The Carnac Megalithic Complex
The Carnac Megalithic Complex is a dense and extensive collection of megalithic sites situated mostly to the north of the village of Carnac. It consists of stone alignments, burial chambers, and individual standing stones. Over 3,000 stones were erected at this Neolithic site, largely around 3,300BC, with some dating back as early as 4,500BC. It is thought to be the largest collection of of standing stones in the world.
The Carnac complex can be slightly overwhelming, and it's a good idea to do some research before visiting, as there's a lot here that would be easy to miss. It also helps to have a mental image of the lay-out of the site, as this helps put things in perspective on the ground.
Access to the alignments at Carnac is now prevented by a low wire fence, due to excessive erosion caused by large numbers of tourists. However, access is still allowed out of season, but specific dates should be checked before travel.
The Alignements de Kermario
The Alignements de Kermario consists of approximately 1,029 stones, arranged in ten columns. These columns run to about 1,300 metres in length
The Alignements de Kermario sit approximately at the centre of the Carnac alignments, and are the most visually impressive section of the complex. This is where many people begin their visit, but my favoured approach would be from the Alignements de Kerlescan at the north eastern end. If, however, you wish to jump in at the deep end, the Alignements de Kermario are located next to extensive parking facilities, and benefit from the provision of a small crÍperie and souvenir shop.