Things to see and do - Brittany
Where to go?
Sport and leisure activities
Sport and leisure activities
- Horse trekking
- Nautical sports and boating
- River cruises
- Thalassotherapy and balneotherapy
You will have no shortage of sandy beaches, the only question is deciding whether you would prefer your beach quiet and secluded or stretched out as far as the eye can see. You will find the former mainly along the unspoiled, jagged coastline (Finistère and islands); while the latter are the pride and joy of southern Brittany ((La Baule, Carnac, Larmor-Plage) and some seaside resorts along the Côte d’Émeraude, starting with St-Malo.
The cleanliness of beaches can be consulted online: baignades.sante.gouv.fr (in English)
Some SNCF railway stations rent out bicycles that can be returned in a different station.
Brittany Federation of Cyclotourism – t 02 99 36 38 11 - www.ffct-bretagne.org. List of weekend outings and discovery trails organised by regional clubs.
www.randobreizh.org – Details of the main bicycling sites
The 53km-long Morbihan walking trail from Mauron to Questembert passes close to Loyat , Montertelot , Ploërmel , Le Roc-St-André , St-Marcel , Malestroit , Molac…
It is now also possible to go from Saint-Malo-Dinard to Rennes along 110km of an uninterrupted walking trail developed along the Channel-Ocean liaison.
National Federation of Fishing and Protection of the Aquatic Environment – t 01 48 24 96 00 - www.unpf.fr. Local maps and information can be provided by the département federations.
Small fishing boat captains welcome tourists on board.
French Federation of Sea Fishing – t 05 59 31 00 73 - www.ffpm-national.com.
Brittany Golf League – t 02 99 31 68 80 - www.liguebretagnegolf.org.
Pays de la Loire Golf League – t 02 40 08 05 06 - www.ligue-golf-paysdelaloire.asso.fr.
The GR 34 (coastal path), 37, 38, 341, 380 cover the length and breadth of Argoat. Don’t forget the towpaths of the Nantes-Brest canal or walking trails (see above).
Brittany Regional Board of Hiking – t 02 23 30 07 56 - bretagne.ffrandonnee.fr.
www.randobreizh.com – Description of sites and itineraries (GR, GRP, bicycle paths and walking trails) and a complete guide to accommodation in the vicinity of the trails.
Baccorb (Hiking Guides in Brittany) – t 02 99 78 83 72. This association groups together guides, contributes to their training and develops discovery and hiking trails.
France Randonnée – t 02 99 67 42 21 - www.france-randonnee.fr (in English). Organises hiking, bicycling and horse trekking excursions, with or without guides.
A magnificent track, Equibreizh ( www.equibreizh.com), tours Brittany (some 2500km) passing by top sites. Equestrian fans should also make sure they make a detour to Hennebont stud farm.
Brittany Regional Board of Equestrian Tourism – t 02 97 84 44 00 - www.bretagne-equitation.com.
Nautical sports and boating
Brittany Regional Board of Canoe-Kayaking – t 02 23 20 30 14 - www.crck.org/bretagne.
The main marinas of Brittany are: Aber-Wrac’h, Audierne, Bénodet, Brest, Concarneau, Douarnenez, Groix, La Trinité, Belle-Île (Le Palais), Lorient, Paimpol, Perros-Guirec, Île-aux-Moines (Port Blanc), Port-Louis, Redon, St-Malo and Vannes.
www.nautismebretagne.fr – List of ports and additional information.
This sport is very popular in Brittany. Limpid creeks, teeming with fish and rich in seaweed, particularly along the southern coastline (Port-Manech, Port-Goulphar on Belle-Île, etc.) await spear-fishing and underwater landscape enthusiasts.
Inter-regional Brittany-Pays de Loire Branch of the French Federation of Underwater Studies and Sports – t 02 97 37 51 51 - www.ffessm-cibpl.asso.fr.
Tall ship fans can set sail for a half-day, day, weekend or longer on a recently restored tall ship.
French Federation of Sailing – t 01 40 60 37 00 - www.ffvoile.org.
Nautical Resorts in France – t 01 44 05 96 55 - www.france-nautisme.com (in English).
Ideal down the Nantes Canal at Brest or on the Channel-Ocean liaison (Ille-et-Rance Canal and the Vilaine).
The main river tourist companies are located at Blain, Sucé-sur-Erdre, Messac, Redon, Josselin, Rohan, Châteauneuf-du-Faou, La Chapelle-aux-Filtzméens and Dinan.
Board of Breton canals and western navigable waterways – t 02 97 25 38 24 - www.canaux-bretons.net. Extensively documented.
www.bretagne-plaisance.fr(in English) – Barge hires by the day, week or month.
Thalassotherapy and balneotherapy
Check out La Baule, Belle-Île, Bénodet, Carnac, Dinard, Douarnenez, Perros-Guirec, Quiberon, Roscoff, St-Malo.
www.thalasso-bretagne.fr– This website features Brittany’s 13 thalasso centres and offers made-to-measure online booking.
France Thalasso – t 01 44 70 07 57 - www.thalassofederation.com (in English).