BrittanyAn invigorating destination
Push open the doors to Brittany and breathe in a destination to stimulate the senses. From the Armor coast to the forests of Argoat, you have open spaces, delightful fishing villages, jagged coastlines and magnificent rocks.
Our TOP tips for Brittany
Situated at the very edge of France, Brittany is known as the "pointe de l'Europe" (Tip of Europe). Discover a fascinating, fertile land with our selection of the most beautiful coastlines and islands and the most delicious gourmet specialities…
Finistère, extreme getaway
Welcome to a land of extremes, Brittany's "finis terræ" (latin for the "end of the earth")! Historian Jules Michelet described the coasts of Finistère as the furthest reaches, the tip, the prow of the Old World". Reefs, islands, mists, shallows, rugged cliffs…
Saint-Malo and its surrounding area
Saint-Malo is a proud city, as steadfast as the ramparts that stand strong against the sea and her enemies. The birthplace of two great privateers - Duguay-Trouin and Surcouf, the city is not unlike a great stone ship looking out to sea. Its romantic allure could have come straight out of a tale by the novelist François de Chateaubriand.
Mont Saint Michel
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, Mont Saint Michel is without a doubt the jewel in Normandy's crown. Between Cancale and Granville, there is something of a pious medieval ambiance on this rock which takes a daily battering from the sea winds, mist and high tides.
Nantes, a port opening onto the Atlantic, a city steeped in history. Today the city of Nantes combines tourism and culture, vestiges of the past and new creations.
Rennes and its different quarters
When the Breton Kingdom was formed in the 9th century, Rennes fought Nantes for the right to be its capital, securing this role with the creation of the Parliament in 1554. This rebellious spirit, which can be traced back to the 18th century Enlightenment, is today pursued by some 60,000 students who take an active part in the cultural life of the city.
The pink granite coast
Christened the "pink granite coast", Brittany's coastline from the Perros-Guirec bay to the Léguer estuary owes its name to the unusual orange-pink colour of its rocks. The light caresses the granite and stirs the turquoise seas on this part of the Tregor coast, fuelling the inspiration of many a painter.
Around the seaside resorts
Just a few miles from Nantes, where the Atlantic coast curves around, is the charmingly named Côte d'Amour [literally the coast of love]. The vast beaches and chic seaside resorts of Pornichet and La Baule quickly lead on to a wilder coastline with a string of family resorts, lively little ports and unusual wind-battered rocks.