Welcome to Brittany
Let us introduce to you one of the thirteen regions that make up France, but also one of the most beautiful ones and with changing landscapes where you will be able to enjoy the tranquillity during some days, finding an accommodation that suits you.
We propose you to explore this area so linked to the Atlantic and located next to the English Channel. In turn, Brittany is made up of four charming departments: Finisterre, Costas de Armor, Morbihan and Ille et Vilaine. To visit any of them is to enjoy the culture and a perfect tourist experience.
In short, a region where you can do everything, whatever trip you want to make. Visit its channels on board a ship as a romantic plan, visit the almost 3,000 kilometres of coast with beaches full of charm as a plan with friends, and discover the secrets that the Forest of Brocéliande keeps.
Heritage in the centre departments and relaxation on the beaches of the coastal departments is a good mix for a holiday, don't you think?
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What to see
Enjoying Brittany means enjoying an ocean of possibilities. Specifically, the Atlantic Ocean with which this region is connected. Enjoy the spectacle of seeing the famous high tides that occur in the city of Saint-Malo.
And also next to the sea there are impressive places like the Pink Granite Coast, which leaves a picture in Lannion that is stained pink on its rocks. This phenomenon makes it one of the attractions for tourists. Other beaches that are a must visit are those of Erquy-Fréhel, those of Abers, with its impressive lighthouse, or Finisterre which you can visit as part of a charming route.
Of course, there is heritage that will wrap you up in its history, as is the case of the Fougères Castle, one of the largest in Europe, or the Château de Combourg, whose visit will give you a mysterious and bewitching feeling. Do you dare to visit it?
Finally, and although you still have many things to discover, enjoy the gastronomy in its villages, where you will find the most traditional and delicious dishes.
What to eat
We have talked about the importance of the ocean in this region and, in fact, its importance reaches all areas of its culture, including gastronomy.
If we look at the food taken precisely from the Atlantic, we must highlight the Cancale oysters, a real delicacy on any occasion, which, together with the scallops, make this product a must of all the menus from this area.
If you like your food a little more consistent, Breton sausages are quite well known, eaten either on their own or with crêpes. To this product you must add, to have an original menu, the Pont-Aven crêpes, or the famous Breton far cake. As for the drinks, a good cider will refresh you.
And as a snack for any time of the day, keep a few salted fudge sweets in your pocket – a peculiar delight for those with a gourmet sweet tooth!
There are lots of things to do in this region! If you like the water but prefer to avoid the typical crowds that dominate the more coastal areas, your perfect plan is a boat trip along the canals in many cities.
If, on the other hand, you want to enjoy the sand under your feet, the cliffs and the beaches, we suggest a trip to Camaret-sur-Mer and the Crozon peninsula. Imagine lying on the sand and seeing in front of you the Abers lighthouse, known as the birthplace of many legends.
If you are planning a visit with the little ones of the family, the festivity celebrated in Morbihan, by the ocean, in a regatta where you will travel to the time of the pirates or enjoy the curious pink picture left by the granite stones in Lannion will impress you.
For art lovers, Pont-Aven is the key destination, as here you will find the school of painters where masters of painting like Gauguin used to teach.
As in almost any place in France, the festivities are a reason to celebrate and exhibit the typical customs and tradition of the area, its music, its dances, its costumes, and its gastronomy.
One of the best-known ones in Brittany is the Cornwall Festival, in the city of Quimper, in the heart of a meeting of cultures where the traditional music and dances enjoyed by its inhabitants stand out especially. It is held in July and during for nine days and finishes with the coronation of the Queen of the Festival in this celebration with more than 80 years old.
Others, such as the Filets Bleus Festival, aim to promote traditional culture, where for a few days the most frequent sound heard is the dialect of the Concarneau area, or the Vieilles Charrues, a festival which has become, in a very short span of time, one of the most important music festivals in Europe.
Finally, visit Finisterre between July and August and you will find the Bout du Monde, which showcases the music of the area, and where you can enjoy markets and stalls in the streets that make this town become full of life.