La Roche Bernard
La roche Bernard has been popular since Bernhardt, a Viking chief, realised its strategic potential as a port, and the sheltered anchorage is now a favourite with yachtsmen.
This quaint and pretty town clings to the rocky cliff face overlooking the Vilaine estuary. As well as the little streets around Place du Bouffay, there is a museum of maritime history. La Maison de l’Abeille is an interesting and educational trip through the world of the bee, with a shop supplying honey. For the nautical, there are trips on a traditional sailing ship on the river Vilaine.
La Roche-Bernard has been designated a Petite Cité de Caractère (small town of character) in recognition of its historic nature, and is well worth a visit. There is a boat restaurant, where you can conveniently combine a good meal with boat tour of the Gulf.
There is an excellent range of restaurants and the old quarter is packed with charming flower-decked houses, and has become an artists quarter attracting crafts people displaying pottery, paintings, leatherware etc. There area regular craft markets where the resident artisans combine with visiting artists who set up street stalls to bring together some of the best quality craft items in Brittany.

A graceful suspension bridge spans the river, replacing an earlier version accidentally destroyed when lightning struck a German ammunition base.
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