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  • 1 Within St Malo City Walls Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Pilori F - 35400 Saint-Malo

    Within the old city walls of St Malo you will find narrow cobbled streets and perfectly aligned buildings with granite façades. It's hard to believe that most of them were restored, if not rebuilt, after 1944! In high season and at the weekend the wh..

  • 2 Vallée de la Rance Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 35400 Saint-Malo

    The Rance is a river of mysterious origins that once knew the formidable power of the spring tides but is now harnessed by a tidal power station (left bank). The estuary is a superb stretch of water whose banks are rich with a varied heritage, full o..

  • 3 Manoir de l'Automobile Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    4 r. de la Cour-Neuve F - 35550 Lohéac

    The museum brings together the predecessors of the modern automobile, dating back to the turn of the century, as well as an almost complete representation of the Lamborghini family, and cars designed by Maserati, Ferrari, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Renaul..

  • 4 Les Machines de l'Île Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    bd Léon-Bureau F - 44200 Nantes

    Here in the heart of the former boiler-making workshops of the Chantiers de la Loire shipyards, you will come across a world straight out of the imagination of Jules Verne: gigantic machines such as the giant Heron Tree and the Marine Worlds Carrouse..

  • 5 Musée Sarah Bernhardt Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Pointe des Poulains F - 56360 Sauzon

    The Villa des Cinq Parties du Monde was built by the tragic actress's son, Maurice. It houses a light-hearted exhibition which you can work your way around with an audioguide (with texts spoken by Fanny Ardant). You will get to know more about the ex..

  • 6 Old Dinan Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. des Merciers F - 22100 Dinan

    A stroll in the old part of Dinan takes you straight back to the atmosphere of the Middle Ages; there are numerous well-preserved, timber-framed houses.

  • 7 Rochers de Ploumanch Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Sentier des Douaniers F - 22700 Ploumanach

    Stretching from Porz Rolland to Porz ar Mor, this rocky coastline is one of Brittany's finest natural sites, with rocks of all shapes and sizes along the shore facing the Sept Îles archipelago. The most interesting area is the Pointe de Squéouel, a h..

  • 8 St Cast Point Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    chemin de St-Cast F - 22380 Saint-Cast-le-Guildo

    On the point stands a monument in memory of those who «Escaped from France, preferring to die on their feet rather than live on their knees». The view of the Emerald Coast is superb. Next to the signal station is a useful orientation table. On the ne..

  • 9 Pointe de la Garde Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Corniche de la Plage F - 22380 St-Cast-le-Guildo

    From the far end of this headland, there is a fine view of the beaches of St-Cast and Pen-Guen. A footpath for visitors runs around the point: it skirts along the corniche by the beach near the Ar Vro hotel, passes close to the oratory, then follows ..

  • 10 Cathedral of St Tugdual Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. du Martray F - 22220 Tréguier

    One of Brittany's finest cathedrals, dating principally from the 14 and 15C. Three towers stand on the transept. On the south side is an attractive «bell portico», surmounted by a flamboyant window. The Romanesque Hastings Tower dates from the 12C. T..

  • 11 Côte de Granit Rose (Pink Granite Coast) Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 22700 Perros-Guirec

    The Côte de Granit Rose, which extends from Ploumanach to the Île Grande, between Perros-Guirec to the east and Trébeurden to the west, is a magical stretch of coastline. Its colour is particularly impressive, as are its unusual and occasionally amus..

  • 12 Pointe de l'Arcouest Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 22500 Paimpol

    The road down to the Arcouest slipway commands superb views at high tide over the bay and Bréhat. A monument - two identical pieces of pink granite - has been erected to Frédéric and Irène Joliot-Curie, who were frequent visitors to Arcouest. Ferries..

  • 13 Cathédrale St-Corentin Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. St-Corentin F - 29000 Quimper

    This cathedral is unusual in the direction of its choir - the builders decided to make a little sanctuary off to the left the absidial chapel, and so that had to be joined up! The cathedral has a remarkable collection of 15C stained-glass windows and..

  • 14 Musée des Beaux-Arts de Quimper Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    40 pl. St-Corentin F - 29000 Quimper

    The Fine Arts Museum in Quimper displays a collection of paintings from the 14C to the present day, including the Northern European, Italian and French Schools. Several rooms are dedicated to regional works (paintings and sculptures), including one d..

  • 15 Conservatoire Botanique du Vallon du Stang-Alar Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Rampe du Stang-Alar F - 29200 Brest

    This prestigious botanical conservatory is dedicated to plants threatened with extinction, ensuring their preservation and attempting to reintroduce them into their natural habitat. Its 22ha of landscaped grounds are also home to popular ornamental p..

  • 16 Brest Harbour Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    cours Dajot F - 29200 Brest

    From the orientation map at the east of the courtyard, you will find a superb view over Brest Harbour, from the mouth of the Elorn to the tip of the Portzic and the Menez-Hom. This vast 150km 2 harbour leads to the ocean via a long bottleneck with st..

  • 17 Walled town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Vauban F - 29900 Concarneau

    The narrow streets of the Ville Close occupy an irregularly shaped small island, 350m long and 100m wide, linked to the mainland by two small bridges which divide a fortified structure encircled by sturdy ramparts built in the 14C and completed in th..

  • 18 Port-Musée de Port-Rhû Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. de l'Enfer F - 29100 Douarnenez

    This unique museum, dedicated to maritime activities, displays dozens of old fishing and pleasure boats which are gradually disappearing from French waters, but which provide a fascinating insight into traditional maritime culture. The museum is divi..

  • 19 Calvary of the Guimiliau Parish Enclosure Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    r. du Calvaire F - 29400 Guimiliau

    It dates back to 1581-1588 and includes over 200 figures. Under a big cross which bears the Virgin, Saint John, Saint Peter and Saint Yves, one can see 17 scenes from the Passion and a motif which represents the story of Catell-Gollet, above the Last..

  • 20 The rocks Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 29690 Huelgoat

    During excursions, one may discover the Chaos du Moulin (an accumulation of blocks of granite towering over the Argent River), the Devil's Cave, the Trembling Rock (an enormous rock weighing 100 t) and the Violette path alongside the right bank of th..

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