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Local Area Information

Brittany is without doubt synonymous with tourists for it’s beaches reaching from the beautiful beaches of Dinard to very small humble beaches dotted along some 2700kms of coastline. However, there is much more to this wonderful region of France. For many centuries Brittany was an independent duchy with closer ties to Great Britain. Evidence of this can be seen in the strong Celtic traditions, which are still strong today and celebrated with Celtic music dance and cultural festivals.

Brittany is graced with medieval walled towns (citadels) which proudly dominate towns in the north such as St. Malo, Dinan, Vitre and in the south of Brittany, Vannes.  

In western Brittany one finds themselves in the midst of ancient forests steeped in legend, such as Huelgoat, home of the enchanted forest, the forest of Paimpont, or visit the mythical Broceliande, the forest of King Arthur, where one can visit the fairytale castle otherwise know as the Chateau de Comper (Sir Lancelot's Castle), or the mysterious fountain of eternal youth.

Brittany has it all! Spectacular coastlines and beaches, and for the nature lovers superb forests and walking trails.

Where to go

Dinan, Côte d’Armor - Dinan is a fantastic example of one of the most perfectly preserved medieval towns in Brittany. Old world charm is everywhere. There are numerous picturesque 15th and 16th century half-timbered houses with their pointed gables and wooden porches lining the cobbled streets, while a 14th century castle and ramparts that completely encircle the town state clearly that this was once a major military stronghold. A museum situated within the castle keep offers fascinating insight into some of this local history.  Dinan boasts many tourist attractions, with an imposing gothic church – Eglise St. Malo , the Basilica St. Saveur and the Tour de ‘Horloge (clock tower). The Rue du Jerzual and Rue du Petit Fort lead down to the port of Dinan and is without a doubt one of the most beautiful streets in Dinan, lined with traditional Breton houses.

The port of Dinan offers a variety of riverside cafes, bars and restaurants. Here one can talk a walk along the river to the village of Lehon, boasting the 9th century Benedictine abbey, and a chateau built in the 11th century (now a ruin) perched on the hill overlooking the village. There is also a heated open air swimming pool. This walk from the port of Dinan will take around 10 minutes, passing by a working lock. (Dinan Tourist Office)

Dinan can only be properly explored on foot, and you shouldn't hesitate to make use of the locals' knowledge. They genuinely love their town, and take enormous delight in showing it off to visitors at every opportunity. Never is this more evident than during the July festival held here, La fete des Remparts. This is probably the largest and most spectacular medieval festival in Europe, and certainly a hugely impressive journey back through the centuries and not to be missed, being held every two years, the next being 2014.

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Dinard, Ille-et-Vilaine - Otherwise known as the pearl of the Emerald Coast, it is an elegant sea side resort retaining it’s charm from the 19th century. Popular for it’s beautiful beaches such as Ecluse, Prieure, Saint-Enogat and Port Blanc there are also breathtaking coastal walks. Dinard is a designated town of Art and History and hosts the annual Dinard British Film festival every October, a must for film buffs! There is a fine selection of restaurants and cafes and a casino. (Dinard Tourist Office)

St. Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine – Intramuros (Walled town) or the Corsair City - The fortified old town of St. Malo surrounded by ramparts was rebuilt to it’s original glory after 80% was destroyed in August 1944. Boasting a chateau and beautiful buildings a walk around the ramparts offers the best views of both the city and the coast line. There are several beautiful sandy beaches popular with locals and tourists alike (St. Malo tourist office).

The Côte Éméraude - Is a rugged part of the coast stretching west from St. Malo to Cap Frehel. Dotted along this attractive coast line are sandy beaches. To reach these beaches a car is a must. The western end of the Emerald coast perched high on the cliffs is Fort la Latte, an imposing medieval castle and a monument historique (Cote Emeraude Tourist Office).

Côte de Granite Rose. Côte d’Armor - Given it’s name due to the colour of the stone and unusually pink sand stretches for some 30 kms, stretching from Plestin-les-Greves to Louannec. The most spectacular location is that of Ploumanac’h Rocks. There are pretty sea side villages in this area which host a variety of events during the summer months. This is an interesting region to explore with it’s archeological remains, churches, chateau, manors and traditional Breton houses.

Île de Bréhat , Cote d’Armor - Is situated a mile off the northern coast of Brittany, an archipelago comprising 2 main islands and many smaller ones. Car free, it is famous for it’s pink granite rocks and mild micro-climate. The main tourist attractions are the two lighthouses, beach and chapel.

Moncontour, Côte d’Armor - Perched atop a hill 20 kms south of St. Brieuc is the picturesque town of Moncontour. The Eglise St. Mathurin dates from the 16th century with magnificent stained glass windows. The town holds a medieval festival every 2 years, the next one being summer 2015.

Mont Saint-Michel - A world heritage site and one of the “Wonders of the Western World”.  The pre-Romanesque church is said to be constructed before the year 1000, and in the 11 century the Romanesque abbey church was built followed by the monastery buildings in the 12 century, with more additions in the 13th 14th and 15th centuries.  Early morning visit is recommended to try and beat the crowds.

Dol de Bretagne, Ille-et-Vilaine - The village of Dol is strikingly beautiful with it’s medieval Breton houses and the most magnificent 13th century Gothic cathedral. The village is the home to one of Brittany’s oldest houses the Maison des Petit Palets, built during the 12th century. Don’t forget to view the 10 metre high menhir – Champ Dolent. While here don’t forget to visit Mont Dol, where excavations at the foot of the rock have revealed the bones of rhinos and mammoths.

Vitre , Ille-et-Vilaine - Listed as an Artistic and Historic heritage town of France, the town has many beautiful half-timbered 15th and 16th century buildings, and an imposing 11th – 14th century chateau which is well worth a visit.

Fougeres, Ille-et-Vilaine - Has been the home of a chateau for more than 1000 years and the current castle dates from the 12th century and has a very impressive Melusine tower. Don’t forget to walk around the ramparts for some amazing views. In the new town on the main road in the town – Rue Nationale there is a 14th century belfry, while in the old town the Place du Marchix is lined with traditional half-timbered houses.