Popular Yacht Charter bases in Britanny are for example. Lorient or Port de Crouesty.The Gulf of Morbihan is relatively shallow but scenically very attractive, a beat, in which you can easily spend a whole week – however here as anywhere else in this region you should pay attention to the strong current. The coast with the peninsula Quiberon and the offshore islands of Belle Ile, Ile de Hoat, Hoedic and the Ile de Croix is deemed a calm beat. It gets rougher in Northern Brittany in the region around Brest and St. Malo.
The whole region, in which remains of bygone Norman and Breton cultures can be visited, is scenically very beautiful. If you want to pamper yourself, you can enjoy thalassic treatments, which are offered in the many spas around here. The leading Thalasso-Hotel is the Hotel Miramar in Crouesty, which is also really worth seeing thanks to its architecture in form of a ship. The Breton cuisine with lots of seafood is outstanding, the oyster banks invite for a visit – and there really should be no shortage of Cidre.
An exciting beat lies further south: The Port Les Minimes in La Rochelle is the second-largest yacht harbour in Europe (the largest one is Port Camargues). Thanks to the Gulf Stream, the climate here is relatively mild. The region of Charente-Maritime is home to almost all large French boat builder’s yards. The over 100 years old town used to live and still lives on shipping – accordingly the whole culture, the townscape, the decoration in bars and restaurants is very maritime. Charter sailors should really make time for an extended visit of the old town – in order to do that they can moor directly in Vieux Port in the centre. The sailing waters are well protected by the offshore islands of Ile d’Oléron and Ile de Re. Port of calls, absolutely worth one’s while, are the picturesque village of St. Martin on the Ile de Re with numerous restaurants in the harbour, Saint Denis d’Oléron, the car-free islet of Ile d’Aix with a large anchor bay – and the ones travelling upstream, can discover a town rich in tradition and with lots historic flair in Rochefort.
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