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Things to do in Brittany

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The top 993 attractions in Brittany

Cliffs in Plogoff
Pointe du Raz
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Finding ourselves in one of the most spectacular points of the French coast, specifically in Finistère at the western end of the Cornuaille peninsula. It's the most Western point in France, also one of the most visited. Located opposite the island of Sein, this place was chosen by many famous writers in the 19th Century, which converted it into a great tourist attraction, causing a lot of damage to the environment. Thanks to the French government's and its recovery plan for the area, some existing buildings were demolished and in turn, the damage they did to the surrounding area demolished with them. It's now a specially protected area, with lots of rules in place in order to preserve the surrounding environment. A large car park and a number of shops and restaurants wait your arrival here, although at the time of year we visited they were basically empty. Following the directions along the way, 20 minutes later we reached the pier. Waves crashing against the cliffs, and a huge lighthouse and monument to Notre Dame de Naufragés invite you to sit on the rocks and look over the majesty of the area.
Beaches in Saint-Malo
Saint Malo Beach
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The beach is located on the wall of this corsair city. During low tide you can walk to the island of Petit-Bé and Grand-Bé (where the French writer Chateaubriand is buried). There's a huge sea water swimming pool that forms at low tide, with a diving board! It's a good idea not to have to walk yards and yards to get into the water because of fast rising tides. Like at Mont Saint Michel, be careful if you decide to visit the islands because you can get stranded. There are signs that warn what to do in case you are surprised by the rising tide and strong currents. In the month of August, this beach is celebrated as part of the "Route du Rock", 3 consecutive days of concerts, with 5,000 spectators per night.
Historical Monuments in Saint-Malo
The Walls of Saint-Malo
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After eating and tiring from walking the streets of St Malo with its innumerable shops and restaurants and visiting the most important parts of the city, we needed some fresh air and a little more of a relaxed activity. We decided to take a walk around the top of the walls. Seven feet thick and two miles long, the walls are in excellent condition. There was a beautiful sea breeze on this cloudy day and from this level, we were able to see another perspective of the buildings, beaches and forts in the city. In short, a highly recommended walk.
Villages in Erquy
Erquy
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Ten sandy beaches, a fishing port known for its delicious scallops, walking trails and the inimitable rose stoneware - these are 4 reasons to visit Erquy. Erquy is the first fishing port of mollusks and scallops in Santiago. Everyone lives to the rhythm of the tides. From November to March, parking near the dry dock fishermen unload sacks of shellfish prior to auction. Strolling through the streets of pink sandstone is very nice. Between sand dunes, pink sandstone cliffs and colorful wild moors, Erquy is a total explosion of gorse and heather flowers. The colors of the flora, the aromas of the moor, the sound of seabirds awaken all the senses. Open your eyes, nose and ears to catch the spirit of Erquy. You can visit on foot via 3 tours that leave from the prehistoric settlement of Tu-is-Roc, north of town. Here you will see the ruins of a fortified house dating from the XVIII century and an ancient bullet oven. Continue the walk towards Latte Fort by the customs path to discover a succession of wonderful beaches and coves. This is the coast of north Bretaña!
Villages in Quimper
Quimper
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This year in February, I took a trip with my class to Quimper, with the intention of doing an exchange with some students from other schools. We were there for seven days, in which we went on various trips and outings to nearby areas that made our stay unforgettable.
Villages in Locronan
Locronan
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Brittany is one of the most beautiful regions of France. Its people (yes, even if they are French!), its coastline and its lovely little towns. Towns such as Locronan, which could serve as decoration for a nativity scene. They are characterized by stone houses, slate roofs, cobblestone streets and the right size to dramatize a story. In fact, it is part of the French association "Les plus beaux villages de la France" (the most beautiful villages in France). In one hour you will have seen the whole town, but it's worth spending some time here.
Gardens in Vannes
Jardins Des Remparts
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I took this photograph of the main gardens located in the Breton town of Vannes. I took it in the afternoon, from a tower located on the adjoining wall. From there, there was a magnificent view of the layout of the gardens and the golden sunlight among a few scattered clouds (something rather strange in the region of Brittany) which were reflected in the stone walls of the buildings and bridges.
Villages in Rochefort-en-Terre
Rochefort-en-terre
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The village steeple is the town's trademark, as are geraniums, the flower that adorns the facades of all the homes in Rochefort. The red color enters your eye and envelops you every step of the way. The houses with outdoor corridors let you glimpse into the spirit of this unique town, which oozes history in every step. There is a large number of mansions from the 16th and 17th centuries. This town has seen several successful guilds flourish, allowing the construction of sumptuous villas and public buildings. The castle that presides over the whole town from the top of a hill. It has been renovated on several occasions. The American painter Klots resided in the early 20th century. century.
Cathedrals in Quimper
Quimper Cathedral
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In the free time we had to sight-see on our own, we visited the cathedral every morning because it's situated along a convenient path for us - it was very close to the lycée where we were studying. We only had to walk down a street and we would be at the cathedral. When you're inside, the most interesting part is the ceiling. The nave's ceiling has a strange shape, it runs straight until the altar, then from there until the back, it's twisted to one side because the cathedral has been restored several times. In times of war, the same part of the cathedral is always burned, and after having been restored so many times, it has finally lost its original shape. It has a very interesting shape now.
