Carnac Stones, Brittany, France

When our friends from the US were visiting in May, we took a road trip to the Loire Valley and then to see the Carnac Stones in Brittany. The stones are quite an amazing site to see. They are spread over several kilometers and are often referred to as France’s Stonehenge. Numbering over 3,000 in total, the stones consist of alignments, dolmens (tombs), tumuli (mounds), and menhirs (single stones).

These granite stones date back to sometime between 4500 – 3300 BC, making them older than Stonehenge. It is not known why the stones were placed as they are, but as you can imagine, there are many theories including, religious, ceremonial, and astronomical. My favorite is one that believes the stones were once an invading Roman army, and the wizard Merlin turned them into stones.

We even saw some in a traffic circle in Carnac.

It’s not uncommon to see sheep grazing among them. It’s hard to tell the difference between the sheep and the stones!

There are paths that lead through the area that allow you to see the stones up close. One such path will take you to the Tumulus of Saint-Michel which dates back to possibly as early as 5000 BC.

When you first approach the tumulus, you’ll see some very steep stairs leading up to the top along with a warning sign. On the other side of the tumulus, there’s a gentle path that leads to the top, but of course, always the rebel, theTravelsketcher took the stairs.

The view at the top of Carnac and beyond is vast and beautiful.

The objects found at the tomb (pottery, jewelry, etc.) can be seen at the Musée de Préhistorie in Carnac.

You’ll work up an appetite with all that hiking and climbing, so head to Le Patio in Carnac for a delicious meal.

Or to Le Britannia in La Trinité-sur-Mer for excellent seafood.

The stones became a French Historic Monument in 1889. Before then, they were often moved by farmers or used as ovens or shelters for animals.

Both Carnac and La Trinité-sur-Mer are pretty towns with lots of shops, restaurants, and activities.


La Trinité-sur-Mer

We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Carnac and seeing the stones. I highly recommend a visit to the area if you find yourself in France.

As always, please leave a message, I would love to hear from you.

Wishing you grand adventures,


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  1. That’s quite an intriguing story about the stones – makes one wonders 🤔.
    Yes, I almost thought the sheep were stones – good camouflage! Oh, and I like your colourful plates – your food looks really delicious!

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  2. I had no idea that these stones also existed in France; I’d assumed they were exclusive to the UK! Never heard of them despite visiting Bretagne, but very fascinating and worth seeing. Glad you’re enjoying your time in the region!

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  3. Such beautiful photos–and so very interesting about the stones! My favorite photo in this posting is the one fo the path beneath the trees. Who knows where it may lead..? (Well, okay, you told us) I think it’s wonderful that you and Terry are both willing to look down and take the various paths that you come across. I think that picture encapsulates your whole grand adventure.

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  4. Your images capture the stones perfectly. What a grand adventure that was, and so unplanned. Thank you Tim! Thank you ancient pre-Roman Frenchmen!

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  5. Thanks for posting this item. It took me back 30 years when I visited this absolutely MAGICAL place with my young family, travelling through France in our camper van. I started a novel recently about the building of Chartres Cathedral, which story starts with Druids coming from the Carnac Stones region and entering the Great and Holy Open Place in the dark forest of the Carnuts. Both regions having this millenia old history. Your post points out the sinificance of Carnac very well. Thanks again. 🙏

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