If you really want to know a city, you need to go under its skin – and one of the ways to do that is to feel it. Here are our top 5 sensory experiences in Rennes, France!
Just two hours from Paris by TGV and less than an hour's drive from the coast, Rennes boasts a 2,000-year-old history and a lively cultural scene thanks to its 60,000 students.
It's renowned for its Transmusicales music festival and Marché des Lices, France's second largest food market attracting over 300 farmers and producers.
Take a wander around the medieval streets of the picture-perfect old town and admire the impressive parliament building before relaxing in the Thabor gardens.
Rennes has a contemporary side too: Les Champs Libres houses the Museum of Brittany, Science Museum and Planetarium, while Brittany's Regional Contemporary Art Fund (FRAC) thrives in an imposing structure of stainless steel and glass.
Here are our 5 must-try sensory experiences in Rennes, France!
•See the 17th-century Breton Parliament building, designed by Salomon de Brosse. It's one of the strongest symbols of Breton history and one of the few places in France today where justice and tourism coexist.
•Hear birdsong and fountains in the Parc du Thabor, a magnificent landscaped park stretching over 10 hectares in the center of the city, designed in the second half of the 19th century by renowned architect Denis Bühler.
•Smell local produce in the Place des Lices. Saturday mornings are sacred for keen market-goers: this is France's second largest food market, stuffed with seafood and saucisson.
•Taste crêpes and galettes. Do you know the difference between these two Breton pancakes? Galettes are thicker and darker with a nutty flavor, made with buckwheat flour.
•Touch the remains of the 15th-century Porte Mordelaise, once the main gateway into the city. All future dukes were required to take an oath before it, explaining its nickname of the 'Royal Door' or 'Ducal Gate'.
Further information: RennesTourist Office 11, rue Saint-Yves 35064 Rennes Tel. +33 (0)2 99 67 11 11 [http://www.tourisme-rennes.com/en*](http://www.tourisme-rennes.com/en)*