Guer means “alders” in Welsh and “marsh” in Breton, no wonder when what surrounds it happens to be Brocéliande forest and the nature reserve of the moors of Monteneuf. To feel this connection with nature at its best, what better way to discover it than to ride a bike and set off on the greenway. This former railroad track linking Guipry-Messac to Ploërmel, offers a 47 kms itinerary, around which the hiking loops are articulated.
A few kilometers from Guer, stands the Priory of Saint-Etienne, discreet and surrounded by greenery it hides within it many treasures including one of the oldest chapels in Morbihan. In the 19th century, its chapel was rediscovered by intellectuals but it was not until 1957 that its beauty was fully revealed! While a CNRS researcher was fishing in the Oyon, the river that borders the priory, the rain began to fall and he found refuge in the chapel. He scraped the plaster covering the walls and discovered 15th century frescoes… Today and this, since 1971 the chapel is classified as a historical monument.
An international reputation
Guer, a quiet and restful town hides a much more unusual side than its appearance suggests. Just drive a few kilometers to find yourself in a world where the uniform is king and the cadence step an obligation. The city is home to the Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan schools which train all the officers of the French Army and many foreign officers from all continents.
Every year, the Triomphe de Saint-Cyr takes place: a colorful day giving the opportunity to all visitors to discover the schools, the Army and the other armies. This celebration marks the end of the cadets’ schooling and retraces, through spectacular life-size re-enactments, the military history of the Saint-Cyriens and the life of the schools.