Welcome to Guidel-The city of Beaches and surfing
For those who are not afraid of cold water, Guidel is a great place for swimming or surfing. Located in the south of Brittany-France, Guidel gathers three different beaches with a good flat reef and a very easy access.
From the beaches, you may get a glimpse of the island “Groix” far over the Atlantic. With 4.3 miles long and 1.8 miles wide, “Groix” is Brittany’s second largest island after “Belle-Île” and lies 8.7 miles off the coast of Lorient. Groix’s most famous stretch of sand is the beach of “Grands Sables” in the east of the island. According to islanders, it’s the only convex beach in Europe and its tip moves each year due to opposing streams.
The Guidel’s harbour is situated at the mouth of the Laita’s river where you can rent a canoe and sail on the river to enjoy the calm of these little desert islands and picnic on it.
As early as prehistoric times, Guidel was already inhabited, as shown by the megalithic monuments found on the territory. Bretons arrived in the fourth and fifth centuries followed by the Normans in the ninth and tenth centuries. In 1744, Louis XV went to war against England and in 1746, the British landed in Guidel to attack the harbour of Lorient. In September 1939, the WW2 was declared. From summer 1940, the town was occupied by the German: many blockhouses were built like “Fort Bloqué” and castles, manors or mansions were occupied by the German army. In 1942, in order to build the Atlantic Wall, a second line of fortifications was built 1.2 miles from the coast parallel to the first line.
Guidel has got a multitude of historical, natural and religious monuments, such as Le Tumuus de Kermene, La chapelle Saint Mathieu, le fort du Loch or the remains of the Second World War.
Specifically, the “Fort du Loch” is a military construction built from 1756, ten years after the landing of the English. It was part of the defence of Lorient’s harbour. This fort, built on a mound, has actually never been used in wartime. Today, it hosts temporary exhibitions. Blockhouses settled in the front sea are considered by some as an essential testimony of our history, and other as simple blocks defacing the sea. For two years, young painters of Fine Arts have been gradually repainting these blockhouses in order to integrate them better into the coastal landscape.
For those of you who are fond of sport, waves offer big thrills for surfers and kite surfers. Along the beaches you will find a golf and a fitness trail among pines trees.
Each 14th of July, there is a show with spectacular fireworks followed by a fireman’s ball. A guarantee for a good atmosphere!
Guidel’s inhabitants gather on Fridays and Sundays to go to the markets. More than eighty merchants are present on the church place. You will find crafts and local products, organic products and clothes. Otherwise there are some independent retailers. Obviously, you cannot stop in Guidel without eating seafood and “crêpes”along the sea. A lot of restaurants are situated on Guidel’s sea-front like “le Laita café” or “le Nautilius”.
Standard Time Zone : UTC/GMT + 1 hour
The climate in Guidel is warm and temperate. There is significant rainfall throughout the year in Guidel. Even the driest month still has a lot of rainfall. The average temperature in Guidel is 11.5 °C. The rainfall here averages 960 mm.