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Perros Guirec, view over the white sand beach St Malo, the dock, moored sailing boat Oceanopolis Aquarium
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Which path will you take to explore Brittany? Will you follow the missing sailors along the wild and beautiful coast of Armor that can be terrifying in high winds? Or would you rather hike down the paths of the Argoat natural parks in the more confidential inland part of Brittany, with its Celtic myths and legendary Brocéliande Forest? Whether you opt for the coast road or the banks of the Canal de Nantes à Brest emptying into the Iroise Sea, you will never be far from the ocean blue.
This magical and bewitching ‘‘soulful land’’, as Julien Gracq called it, still contains the spiritual legacy of its Celtic and Christian cultures, from its megaliths in the Morbihan to its parish enclosures in Basse-Bretagne. Romantics can relive the tormented pages of Chateaubriand’s books, inspired by the granite cliffs surrounded by reefs in Crozon and the Pointe du Raz.
For those who are discouraged by the climate, remember that there’s an old saying which says ‘‘the weather is nice several times a day in Brittany’’. Opinions may vary on this matter, but they always end up coming together over a glass of cider and some nice little dishes made with seafood or salty butter. By 2012 the high-speed train (TGV) is scheduled to take passengers from Paris to Brest and Quimper in about three hours: a godsend for those who hope to attend one of the many festivals in this region, a thriving cultural hub.

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Brittany : Must-see towns and regions

  • Nantes

    The historic capital of the dukes of Britanny, Nantes is simultaneously an artistic gem, a great industrial centre and a university town. The port, shared with Donges and Saint-Nazaire, sprawls along ...

  • Saint-Malo

    Encircled by its strong granite ramparts, this corsair city was destroyed in August 1944, but has been so well restored that its centre exudes an austere yet characterful harmony. A busy port and reno...

  • Locmariaquer

    Locmariaquer owes its renown to the numerous imposing megalithic monuments to be found at the end of the peninsula. It is a popular destination for families, and embarkation point for boat trips aroun...

  • Ushant

    The most westerly point in France! The crossing to this island, situated at the meeting point of the Channel and the Atlantic, can often be choppy, but the trip is worthwhile, because once past the ro...

  • Quimper

    The spires of St Corentin cathedral rise at the heart of Quimper, historic capital of Cornouaille. The narrow streets are bordered by half-timbered houses bearing the names of medieval guilds. Equally...

  • Rennes

    With 60 000 students providing plenty of animation, the regional capital of Brittany has an air of dynamism with the emphasis on culture. Rennes has also preserved its narrow and twisting medieval str...

  • La Baule-Escoublac

    With 7km of sands, La Baule is known as the “finest beach in Europe” and it’s easy to see why, despite the succession of luxury hotels which border it. The resort is equally well known for its vast ar...

  • Perros-Guirec

    Occupying a curving site on the Pink Granite Coast, Perros Guirec overlooks a fishing harbour and marina. The two fine gently sloping sandy beaches –Trestraou and Trestignel – are ideal for children.

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