The landscape - The Activities

  • At Etel, where-ever you go, the proximity of a great ocean can be both seen and felt. The horizon is wide and the beaches are long. The river is also a magnificent source of marine species inhabiting the entrance to the little inland sea which is the Ria d'Etel.
  • Swimming and all sorts of water sports, can be enjoyed in a range of perfect locations. The main beaches on the Atlantic are called Kerilio, Kerminihy, Kerouriec, Sainte Barbe, and Les crevettes, but if you prefer more sheltered beaches there are many along the creeks of the Ria..
  • The 'Plan d'eau', is a sandy inlet right at the heart of Etel beside the beach at Pradic. This is separated by a barrage which gives a large, shallow and secure area of sea water where very young children can play safely.
  • Fishing : along the shore, by rod or from a boat : bass, sea-bream, pollock...
  • The light cruiser 'Le Brisard' based at Etel can be hired for fishing parties out into the sea (for info use this link (office de tourisme Etel)
  • Scuba diving. The waters of the Ria D'Etel, like those of the Golfe du Morbihan, represent very special ecosystems, which are rare in France, and which support a particularly wide range of marine life for you to discover.
  • Cruise around the Ria :: la Compagnie des îlesoffers a guided tour of the Ria on board one of their tourist cruisers with a multi lingual commentary.
  • Etel also offers the protected 'plan d'eau' as an excellent training ground for light sailing, catamaran, all dinghys and, of course, windsurfers. Here you ca take advantage of the strong and regular sea winds but stay protected from the difficult ocean waves and swell. Perfect for beginners and intermediate sailors alike.
  • Centre nautique d'Etel (Etel sailing center) offers all levels of courses from beginner to expert in a wide range of water sports. They also hire out equipment such as dinghies, catamarans, windsurfers and kayaks..
  • For wave and surf enthusiasts, Sainte Barbe is the place where the highest waves arrive. If you prefer slightly smaller ones try the beaches on either side. For the highest waves breaking on a rocky coast there is Quiberon and 'The Cote Sauvage'! For Kite Surfing and other water sports the coast, for tens of kilometers around Etel in both directions, is full of perfect places to choose depending on the direction of the wind - Etel, Kerilio, Sainte Barbe, Gâvres, Carnac, Les sables Blancs, La petite mer de Gâvres, Penthièvre etc.......
  • Kayak – The inland sea that is the Ria d'Etel, with its islands and creeks, is perfect to discover by kayak or dinghy.(location à http://www.cristalriakayak.fr - se renseigner à l'office de tourisme)
  • The Beach of Kerminihy accepts nudism
  • Carnac, La Trinité sur Mer and the Bay of Quiberon are about 15 km away and have fine white sand beaches.
  • The port town of La Trinite sur Mer (12km) is a very famous sailing centre and important base for the very highest levels of this sport. Sailors such as Tabarly, Loic Perron, Ellen MacArthur and Francis Joyon have all passed this way! Several of them continue to sail from La Trinite throughout the year (eg Francis Joyon). You can often see some of their enormous round the world racing yachts or trimarans tied up at the quay, from where they will leave early in the morning to sail in the Bay of Quiberon.
  • The Countryside and Historical Sites


  • Walking, Trekking and Cycling : More than eighty kilometres of foot and cycle paths spread out from Etel and its neigbouring commune, Erdeven. Some of these follow the coastal routes, others wander among the many megalithic sites that dot the landscape. L'office du tourisme d'Erdeven (Erdeven Tourist Office ) publishes the exact route of these paths and maps to go with them.
  • Golf The 18 hole golf course at St Laurent is 7 km from Etel.
  • Tennis courts can be rented at Etel and bicycles hired at Etel and Erdeven.
  • Special sites to be visited include The Golfe of Morbihan and its islands (vedettes du Golfe), many tours departing from Locmariaquer),Also the Islands of Houat and Hoedic, and, of course, Belle-Ile departing from Quiberon.
  • All around Etel you will find an enormous number of Megalithic sites and standing stones. The most famous are at Carnac, but others, (some say better ones) are at Erdeven, Plouharnel and Locmariaquer
  • Towns not to be missed: Auray and the old port of Saint Goustan built in the 14th and 15th centuries. Vannes and its old town inside the medieval walls with its half timbered buildings..