Carnac Stones

Landmarks and Historic Buildings

These incredible stone alignments were created in several stages, some more than 6000 years ago. Legends about their creation abound with one story claiming that the stones are a Roman Legion that the wizard Merlin enspelled.

The 3 main alignments are the Ménec, Kermario and Kerlescan alignments with dolmens, cromlechs (stone circles) and the occasional tumulus scattered around the site. The most famous tumulus is the St Michel from where you can see a brilliant panorama of the alignments.

Whilst you are free to walk around the stones in winter, access in the summer is only by guided tour in order to conserve the site. Visit the Maison de Megaliths to watch an English language video and buy books about the site. You can book your guided tour here too.

Places to visit nearby

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.

Quiberon in Brittany is a pretty fishing port at the tip of the slim Quiberon Peninsula.

Located in Morbihan, on the Southern coast of Brittany, the fascinating city of Vannes is an intriguing mix of antiquity and urbanisation

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