Carnac travel guide

Cities and towns

About Carnac

Carnac in Brittany is a small town on the River Crac'h that is most famous for its wealth of pre-historic megalithic monuments, the Carnac Stones.

Explore this mystical place and discover an incredible ancient world of nearly 3000 megalithic stones arranged in lines and circles for an unknown purpose. With giant menhirs (standing stones), dolmens (burial tombs) and tumuli (burial mounds) it is often thought of as an ancient place of worship, or as an astronomical observatory of the sun and stars.

In the town, Carnac-Ville you can visit the Musée de Préhistoire, which holds the contents of many of the ancient burial mounds, with fascinating artefacts on display. Whilst in the town, why not pass by the Eglise St Cornély, one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Morbihan or go shopping in the little boutiques and visit one of Carnac's fantastic créperies. Wander down to Carnac-Plage where you'll find Carnac's 5 beautiful, sheltered, sandy beaches that are popular with tourists and sample some of Brittany's famous thalassotherapy.

Why visit Carnac?

  • The Carnac Stones
  • The Beaches
  • The Church
  • The Museum of Pre-History 


  • Country: France
  • Region: Brittany
  • Department: Morbihan
  • Population: 4,500
  • Coordinates: 47.588221,-3.077717

Coordinates shown are based on the WGS84 system, please check driving directions before departing.

Find a holiday

Brittany Ferries holidays include return ferry travel with your car so you can explore at your own pace. What's more, you can pack everything you need to make the most of your time away - from bikes to surfboards and even the family pet.