- The accessibility
Brittany is easily accessible from southern England and Brittany Ferries offer a range of daily sailings from the ports of Portsmouth and Plymouth to Roscoff and St Malo in northern Brittany. This means your driving time will be considerably reduced which is perfect if you are travelling with young children and don’t want to spend a long time in the car. Travelling by ferry is also great for travelling with children as there are no luggage restrictions!
The coastline of northern Brittany is simply stunning and the beautiful “Cote d’Emeraude” is a walker’s paradise. There are many walking routes to choose from including the famous GR34 path starting in Vitre in Ille et Vilaine and ending at the Tour-du-Parc in Morbihan. The GR34 runs for over 1,800km along the Brittany coastline offering fantastic scenery and breath-taking views of the sea.
- The beaches
If you are looking for a beach holiday then look no further than Brittany. In the north, Dinard has been a favourite with UK visitors since the 19th century thanks to its famous blue and white canvas sunshields nestled along the beach, and in the south, Benodet is a firm favourite thanks to its expanse of golden sand, perfect for building sandcastles or swimming in the sea.
Brittany is famous for its butter and no trip here would be complete without sampling a tasty Kouign-amann, a delicious pastry made of butter, flour, and sugar. Crepes and savoury galettes also originated here and are perfect washed down with a glass of Breton cider. Seafood lovers are also well catered for here with the town of Cancale in the north being renowned as the oyster capital of Brittany.
Brittany has a wealth of history and the famous standing stones in the town of Carnac are thought to be the largest collection of megalithic rocks in the world. There are more than 3,000 prehistoric standing stones here that were cut from local rock and erected by the pre-Celtic people of Brittany in around 4000 BC.
- Festivals and heritage
The people of Brittany, known as Bretons, are very proud of their heritage with most towns holding a range of festivals throughout the year to celebrate this. One of the oldest and best known festivals is the Festival de Cornouaille celebrating the richness and diversity of Breton Culture. The event has taken place annually in Quimper since 1923 and is not to be missed.
Thalassotherapy is the use of seawater as form of therapy and is believed to have been developed in Brittany during the 19th century and includes hydrotherapy, algotherapy and physiotherapy. There are a range of thalassotherapy centres in Brittany, one of the best being the Valdys spa in Roscoff. It’s been reported that a thalassotherapy break in Brittany will transform you, body and soul, inside and out!
- Natural parks
There are 3 national parks in Brittany, the best known being the Armorique Regional Natural Park in Finistere. Here you can descend into the magical realm of fairytales, myths and Arthurian legend and visit the Grotte d’Artus, Arthur’s cave where Arther is supposed to have hidden treasure. More active visitors can also hike over the hills of Mont d’Aree that are even older than the French Alps!
- Brocante and antique markets
The brocante and antique markets in Brittany are the perfect place to pick up a bargain and offer some great opportunities to purchase a piece of gorgeous Breton furniture. One of the best local brocantes is the “Foire a la Brocante” on the first Sunday of the month in Dinard, or you can pay a visit to the famous reclamation yard in Rennes to pick up some fabulous French style pieces including Breton sleigh beds and wardrobe.
- The fabulous selection of Holiday Rentals!
Holiday France Direct has over 800 properties in Brittany available to rent for your next holiday in France, ranging from cosy cottages in the Breton countryside to gorgeous villas in stylish seaside towns. And, when you book with Holiday France Direct you get an amazing 20% off Brittany Ferries’ car and passenger fares with daily sailings to the ports of Roscoff and St Malo in Northern Brittany.