Saint-Cado Islet, a Magical Setting on the Etel River, Brittany France

Saint-Cado islet in Morbihan lies a few kilometres from Lorient. In the heart of the Etel river, linked to the land by way of a famous stone bridge, the village is a hidden treasure of Brittany. It only can take about 15 minutes to wander close to the Saint-Cado islet. The landscape has its magical environment, which has attracted us so significantly during our autumn vacation to Brittany.

The stone bridge

The secret of the little islet began from its legend. Legendary, it is said Saint Cado wanted a bridge to connect the inlet separated from the land by the Etel river but lacked the means. After negotiation amongst Saint Cado and the devil, the devil agreed to make a bridge in trade for the soul of the just one who would cross the bridge for the very first time. But, the very first passer-by was a cat!

Strolling from the quay, the stone bridge seems to be massive when compared to the inlet. From the stone bridge, you can see most residences of the Saint-Cado inlet. The wetland location at the two sides of the bridge draws in lots of birds.

Little cottage with blue shutters (Nichtarguer)

Right before coming into the Saint-Cado, you will not overlook that little property with blue shutters. The previous oyster farmer’s cottage on the rocky islet is picture great and on quite a few postcards. There utilised to have a lot of oysters previous along the Étel river considering that the 1890s. But now, only less than 100 farmers are however developing all around 3000 tonnes of oysters per yr.  

Heritage of Saint-Cado islet

The romantic stroll on the islet begins in the centre of the islet, where readers can admire some genuine fisherman’s stone properties and spiritual monuments.

Romanesque chapel

The very small island has a Romanesque chapel from the twelfth century. The chapel has a western portal of the sixteenth century, a nave, aisles, and a choir of the Romanesque period. A lot of houses on the islet are about this minor Romanesque chapel.

Calvary of Saint Cado

Calvary adorned with sculptures stands on a significant porch accessed by stairs bordered by lower partitions. The platform is confined by 4 sq. piles with projecting cornices topped with balls. The base of the cross is in the form of a curved altar. 


The fountain beneath the chapel is obtainable by the stone path. It is guarded from the sea by a thick wall. The square-shaped basin is underneath a semicircular arch fashioned in the heart of a paired massif. On leading of the arch, the developing is surmounted by a additional current sculpted cross, depicting a crucifixion. 

Walking route all over the islet

We took the route under the chapel and walked all over the island. The walkway features a wonderful viewpoint on to the Etel River between oyster farms, forests, and modest coves where by colourful boats sail. It was worth investing time to appreciate the preserved normal landscapes and authenticity. The maximum issue of the islet would be two meters tall at substantial tide. I could think about a spectacular sunset view with the very last golden rays trimming the sea. Les Algues Marines at the quay provides common community meals and is the fantastic spot to love sunset views.

Vacation recommendations for Saint-Cado Islet

Where by to stay

Saint-Cado is a ideal foundation to take a look at Lorient, Vannes, and Quiberon. There is only one particular accommodation on the little islet. On the land facet, there are a couple resorts and a single camping put. The next a few resorts are all near to the stone bridge:

How to get there

The ideal way to get there is by auto. Just take the N165(E60), then D16 to Belz. From Belz, you push on the neighborhood streets toward the Saint-Cado islet. There is a parking spot just following to the waterfront. Website visitors can stroll to the stone bridge by means of the waterfront from the parking place. 

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