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Lorient, located in Brittany alongside a large beautiful harbour which is sheltered from the sea by the peaceful island of Île de Groix, lies where the rivers Scorff, Blavet and Ter meet. The town was once extremely wealthy, attracting English and French colonists. However, Lorient underwent heavy bombardment during WWII, and much of the town was destroyed. As a result of this destruction, many of the beautiful sights no longer exist, but there is historical evidence of this. Book cheap car hire in Lorient right here and let us find you a great deal by comparing the market. It's the best way to get around this area of Brittany.
The only museum in town is located on the other side of the estuary in Port-Louis. The Musée de la Compagnie des Indes (The India Company Museum) recounts the shrewd workings of imperialism.
Most visitors here tend to spend their time floating around on the many boats, up and down the estuary or out to the island Île de Groix. A smaller version of the Belle-Iie, this eight-kilometre steep-sided rock has some fabulous beaches that draw in hordes of tourists.
There is an abundance of restaurants to choose from in Lorient, and one of the best is the Victor Hugo Hotel restaurant, which offers wild pheasant pate and duck l'orange. Yesterday's, a brassiere close to the town hall, has a great set menu.
Brest, Rennes and Nantes are the nearest airports to Lorient. Travellers can also fly into Lorient's small airport, Lann Bihoué, which is a mere 20 minutes from the centre of town. There are regular flights to and from Paris Orly and Lyon. Shuttle, bus, taxi and car rentals services all operate from these airports.
Avis, Europcar, Hertz and National each have desks at the airport, Sixt car hire also have desks at Brest and Rennes Airports. Purchase cheap car hire in Lorient with us by searching for the right car with our search comparison engine. It's simple to use and you'll find prices are a lot cheaper than those at the airports.
Getting to Lorient from Paris is easy by car, just travel west directly to Rennes/Nantes. From Rennes take the N24; from Nantes, take the N165. In both cases, the drive is about two hours.
SNCF has an excellent network of high-speed trains from the main cities and from Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris). From Paris by rail, the average journey time is 3 hours, 45 minutes.