Brittany : French lifestyle delight!


Major City: Rennes, Brest


800 miles of rocky, rugged coastline 
 


Small fishing villages

Celtic influence and history

Distinct Breton language and traditions 

 
The fun of the French lifestyle can be summed up in one word, Brittany. The region offers 800 miles of rocky coastline with many bays and small fishing villages. The charming countryside is dotted with huge granite boulders and barren grassland. The high and low terrain is covered with swamps, bushes and forests. 
 


Architecture is the place that gives the soul of the region. In Brittany, you can find it in the megaliths, Kalfaris, castles, manors, countless churches and ancient villages. All of them have witnessed the changing history and rich traditions of Brittany. Popular traditions still in use in many parts of the region, local musical instruments and dialects have influenced Brittany’s characteristics.

Places of interest
Belle Ile: The largest of the Breton islands, Vauban citadel

Brest: Commercial port, and important naval base, Siam Street known to sailors throughout the world

Cancale: Small fishing port famous for oysters

Carnac Lines of almost 3,000 menhirs (gigantic stones) of which the last were erected in 2,000 B.C., Museum of prehistory, St. Michel tumulus (burial chambers)

Combourg Birthplace of romanticism, 16th century chateau where Chateaubriand was born

Concarneau Fishing port, old walled-town, little island with narrow streets and picturesque houses, surrounded by ramparts

Dinan Historical walled town high above the Rance River 




Dinard Opposite St-Malo in a magnificent setting on the estuary of the Rance River

Douarnenez Typical Breton fishing port, port museum

Josselin Chateau with 15th-century manor owned by the Rohan family

Lorient Military and fishing port. The center of town, destroyed between 1944-45 has been rebuilt in regional style

Paimpol Sea and Floating Museums, boat excursions to Bréhat Island from Pointe de l’Arcouest

Perros-Guirec Leading resort on the “Pink Granite Coast”

Pont-Aven Quaint village with typical architecture along the painter’s route

Quiberon Boat service to three quiet and restful islands: Belle Ile, Houat, Hoedic

Quimper Gothic cathedral, Museum of Fine arts, pottery, old town

Rennes Capital of Brittany, medieval streets, half-timbered houses, Brittany Museum

St. Malo Historical walled city, fishing port and yachting harbor 

 

Tréguier Former Episcopal city, 13th-15th century St. Tugdual Cathedral, Ernest Renan’s House

Vannes St. Peter Cathedral (13th-19th century) with 16th-century Gothic doorways.

 


Technical tourism and sports
Thalassotherapy, river cruises, cooking classes “Crêpe Bretonne”, earthenware

Sailing, hiking, cycling, golf, spas.


Cuisine:

 

Bretagne is the place for seafood, such as shellfish, oysters, scallops, and much delicious fish. Brittany is also known for its agricultural products such as salt meadow lamb, poultry, and pork products. In one of the typical Brittany “crepes” on the roadside or in the heart of the old town, delicious crepes serve you a traditional cider. Other specialties in the area are wafer biscuits and butter biscuits.

Source: francetourism

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