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Gavrinis Island

#206 of 1,008 things to do in Brittany
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Address: France
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This scenic island is popular for its breathtaking natural beauty as well...

This scenic island is popular for its breathtaking natural beauty as well as its many prehistoric ruins.

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Visit to Gavrinis by public transport

I really wanted to visit the cairn is it is pretty unique in its decorations. Not being able to drive made getting there a bit complicated, as the public transport to Larmor... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 8, 2016
Marieke F
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

I'm sure that the Cairn is well worth the trip but it appears impossible to buy tickets on-line. Which means that you have to drive there. That took us an hour at the end of which we were greeted by 'we're full today and then we close for three weeks'. And I had the impression that it wasn't the first... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

I really wanted to visit the cairn is it is pretty unique in its decorations. Not being able to drive made getting there a bit complicated, as the public transport to Larmor Baden, from where the visit starts, is very irregular. I was staying in Auray, but the bus connection through TIM lign 6 is by reservation only, and the... More 

1 Thank Marieke F
Bridlington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

Had a great visit to Gavrinis which cost €44 for two people. The tickets enabled us to get half price I to any of three other sites in morbihan. The booking was simple with no language barrier. You need to book in advance, I drove to Larmour Baden and booked in person. Parking is free all day on the harbour.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2016

To get to Gavrinis Island you need to go to Larmour Baden where you catch the boat. We were early so we bought some lunch at a small store and ate whilst we waited for the office to open which it did at 13.30. We were booked on the 14.30 trip. We received a discount from our visit to Locmariaquer... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2015

We are on Gavrinis Island, looking at a cairn that was built at least 4000 years BC and it has around 28 slabs fully covered with wonderfull engravings. The only problem is they do not let you take any picture inside, but just looking at it is really wonderfull. We love archaeology, we have visited several sites in Northern Africa,... More 

3 Thank Carolina B
Alpharetta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2015

Others have done a nice job of explaining what you see and there are several good websites that can provide more information. TripAdvisor does not permit me to post them, but they are not that hard to find. I suggest you do your own homework before you go because the tour is all in English. There are about a dozen... More 

1 Thank phat_dawg_21
Mt Prospect, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2015

In a region rich in menhirs and dolmens, if you want to visit only one site, this is it! It is a passage dolmen covered by a cairn located on an island. The passage is quite long over 13 meters (45 ft). What makes Gavrinis unique are the 23 standing stones that are etched with art. These stones line both... More 

3 Thank FSYMP
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2015

We took the tour on a Friday afternoon in August, having booked in advance. (Those who hadn't were disappointed.) It's tricky to park near the port so be prepared to spend time finding a parking place further away at a busy time of year. The boat trip itself is pleasant, with a brief commentary though this can be hard to... More 

4 Thank jotomalin
Teralfene, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2015

Although it's years ago I went there, I am still impressed with this cairn. The boat ride to the island is wonderful in the summer and once you arrive, you're steeped in history. It's rare to find a place that is this well-preserved. The rich internal decorations make Gavrinis one of the major treasuries of European megalithic art.

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Ghent, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

This neolithic cairn is located on a small island. A short boattrip from Larmor Baden takes you there. The cairn is very well preserved/restored ;-) and inside there are many beautiful and interesting carvings. Although our guide had some strange ideas about the neolithic era, i would highly recommend visiting this one of a kind monument!

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