Discover Brittany

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    Ploumanac'h Plage - Baie de Morlaix

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    Presqu'ile de Crozon

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    © Marine Nationale / Franck Bethermin

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    Pont-Aven

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A region of legends and traditions

Brittany is deeply rooted in both the land and the sea, offering breathtaking landscapes and a very varied climate. It’s a great destination to discover beaches, cliffs, moorland and medieval towns. Dip right into the heart of its history. Share its culture, its identity, its true nature. Go diving, sailing or riding. Dance to the rhythms of Breton fêtes and festivals. Take time out in a welcoming pub. And above all, make sure you relax!

The Breton coast looks like no other

Between the Côte d'Emeraude (Emerald Coast) of the Corsair City of Saint-Malo enclosed within its ramparts, and the mysterious  Pink Granite Coast, the Breton coast looks like no other. The Customs Officers’ Path, over moors and cliff tops, invites hikers to explore; in the summertime, the smell of gorse and broom blends in with the invigorating sea air.

Off the coastline, the islands of Brittany rival one another for their charm and beauty. The Ile de Groix, Ile de Bréhat, the Glénan Archipelago, the Ile d'Ouessant and Belle-Ile en Mer each boast beaches, sheltered ravines and lighthouses.

The Seven Isles constitute the largest bird sanctuary on the French Coastline. Puffins, shags and gannets live in tranquility here. Cap Fréhel also offers an ornithological ballet to observe, between the sea and the moors.

Visitors can enjoy a scenic walk along the coastal paths, passing the beautiful landscapes of the Gulf of Morbihan, including the Ile aux Moines.

This coastal area has encouraged the development of major centres of Thalassotherapy (Dinard, Saint-Malo, Port Crouesty, Quiberon….)

Between legend and heritage

At the Museum of Fine Arts in Pont-Aven, you can discover the painters who immortalized Brittany, from Maurice Denis to Paul Gauguin. Brittany has something for all generations: children will love the Grand Aquarium in Saint-Malo, the Zoo Park in Pont Scorff, or even the Océanopolis Park in Brest.

Follow in the footsteps of Merlin, Viviane the fairy and King Arthur in the Forest of Brocéliande, or let yourself be enchanted by the fairy Mélusine at the Fougères' Castle . These links between legend and heritage are also reflected in the Abbey of  Mont-Saint-Michel (just inside the region of Normandy but only 4 kilometers from Brittany), the  megaliths of Locmariaquer and in the  aligned stones of Carnac. Crucifixes, pardons, chapels… Brittany is marked by a strong religious tradition, exemplified by the Maritime Abbey of Beauport and the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre in Vannes, a fine example of medieval religious architecture.

Saint-Brieuc Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Etienne de Saint-Brieuc), the Locmania district and Quimper Cathedral (cathédrale Saint Corentin), not forgetting Concarneau, the Pays Bigouden and the Pointe du Raz.

Brittany specialties are tasty specialties

A region that is steeped in traditions and folklore, Brittany has its own culinary specialties too of course: galettes (savory buckwheat crêpes), traditionally accompanied by a bowl of cider, chouchen (a form of mead made with honey) and sumptuous platters of seafood, kig ha farz (a meat broth with buckwheat), far breton (a sweet suet pudding with prunes) and kouign-amann cake.

Brittany, a land of festivals

The homeland of the fest-noz (traditional evening dance) invites its visitors to join in with numerous celebrations. The Festival du Bout du Monde (End of the World Festival), the Festival des Vieilles Charrues (a major rock festival), the Festival de Cornouaille, the Festival des Filets Bleus (Blue Nets Festival) and the Inter-Celtic Festival of Lorient are just some of the events that fill the summer season in Brittany.

Among the many key sailing events are the Route du Rhum, the Solitaire du Figaro race or the Gulf of Morbihan Week, all celebrating the maritime spirit of Brittany. Even more, the Festival Etonnants Voyageurs (Astonishing Travelers Festival) is a unique event that celebrates the spirit of curiosity.

Brittany : the ideal destination for outdoor activities

  • Cycling

Cyclists and lovers of fresh air, rejoice! With more than 1300 km of cycle paths and greenways, all over Brittany and around the sea channel, the whole region is a bike-friendly place! From the outstanding network which criss-crosses this region between land and sea, linking ‘cités de caractère’ (towns of character) set in nature conservation areas, here are two great European routes: the Tour de Manche and Velodyssey

 

  • Walking

GR34: This is one of the most iconic pathways of the French Grande Randonnée® (GR) hiking trail network. The GR® 34 ‘sentier des douaniers’ runs for more than 1,800km along the entire Breton coastline, featuring stunning views over the sea.

The ‘sentier des douaniers’ was created back in 1791 to criss-cross the coastline and prevent the smuggling of contraband goods. The path fell into disrepair in the early 20th Century, but has enjoyed a new lease of life since 1968, with the appearance of the famous red and white trail markings close to Lannion, that act as signpost markers for the route. Nowadays the GR® 34 runs all around the Breton shoreline from the Mont-Saint-Michel to the Arzal barrage (Morbihan).

 

  • Sailing and seaside activities

Brittany is well-known for its beautiful beaches and breathtaking landscapes but there is so much more to it… There are plenty of seaside activities, from sailing to going on a sea trip to meet the bottle-nosed dolphins in the largest dolphin colony reserve in Europe! Discover our best Seaside activities!

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