With its bright blue hull and its tall orange sails, l’Indomptable is one of the most photogenic boats you’ll ever see. When my father offered to sail it during our visit to Brittany, I thought it was a joke.
Sailing one of the most beautiful regions on one of the most beautiful boats…
Was I dreaming?
L’Indomptable is moored in Saint Goustan, a lovely port on the Auray river in the South of Brittany. I love the authentic look of Saint Goustan and that’s why I included it in my Best Of Brittany list. Sure, it has changed a lot from being a poor suburb of Auray to becoming a touristy port; and don’t expect to witness the local way of life there. A bit like Locronan, Saint Goustan is a village that’s now made for tourists. But the money that tourism brought allowed them to renovate a few places and keep the village alive.
A short stroll along the quays feels like travelling back in time, with the cobbled lanes, the stone bridge, and the old looking half-timbered houses. I could easily picture my father childhood souvenirs (minus the restaurants and the hotels). So boarding a vintage ship was a perfect addition to the picture.
The historic vessel was built in 1947 in Britanny to fish scallops. It was totally restored a few years ago and can now be hired to sail from Saint Goustan around the Gulf of Morbihan and Quiberon. With tons of islands around, it’s a splendid area where to navigate.
We all had a chance to manoeuvre the ship and raise the sails. It was a fantastic experience. If you’re a beginner, that’s not a problem. The skipper is on board to give you instructions and advice.
We were lucky with the wind: we could sail all the way to the ocean and back and never needed the motor. The cruise was delightful.
Up to 12 people can be onboard and a day tour costs 600 euros. Visit indomptable.eu for more information.
Where to stay?
Saint Goustan is a lovely village, but it’s also very small. There are only a few accommodation options, so I suggest extending your search to Auray if you want to stay nearby. Best Western Auray* is located near a forest and has free access to a hot tub – which sounds like a good combo for a relaxing stay. Hotel Le Branhoc* is only 10 minutes away by foot from Saint Goustan lovely harbour.
If you want to explore the lovely Morbihan region, I recommend staying in Vannes City Centre*. It’s a beautiful town to explore, and there is a good choice of accommodation and dining options.
Where is Saint Goustan (Auray)?
Saint Goustan is the port of Auray, located in the south of Brittany – the most western region of France. It’s easily accessible from Lorient and Vannes, which can both be reached by direct trains from Paris.
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