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In Breton, gavr means goat or shrimp
Located at the end of a peninsula, bathed by the Petite Mer to the north and the ocean to the south, this fishing village formerly comprising Ban Gâvres and Gâvres , has a maritime vocation that is passed on from generation to generation. Today, the peninsula with its fine, sandy beaches and nautical activities, is very popular and busy during the fine weather season. The coastline extends from Gâvres to Plouhinec, made up mainly of dunes that run as far as Penthièvre. The dunes of Gâvres and Plouhinec are of remarkable ecological and natural interest. There is a regular boat service between Gâvres and Port-Louis. Gâvres is a commune 183 ha in size with 753 inhabitants called Gâvrais.
Must see :
- Goêrem Dolmen: dating from 3000 years B.C. and listed as a historical megalith.
- The church of Saint-Gildas is Roman style in the shape of a Latin cross and entirely built from granite.
- Saint-Gildas fountain (17th century): a vaulted well, under the dune, accessible by 17 steps, which gave its name to the bay Porh-Puns which in Breton means the port of the well.
- The Port-Puns fort was built in 1695 to protect Port-Louis.
- The port of Ban-Gâvres is very picturesque with its winding streets and squares. In the 1950's and 60's, Ban-Gâvres was an important sardine port.
- Walks in Gâvres
- The sardine festival on 13th July - an occasion to remember that Gâvres was a sardine port in the 1950's.
- In August, the port resounds to the songs of the sailors.
- During the summer, Gâvres Art et Tradition is an exhibition of artists (painting, photography, etc.).
- All the festivities and events in Gâvres
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