Set sail for the captains’ island!
Much loved by long-distance sailors, the Isle of Arz nicknamed “the Isle of Captains” takes its charm from its relaxed lifestyle. A true haven of peace in the heart of the Gulf of Morbihan, the island of Arz benefits from a jagged side protecting numerous coves suitable for swimming and offering incomparable panoramas over the Gulf of Morbihan. Less steep than its neighbor the Île aux Moines, it is easier for you to go around the island on foot, along the gardens decorated with hydrangeas or camellias and on the dike of the Berno tide mill.
“Sailors and Captains” Museum.
“Sailors & Captains” tells you about the life of an island community turned towards the sea and navigation, offshore and offshore, in calm or stormy weather. You will discover the history, sometimes dramatic, of these Sailors & Captains in the heyday of the sailing navy. Mre info on the website.
Church of Our Lady of the Nativity of the 12th and 16th centuries, classified M.H.
The priory church became a parish in 1615 and is the oldest monument in the town. Originally it is a Romanesque building, today only the nave, the arms of the transept and the tower remain. To see: bestiary carved on the capitals of the transept, descent from the Hermitais cross inspired by Rubens, stained glass windows …
18th century priory
The priory was built in 1008 and its owner was originally the rector of the entire island. The prior of Notre Dame has no particular chapel and as such the church is both priory and parish. The religious residence is adjacent to the church and the cemetery and to a walled garden.
Berno tide mill from the 16th century (guided tour possible)
Originally a monument to Ildaran history abandoned for several decades. The Berno mill has long milled the grain of the island entrained by the flux and the ebb until it is competed by more modern methods. From the seawall and the mill suffered the ravages of time. It has been renovated by a team of passionate ildarais, the mill has found its wheel, completing a quality restoration. Commented tours are organized (tel. 02 97 44 31 33)
Dolmen of the Pointe de Lious (IV-III millennium a.v. J.C.).
How to get to the island of Arz?
Boat crossing to the Isle of Arz:
All year :
- Vannes, Gare Maritime from 1 April 2019 to 30 September 2019
- Vannes, Cale de Conleau from 1 April 2019 to 30 March 2019
- Séné, Cale de Barrarac’h all year round
Frequency : approximately hourly, daily, year-round.
Crossing time: 20 – 30 minutes (depending on season and port of departure).
Prices: € 10.40 / adult round trip. Child 4-11 years old: € 6.20 round trip. Free – 4 years old. Dog: € 5.10
From January to March 31: 6:45 a.m. to 7:35 p.m. (holidays and Sundays: from 8:40 a.m.)
From April 1 to the end of June: 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (holidays and Sundays: from 8:35 a.m.)
From July 6 to August 31: 6.30 a.m. to 7.45 p.m. (holidays and Sundays: from 8.40 a.m.)
The highlights of the Isle of Arz:
- Fireworks at Berno’s mill (mid-July)
- Regattas and tour of the Isle of Arz (August)
- Exhibition of island artists (end of July)
- Gulf Week (every two years, Ascension weekend)