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Our region of the month is the Morbihan department in southern Brittany, a charmed mix of coastline, countryside and ancient history. With its gentle, sunny micro-climate, clear light, sandy beaches, pretty villages and towns, this is a great holiday area for families, foodies, lovers of ancient history, artists and those who like messing about in boats.

The countryside is peaceful and the coastline is beautifully varied and sheltered, with a wealth of inlets and islets. You’ll find plenty of white-washed houses, sailing yachts, leisure craft and excellent food and drink, especially oysters.The Gulf of Morbihan is a lovely area of oyster beds, sea birds, coastal paths, yacht harbours and pine-lined beaches and the Pointe d’Arradon is known as the Riviera of the Gulf.

This is, too, a magical ancient land of dolmens, menhirs and standing stones, most spectacularly around Locmariaquer and the small town of Carnac, which has thousands of standing stone is spectacular rowws – ‘les alignements’.

Morbihan’s main towns include Lorient and its regional centre is the medeival city of Vannes. Here you’ll find fish and vegetable markets, Roman walls and well kept gardens, a Gothic cathedral, café-lined squares and superbly conserved timber framed houses. Vannes holds a jazz festival this month from 25 – 31 July.

We have a good range of holiday lets in Morbihan, some that still have summer availability. Also properties for sale. One holiday home and two houses for sale are featured in the current issue of French Property News magazine, in a three page article that highlights the houses and lifestyle of the Brittany area through French Connections properties. Read the article here.