Saint-Malo
Saint-Malo. Photo: Gillian Thornton

Our choice of must-see towns, natural wonders and other places of interest.

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SAINT-MALO

Home of 17th-century privateers, the ‘Intra Muros’ district was fully rebuilt after the Second World War; the Musée de la Ville tells the tale. Walk the ramparts and visit the two nearby islands, one with a Vauban fort, the other the tomb of Chateaubriand.
www.saint-malo-tourisme.co.uk

Dinan
Dinan. Credit: CRTB

DINAN

‘Art and History Town’ with 3km of ramparts, many half-timbered houses, and a picturesque quay beside the Rance with restaurants and craft shops. Panoramic views from the 40m Tour de l’Horloge. The town’s museum is in a 13th-century castle.
www.dinan-capfrehel.com

Pink granite coast
The Pink Granite Coast

THE PINK GRANITE COAST

Evocative pink granite rock shapes line more than 30km of the north coast from Bréhat to Tréburden. You’ll also be spoilt for fine sandy beaches, quiet coves and offshore islands including the Sept-Îles National Nature reserve off Perros-Guirec.
www.bretagne-cotedegranitrose.com

Ile de Brehat
Ile de Brehat

ÎLE-DE-BRÉHAT

Off the coast at Paimpol are two of Brittany’s loveliest islands, joined by a bridge at low tide. Full of stone cottages, sheltered coves and flower-filled gardens, they’re car-free and accessible by a 10-minute boat journey from Pointe de l’Arcouest.
www.brehat-infos.fr

.Quimper BOURCIER-Simon
Quimper

QUIMPER

The cultural heart of Brittany has an annual festival of Breton culture, Le Festival de Cornouaille. Check out the history museum in the former bishops’ palace; the Gothic cathedral; and the fine arts museum with works by Breton artists and Pont-Aven School.
www.quimper.bzh

Broceliande forest
Broceliande forest. Credit: CRTB

BROCÉLIANDE FOREST

Paimpont Forest, west of Rennes, is the mythical location for Brocéliande Forest, made famous in Arthurian legend and allegedly still haunted by Morgan le Fay. Book a guided tour of the key sites, or enjoy the lakes, trees, and cycle paths at your own speed.
www.tourisme-broceliande.bzh

Golfe de Morbihan
Golfe de Morbihan

GULF OF MORBIHAN

‘Morbihan’ in Breton means ‘little sea’, and here 40km² of water is studded with small islands between Vannes and the old harbour at Auray. Explore the Île-aux-Moines; the bird reserve of Séné Marshes; and the Rhuys Peninsula and salt marshes.
www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk

Carnac PORIEL-Thibault
Carnac

CARNAC

Three fields boast 3,000 aligned megaliths dating from 4000BC; discover their history at La Maison des Megalithes. Ten minutes’ walk away at Carnac-Ville is the Museum of Prehistory. And Carnac-Plage has 2km of sandy beaches!
www.carnactourism.co.uk

 Rennes Parliament building
Rennes

RENNES

Administrative capital and home to the Breton Parliament building, Rennes is renowned for its medieval half-timbered houses and elegant town houses; marvel at the 19thcentury Odorico mosaics, Saint-Pierre Cathedral and the Thabor gardens.
www.tourisme-rennes.com

Brest
Brest

BREST

This westerly naval port in a natural harbour has panoramic views from Plateau des Capucins and from France’s first urban cable car. Visit the castle, maritime museum and Oceanopolis sea life centre with themed exhibitions on ecosystems. www.toutcommeneceenfinistere.com

Le Chaos, Huelgoat
Le Chaos, Huelgoat

LES MONTS D’ARRÉE AND HUELGOAT

Brittany’s largest area of heathland at the heart of the Armorica Regional Natural Park boasts heathland, peat bogs and rocky outcrops. Myths and legends include mischievous korrigans and boulder-tossing giant Gargantua.
www.toutcommenceenfinistere.com

Pointe du Raz
Grand Site de France in Brittany. © CRTB

LES GRANDS SITES DE FRANCE

Brittany boasts three of the 17 Grand Sites de France: Pointe du Raz at Cap Sizun in the west; the Gâvres coastal dunes at Quiberon in the south; and most recent in 2019, Cap d’Erquy-Cap Fréhel on the north coast.
www.grandsitedefrance.com

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8 COMMENTS

  1. If you have never been to Carnac you must go if possible. The magnitude of the enormous stones, stones after stones, will help you complete the understanding of wonders of the world. It will be a place to add to your visit list along with Stonehenge, Machu Pichu and the Great Pyramides of Egypt. Carnac is not to be missed.

  2. When getting off the train from Paris at QUIMPER do take the bus just by the train station for BENODET or take the boat down the romantic river Odet from Quimper to BENODET where river meets the sea. You will be charmed by this paradise of a summer resort for generations of French families – including the de Gaulle family during the 30s – still not discovered by foreign tourists. Lovely hotels restaurants plenty of boat excursions such as the protected Glenan archipelago for swimming and lunching on its famous lobsters.

  3. Great tip, Kerstin. Thanks for sharing. I was lucky enough to be staying in Benodet on July 14th some years ago and the firework displays and outdoor party atmosphere was unforgettable.

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