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Morlaix is an old port town in Brittany, one of the most fascinating destinations on the northern coast of France. Its history was colored by alternating periods of trade and warfare with the English, culminating in the construction of its prominent 16th-century fortress in the bay. The stone or half-timbered period houses and sloping streets of Morlaix create an atmospheric old town with several buildings and churches of historic interest. The harbor area is popular with the yachting crowd in summer, with some stylish restaurants. Online accommodation specialist Venere can offer a great choice of Morlaix hotels to suit any requirements or budget. Book Morlaix accommodation in advance with Venere and look forward to a refreshing break in Brittany.
What's Morlaix Like?
History has molded the character of this distinguished Breton town. Little remains of the 11th-century castle and battlements that originally protected the port, but the 16th-century fort, the Chateau du Taureau, still dominates the bay, and is now used as a sailing school. In Morlaix, the Jacobin convent dates from the 13th century and once hosted Mary Queen of Scots. It now houses the Morlaix art museum. The harbor area is the hub of activity in the summer months when it is busy with pleasure craft. The smart houses that line the harbor front mostly date from the 18th century when Morlaix was very prosperous from the linen trade. The striking pink granite 19th-century railway viaduct divides the harbor area from a medieval quarter which features some notable churches. The narrow streets are very attractive, lined with half-timbered houses in colorful shades, decorated with traditional Breton tiles. The Maison de la Duchesse Anne is a typical example, offering guided tours. Morlaix hotels provide a charming base for exploring the Brittany coast.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Morlaix
England might be very close, but English is not always understood in Morlaix, so have a few French phrases at your command for everyday purposes. Seafood is the local specialty. Some harborside restaurants can be a little expensive in high season, but follow the local crowd to bustling and informal bistros where you can try the assiette de fruits de mer, a dish of assorted fish and shellfish simply prepared. Cider is the locals' drink of choice. Use the Venere site features to get more information on our range of Morlaix hotels. Informative and candid reviews from previous guests, photo galleries, sample room layouts and interactive maps showing the locations of the major sights give a clear impression of what to expect from Morlaix accommodation.
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