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Port De St Goustan, Auray

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The French port of Saint-Goustan is a former fishing port and trading centre situated beside the river Auray (or river Loc'h.) In modern times it has become one of the quarters of the commune of Auray in the department of Morbihan in Brittany.HistoryIn the early 17th century, the town of Auray decided to build a port on the left bank of the Loc'h. Quays and ramps were constructed to allow for the unloading of trade ships where previously vessels had used cruder pontoon structures to dock at the side of the river.An examination of port taxation in 1537 illustrates the commercial activity in Saint-Goustan. The city imports wine, salt, leather, iron and Biscay steel. Conversely, wheat, rye, oats, butter, meat, fish, cloth and fabric are exported. The Auray region was a surplus producer of grain at that time.The development of the larger Auray port in 1641 was completed with the construction of a wharf and two ramps between the old pier which had been built in 1615. This work included the place Saint-Sauveur and continued south to the construction of the current Franklin dock. The stone moorings were placed in 1692.The creation of the Lorient port (1665–1670) and the lack of major roads connecting Saint-Goustan to the hinterland were the cause of a decline in activity in the port. This further decreased with the arrival of the railway and the creation, in 1865, of a new road to Auray which isolated the port and further reduced its trade. The only activity on the Franklin wharf in the early 20th century was the transport of wooden beams for coal mines in Wales.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Small port alive and full of charm. Very friendly place for a stroll: the view is beautiful!
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  • August 17, 2017
    Some very nice places to sit and watch the world go by. The harbour on the river, framed by the bridge is rather lovely and walking the cobbled medieval streets is like strolling back in time. The rou...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Go there you go back... personal j love this small port attached to the city D Auray. Possibility of parking upstairs parking.
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  • August 27, 2017
    Very nice port and well animated. Very nice for an evening with family or friends. The restaurants have menu fish and beautiful card.
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  • August 9, 2017
    A must see. You will fall in love with this place full of charm and history. Also, your palate will be charmed with the presence of many restaurants. Enter in the workshops of artisans and lose yourself in these small streets with these sublime houses. You can continue your visit to the town of Auray by a paved alley very steep. The rise will be embellished with so many galleries of artists and shops of exception you will have time to catch your breath. To see the bridge of the river Auray and the street of the castle with views of the city.
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  • August 24, 2017
    Nice place where we always come back with great pleasure
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  • July 24, 2017
    A port just beautiful... all the Thursday of the summer animation for small and large... the p' small restaurants are fine, but to find a table it's a bit complicated... see and (re) see...
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  • July 10, 2017
    Very good value for money, a 18€ 5 menu offered on Sundays unlike its neighbors, the map more than reasonable price. And a service to match food simple but cooking and seasoning perfectly mastered. An address to make known with in more the exceptional setting of St Goustan.
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