Although only a small village, Sainte-Anne-d’Auray has been the spiritual capital of Brittany for almost 4 centuries and is named after Saint Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary, and is home to a magnificent, Renaissance style basilica. The basilica was built in the mid-nineteenth century after apparitions of Saint Anne appeared to Yves Nicolazic, a local ploughman. Visited by Pope John Paul II in 1996, the village welcomes several thousands of pilgrims on the Day of Forgiveness of Saint Anne (26th July) alone. Staying at one of the local hotels, visitors to the village have easy access to the Gallery of Popular Religious Art, the Museum of Breton Costume and the house of Yves Nicolazic, as well as the ‘L’Historial’ wax museum and the war memorial to the Breton victims of World War I. EasyToBook.com offers budget hotel accommodation right at the heart of this tranquil sanctuary.
From the standing stones at Carnac, thought to date back as far as 5000BC, to the golf course at Golf de Baden, the surrounding area of Morbihan offers something for everyone. Your hotel base in Sainte-Anne-d’Auray affords easy access to historic cities, golden beaches and unspoiled areas of natural beauty. The pretty port town of Auray, less than 5kms from your hotel doorstep, is famous for its oyster beds and its ‘old town’, with quaint narrow streets and beautifully preserved 15th century houses. The beach resort town of Quiberon offers hours of relaxation for sun worshippers, whilst Pontivy and Josselin, both only a short drive from your hotel, offer serious historians the opportunity to visit castles which date back to the Hundred Years War.
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