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Lorient

Le Quai des Indes à Lorient

From "soleil d'Orient", the 1st ship built in 1667 by the Compagnie des Indes. Became Lorient under the Revolution.

Lorient, town of art and history has kept its name as a souvenir of the prestigious far-off adventures of the Compagnie des Indes. It is famous for its maritime history, its lively nautical life and for its Interceltic Festival. Rebuilt after the Second World War in the architectural style of the 50's and 60's, today Lorient is a town filled with modern, lively and hospitable attractions. The town's cultural and sporting life avails of major facilities: Grand-Théâtre, Yves Allainmat stadium, aquatic centre... From square to square, parks and gardens, there is always a sea breeze here: the marina is located right in the heart of the town. A little further out, the town's docks open onto the bay.

Must see:

  • La tour de la découverte.
  • Grand Theatre: on Wednesday 9th April 2003, 60 years after the destruction of the former Theatre, the Grand Theatre opened its doors.
  • The Keroman submarine base (1942-1943). This is the largest 20th century fortress, designed to hold around twenty submarines and their crews. Guided tours only.
  • Flore submarine and its museum..
  • The Submariners' museum: guided by specialists in diving and history, there is an impressive simulator built in 1942 to train submariners.
  • The Eric Tabarly sailing museum, an interactive museum to learn everything about sailing and offshore racing.
  • "L'enclos du Port", today open to the public: the first installations of the Compagnie des Indes at the Faouëdic site, the tour de la Découverte, the hotel Gabriel (former sales office of the Compagnie des Indes), mills, military quadrangle.
  • The private houses on the quai des Indes symbolise the power and prosperity of the town at the end of the 18th century.
  • The 1930's houses: influenced by Italian masons fleeing Mussolini's regime, many 1930's buildings, highly original for their time, remain in Lorient.
  • Le Faouëdic art gallery

Experience:

  • Festival de la Bande Dessinée (comics), start of April
  • Carnaval de Lorient, 1st weekend in April
  • Lorient cycling Grand Prix, in August
  • The Interceltic Festival in August is a worldwide contemporary festival of Celtic music with almost 4500 artists and 650 000 visitors.
  • Sailing races and events, depending on the years: Fishing port and commercial port races, Atlantique-Le Télégramme challenge, multihull Grand Prix. In 2012 and 2015, the Volvo Ocean Race.
  • All festivities and events in Lorient

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