Antedate Stonehenge by around decade, the Carnac area put forward the world’s greatest concentration of megalithic position. There are more than three thousand of these standing stones, erected in the middle of 5000 and 3500 BC.
1 km north of Carnac Ville a vast arrangement of monoliths is set up in quite a lot of different alignments, all able to be seen from the road, however it is fenced for controlled admission. The best way to be pleased about the stones’ absolute counts is to walk or bike among the Ménec and Kerlescan groups, with menhirs roughly continuously in sight. During June and September even buses a day run between these 2 sites, over and above Carnac-Ville and Carnac-Plage.
Close to the stones, the House of the megaliths discovers the history of the place and presents guided visits. Due to rigorous corrosion the spots are fenced off to allow the plant life to regenerate, and certain regions are accessible only by guided visit. On the other hand, from October to March you can walk liberally through parts – the Maison des Mégalithes has maps of what is presently open.
Opposite the House of the megaliths, the major menhir field with 1099 stones is the Alignements du Ménec, One km north of Carnac Ville. Beginning here, the D196 heads northeast for around 1.5 km to the evenly impressive Alignements de Kermario. Mount the stone observation tower halfway along the location to see the alignment from top.
The Tumulus Kercado is situated just east of Kermario and 500m to the south of the D196. It is the enormous burial mound of a Neolithic tribal chief dating from 3800 BC. Deposit your fee in an honor box at the entrance gate. About 300m east of the Kercado turn all along the D196, lies the parking spot for the Giant Manio. A fifteen minute walk carries you to it, the uppermost menhir in the complex.
The eastern most of the key groups is the Alignements de Kerlescan , a minor grouping also easily reached in winter.
Tumulus St-Michel, 400 m north-east of the Carnac Ville visitor office, and accessed off the D781 at the last part of rue du Tumulus, is a enormous burial heap with a church on top. It dates back to at least 5000 BC and offers extensive views.