes the ideal spot to sip a coffee and people-watch. To the north, the architecture takes a decidedly modern turn, the highlight being the innovative Palais des Arts et des Congres. It has a packed schedule of visiting contemporary art exhibitions and experimental theatre performances. Visiting with kids? You won’t want to miss Vannes Aquarium, where you’ll come face-to-face with their mascot seahorses, as well as sharks, and even crocodiles.

Hotels in Vannes

Vannes has a great choice of familiar-brand and boutique character hotels, mostly mid-range and budget options, with discount prices to keep you happy. The larger, 4-star hotels offer stylish, contemporary rooms at great value for money. Some boast private balconies or patios, and they have all the mod cons you could ask for, including free WiFi, air conditioning and soundproofing, giving you a very comfortable stay. Chic restaurants and bars provide relaxed dining options, and there are health and fitness facilities for your downtime. The budget hotels in Vannes provide comfortable rooms, usually with WiFi, and buffet breakfasts are widely on offer.

Where to stay

If you’re visiting Vannes with the family, then the best place to stay is around the Parc du Golfe, on the waterfront. There’s a whole variety of child-friendly activities round here, from the aquarium to the butterfly garden. It’s also the place for boat trips around the Gulf of Morbihan. Vannes city centre, just 5 minutes north, is ideal for a cultural break. You’ll be staying in a characterful hotel, and the main museums, galleries, and historic sites are within easy walking distance. If you’re looking for a cheap hotel in Vannes, there are several on the outskirts of town.

How to get to Vannes

There are 2 regional airports within easy reach of Vannes – Nantes, to the south, receives numerous international flights from across Europe, as well as domestic services, and is located just over an hour away. Lorient is slightly closer, and there are regular flights from Paris and Lyon. Vannes is well-connected to Paris by train as well, with high-speed TGV services taking just over 3 hours from Paris Montparnasse. If you arrive in Paris by Eurostar, it’s easy to transfer between the Eurostar terminal at Gare du Nord to Montparnasse, and it’s also a straightforward metro ride from Charles de Gaulle Airport.

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