On the north coast, also known as the rose granite coast for the beautiful pink glow at sunset St Malo, Cancale, St Brieuc, Dinard and Ploumanac'h are all spectacular. On the south coast, enjoying the warm micro-climate of the Bay of Biscay are many unspoilt, soft sandy beaches around the bay of Morbihan, such as Sarzeau, Carnac and the beautiful Quiberon peninsula. Take a short boat trip to one of the tiny islands for a truly French nautical experience. Moules et frites anyone? Find out more here.
Brittany has a wealth of stunning cháteaux, many with beautiful gardens which are open to the public. Le Chateau de Josselin, which is only about 25 minutes away, has tours in English as well as French and Spanish, and Chateau de Kerlevenan and Suscinio at Sarzeau are right near the beach. La Hunaudaye, Kerguéhennec, Fougéres are all well worth a visit to appreciate the culture and history of this ancient corner of France. Find out more here.
There are many pre-historical sites which attest to a time long gone, when Brittany was known as Amoric. Neolithic sites are scattered everywhere, none more famous than the thousands of standing stones at Carnac. At St Just you will find menhirs and at the Bay of Morlaix in Finistére is the largest pre-historic museum in Europe. Its ancient burial chambers are a must-see! Find out more here.
The great outdoors on your doorstep.
The Nantes-Brest canal is just a 5 minute walk away. The canal was built in Napoleonic times to move goods, including arms and solidiers across Brittany. Nowadays it is primarily for leisure. The canal winds through some very pretty villages and is ideal for strolling or cyclying. You may even see otters. During summertime you will see barges glide by and pass through the locks. The Abbaye du Timadeuc, a Cistercian monastery open to the public, is just a few minutes walk over the canal. Find out more here.
Les plus beaux villages et cités de charactre
If you enjoy strolling around picturesque villages and lunching in one of the many typical village restaurants offering great value fixed prix menus, Brittany will have you spolit for choice. Josselin, Rochefort en Terre, Malestroit, La Gacilly, Locronan, Bechérel to name but a few, pretty villages all within easy driving distance. The larger cities of Rennes, Vannes and Quimper are all worth a visit for their fascinating mixture of culture, architecture and grand cathedrals. Find out more here.
Churches and religious buildings
France is a largely Catholic country and you will find many religious shrines along the roadside. Most of its beautiful churches and Abbayes are open to the public. The nearest Abbaye du Timadeuc is just a 5 minute drive away. Find out more here.
Brittany is the place to go if you want to get out and about and enjoy the beautiful countryside, lovely lakes and stunning coastline. Lac au Duc, 25 minues away, is a lovely inland lake with its own beach, watersports and golf course. Perfect for an activity packed day of cycling, watersports or a gentle stroll around the lake and a picnic lunch. A fishing license can be otained for fishing in the nearby river Oust - a five minute walk away from the gites. Find out more here.
Things to do with children and families
The Breton people are very family friendly and the activities are too numerous to mention. Brittany has plenty to keep the little ones busy from the great outdoors of the countryside, lakes and beaches to indoor activities for when the weather is inclement. You will find indoor bowling, laser games, go-karting and swimming baths, with slides, at nearby Pontivy. Perfect for rainy days or a day out of the sun. Find out more here.