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.Arrange to visit Port De St Goustan and other attractions in Auray using our Auray vacation trip planner.
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Port De St Goustan Reviews
xavierc81August 17, 2017
Petit port vivant et plein de charme. Endroit très sympathique pour une petite promenade: la vue est magnifique! more »Small port alive and full of charm. Very friendly place for a stroll: the view is beautiful!
JamesWarrington1August 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 »
EddiefRANCEAugust 17, 2017
Allez y vous y retournez.....perso j adore ce petit port rattaché à la ville D Auray. Possibilité de se garer en haut parking gratuit. more »Go there you go back... personal j love this small port attached to the city D Auray. Possibility of parking upstairs parking.
Vincent CARRIERESAugust 27, 2017Very nice port and well animated. Very nice for an evening with family or friends. The restaurants have menu fish and beautiful card.
Francis AAugust 9, 2017A 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.
Catherine FRESNEAUAugust 24, 2017Nice place where we always come back with great pleasure
Aurelie AourdacheJuly 24, 2017A 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...
Fanch de la petite trehomardiereJuly 10, 2017Very 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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