Cliffs in Fréhel
Fréhel Cape
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This cape is one of the most beautiful places in the rugged Breton coast. Thousands of tourists come to see the curious pink color of this place. You can see the majestic spectacle of the power of the sea against the rocks. Sculpted by the passage of time, the Cape Frehel is a balcony high above the sea. During the Renaissance, the Breton coast was unprotected against possible enemy incursions. Then in 1597 the fort La Latte was built, which after more than 400 years, it still symbolizes strength along the coast. It is designed with a cubic construction and features booths at the vertices which give it a very aesthetic appearance. I recommend that you stop by to check it out.
Historical Monuments in Carnac
Carnac Stones
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The legend saint of Cornély was pursued by soldiers of the Roman emperor, and then he turned around with the Cross of Christ and made each of this in a menhir. Actually we were dealing with more than four thousand rocks between menhirs and dolmens erected in the Neolithic period between 5,000 and 2,000 BC. For sedentary communities inhabiting the region dedicated to livestock and agriculture. The entire assembly is divided into three different alignments in close proximity between them. The first of these was in front and is now known as some alignments. The second is called Kermario alignment and it is possibly the best one to visit and to finish aligning the farthest Kerlescan. Each and every one of them are in fenced enclosures, this is done to ensure that more damage due to the passage of time doesn't occur. The day wasn't great for us because it was so hot and there was a steady drizzle that barely let me get some photographs with mediocre quality. But certainly better than nothing and that next year we will have the chance to visit again.
Citadels in Dinan
Dinan
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A dreamy medieval citadel hidden in this villa. With almost 2 miles of ramparts, Dinan and XIV century castle stand proudly on the river Rance. Marina, situated in the lower part of the city, constantly has sail boats up the estuary. A lovely landscape walk to and fall in love with ... or with whoever you want, of course. At the top, the houses of wooden structures complete your visit to this medieval town of character and flavor ancient history. The rugged Jerzual street seems to lead to the Middle Ages. You can catch some of your breath when you look out to the ocean.
Beaches in Plomeur
Punta de la Torche
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It's currently considered one of the greatest surf spots in France. Le Pointe de la Torche offers many opportunities for surfers: kite surfing, surfing and many others. Come to this little area of paradise, away from pollution, the world and the daily stress!
Forests in Paimpont
Broceliande Forest
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BROCÉLIANDE is the mythical name of the actual Paimpont forest, located southwest of Rennes. It is the remains of a vast forest which in the Middle Ages covered the centre of the peninsula, and the source of many Celtic legends. Supposedly, the Knights of the Round Table used it as their destination and their search when King Arthur ordered them to find the Holy Grail, hidden in the forests of Brittany. The wizard Merlin, friend and adviser of the young Arthur, was a privileged guest of Brocéliande's. It is a mandatory place to visit, and though you have to walk a bit, it is definitely worth it.
Citadels in Concarneau
Ville close
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The ancient walled town of Concarneau hails from the tenth century in which the rocky island was defended by fences covered by moats. Already by the fourteenth century the city was walled and small, predetermined became part of Brittany in 1373 after thirty years of British occupation. Its walls were built in 1491 and the union of the King of France with Princess Anne of Britain became one Plaza Real. The walls are still the originals, with the exception of the front door or Passenger, expanded in 1785. Concarneau always been famous for its canned food, because until the French revolution it was a population of fishermen who pressed and dried the fish to send to the cities within France, particularly known for the sardines. A short walk through their little streets brings you to traditional houses, sites such as Puerta del Vino XV century where the wine was transported from Bordeaux or the Chapel of the Hospital that housed ten male patients and as many female whom could attend religious celebrations from their beds. A must visit in Britain.
Islands in Ouessant
Ushant
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The island of Ouessant is, for the pleasure of tourists, almost uninhabited and is impossible to get to by car. The locals live in harmony with nature. The sheep roam free and can easily cross the paths. You can also spend the night there in either a campsite, an inn or a hotel for a very affordable price.
Islands in Le Palais
Belle Île
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Belle Ile en Mer, as the name suggests, is a wonderful island with clear water and amazing scenery. It is an inviting place to stroll along the coastal paths.
Villages in Cancale
Cancale
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Cancale is a coastal village close to Saint Malo. They call it oyster capital of Brittany. The town itself has many attractions, this "interesting" town is small and does not cover much coastline. It has a small sandy bay enclosed by dykes that keep the waves down. It is amazing to see the bay at high and low tide. In one case seems to be any port, but then boats are just stuck in the sand. The boats have no keel and can easily lopsidedly turn over. The hull of the boat is completely flat, ready to spend hours seated on the sand. The visit is full gastronomic pleasure; locals and tourists come here to eat their fill of fresh oysters. At the entrance of the street, just to the left there is a small hill that leads to the square. Here the oysters come every day via tractors transporting them through the muddy route, 200 meters behind from the hundreds of cages in the bay. There are a dozen stalls, and the prices are quite similar. Then you can choose the size of the oyster, which affects the price. You are given a plastic tray with a lemon. Now we just need to open your mouth and drop in this gelatinous delight. Half a dozen, medium size cost about 8 € if I remember correctly. If you wish for more comfort when enjoying the seafood you can go to any restaurant in town, all specialized in seafood.