During my quick trip to Brest, I squeezed in a visit to the Carnac alignments – France’s equivalent to Stone Henge. Pictured is just one of the alignments, where rows of stones have been lined up from tallest to shortest. Three separate stone alignments go on for kilometres, all very close to each other, and with one alignment broken by a road which seems to have been built through it. Sheep still graze among the stones just as historians believe they did when the Neolithic villagers created the alignments. Along the way, you can see burial chambers, which have long been empty, but still interesting to see.
And now, I bring you three top tips/interesting facts about Carnac:
- If you go to the Carnac stone alignments, make sure you pop into the visitor centre first: there are info sheets in a variety of languages, guided tours, and walls filled with interesting information in French and English which will make your visit more than just looking at stones.
- Carnac one of those places where it’s more beneficial to go out of season: the gates are locked in summer, but in winter, visitors can wander among the stones and explore them up close.
- La Clusaz is twinned with the city of Carnac: there’s a sign on the way into La Clusaz that says so, so it must be true.
Now, back to the comparison to Stone Henge. It may not be round, but it’s probably a bit older, it’s much bigger, and it’s free. That’s a win!