Wherever you wander in Brittany, France - along jagged coastal cliffs, through cobbled seaport streets, into time-burnished cider pubs- you'll hear the primal pulse of Celtic music.
Made up of bagpipes, drums, and the thin, haunting filigree of a tin whistle, these folkloric tunes tell you that you are in the land of the Bretons, where Celtic bloodlines run as deep as a druid's roots into the rocky, sea-swept soil.
Situated on the plush northwest coast of France, the Celtic Nation of Brittany should be on everyone’s bucket list. Here are our reasons to visit le bon vrai Bretagne.
Top Reasons to Visit Brittany
2800 km of Beautiful Coastline
From its rugged pink granite shapes and high cliffs of the north to the estuaries and islands of the south, the hardest decision to make is where to stay. Families will appreciate the numerous fine sandy beaches just as much as some of the key holiday seaside resorts.
Brittany is one of the best places in the world to enjoy seafood. Try the famous “plateau de fruits de mer”, seafood platter or a bowl of moules marinières with fries. Even better, prepare it yourself for free. Simply join the locals at low tide for some seafood picking, a Breton tradition.
2900 Protected Monuments
As the 2nd largest historical heritage region after Paris, Brittany has a wealth of historical interests. Trail through its fortified towns like Saint-Malo, its stunning Vauban’s citadel on Belle-Île, its best preserved medieval castle of Fougères or in its historic capital, Nantes, just a few of the many tourist attractions awaiting your visit.
From Celtic dance to bagpipes and bombard music competitions, or even religious processions in full traditional costumes, Brittany is renowned for its festivals. Immerse yourself in the heart of the Breton culture and join in. Plenty to choose from during July and August across the region. These are a “must do” in every holiday activity list.
Hiking and Cycling
Go hiking on the stunning Pink Granite coast, on the Monts d’Arrée moors or in the legendary Brocéliande forest. Cycle through the apple orchards of the countryside or follow the scenic coastal path on the Côte Sauvage in the south, just to name a few…
Jewels in the Crown
It's quite challenging to single out outstanding sites but you should not miss the UNESCO listed Mont Saint-Michel, close to the Brittany border, Guérande’s Salt marshes, the world renowned megaliths of Carnac, the stunning village of Rochefort-en-terre, a boat trip to the island of Belle-Île, and many more…
Food markets are key weekly events in every town where stalls are full of local produced vegetables, fruits, meat, local caught fish and seafood. Full of atmosphere, the colorful displays will draw you in. They are the best places to do your weekly shopping and taste some local specialties.
The Islands and Birds Sanctuaries
With a staggering number of 800 islands and islets, Bretagne is home to many seabirds species, best appreciated especially around the Sept-Iles. If you are after off the beaten track places, catch a boat and explore some of the finest islands like Bréhat, Sein, Batz, Belle-Île and Ile aux Moines in the Morbihan Gulf.
Brittany has an exceptional coastline with many beaches, fishing villages and islands, a remarkable historical heritage to be seen in the towns and villages and some of the finest prehistoric landmarks in the world - just a few of the reasons why so many people visit Brittany year after year.
Brittany is situated in north-west France with the English channel to the north, the Bay of Biscay to the south, and Rennes as region capital.
With 2000 kilometers of coast, numerous islands and beaches, ports and historical towns there is a great deal to discover - much more than you can expect to visit in a fortnight.