Welcome to the region of Brittany
Brittany (Breizh in breton) is not only a region, but also a universe mosaic associating celtic and gaulish culture to the actual world of France. The region is very attached to its tradition and proudly presents its culture to the public through heritage, gastronomy and events such as the fest-noz. A land of legends, it marvelously mixes its landscape, authenticity and traditions.
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The region of Brittany
Since 1956, Brittany is a french administrative area composed by 4 departments which form a peninsula at the western part of the hexagon, almost entirely surrounded by the sea. The breton region has delimited 10 regions of tourist interest including many islands. According to the coastal observatory, there are a thousand islands or islets all along the Breton coastline, but no more than a dozen of islands or archipels are inhabited, some only during the tourist season.
Which are the 10 tourist regions of Brittany?
Brest Terres Océanes
Looking for a change of scenery and a break? Brest Terres Océanes, on the western tip of the country facing the ocean, is the ideal destination for a holiday on the Iroise Sea. The Brittany tip is a peninsula which attracts hikers with a breath-taking coastline, Brest is perfect for urban strolls with a bay which delight sailors of all kinds and the legendary islands inviting you to swimming. In its territory, Brest terres océanes has all the assets of Brittany.
Broceliande, the mystic wood !
A welcome to the imaginary world, this destination invites you to discover a world of Arthurian legends and secrets. Who doesn't know the legend of King Arthur, Merlin the magician, the Vivian fairy or Lancelot the knight? It is in the Broceliande forest where these tales take their roots. At the edge of Broceliande, 2 vast water mirrors sparkle in the heart of the rocks, the Chambre aux Loups and the lake of Trémelin, enchanted sites, conducive to dream and stroll.
South Brittany - Gulf of Morbihan
In this region, you will have a great experience, you can enjoy the sweet atmosphere of the Gulf or go and uncover the secrets of the megaliths, discover wood-framed houses or try to live the emotions of a small ocean racing. The area is also rich in other natural, architectural and cultural heritage resources. Starting a journey into the neolithic era starts when the boat is leaving the harbor to reach the island of Gavrinis to discover one of the most beautiful megalithic sites in the world.
Pink granite coast - Morlais
Bay With an abundant natural environment and an historical heritage of character, you will discover a region with a mild oceanic climate where exceptional landscapes blossom. The Pink Granite Coast and the Bay of Morlaix stretch from west to east, from Léon to the lands of Armor with the Trégor and from Morlaix to the peninsula of Lézardrieux. Between the beaches of Trestraou and those of Saint Guirec, the imposing pink granite rocks of PIoumanac'h are known throughout the world and attract more than one million tourists.
Saint Malo - Mont Saint Michel Bay
From the city of the privateers to the Emerald Coast, the region promises you great iodized walks on the beach at the rhythm of the tides. Apart from the superb villages, a piece of its culinary heritage, straight from the Manche, can be served to you on a platter, so that you can taste the delicious oysters and mussels, freshly harvested along the coast. The cliffs of schist and pink sandstone of Cape Fréhel offer one of the most spectacular views of the bay and the Mont Saint Michel.
Saint Brieuc Bay - Paimpol - The Capes
Between the port of Paimpol and the majestic Fréhel and Erquy capes, you will discover a culinary destination, rich in flavors and emotions. Situated in the center of the bay of Saint-Brieuc, this region is blessed with changing light that reveals splendid landscapes and a preserved nature. It also offers a wide variety of famous seaside resorts, unspoiled landscape, lovely views and a wealth of terrestrial and maritime heritage, all assets to attract you.
Brittany Loire Ocean
Even if it is not included in the region, in Loire Atlantique, it is the destination where the Breton heart resounds, and in his right will make you feel great, with its vast spaces and a coastline which deploys all its lovely sandy beaches. The salt marshes of Guérande, a classified site, are exploited following thousand-year-old production techniques, an opportunity to see how the salt workers live. Discover the Brittany Loire Ocean area slowly, by bike, on foot or on the water.
Heart of Brittany
You will discover the deep soul of the Breton culture and traditions, on this relief land, with its valleys, forests and rivers that will satisfy all your wishes. Situated on the border of 3 departments, it's a rich region with emblematic sites and landscapes, ideal for outdoor activities. In the Regional Natural Park of Armorique, you can see rocks with strange shapes, menhirs and many places having mysterious names. Don't forget to visit the chaos of the Moulin, the Silver River, the Devil's Cave...
Quimper and Cornwall
A wild and authentic region by its nature, Cornwall opens its large natural spaces to you, lulled by the sea and by the light of the end of the land, with its popular and colorful traditions, Cornwall looks like a little heaven for both artists and athletes. Some twenty points of interest not to be missed during your vacation. In Cornouaille, the Breton character is reflected on the facades of the cities and small villages, with a well tempered character of a protected breton legacy.
Rennes and the gates of Brittany
In the capital of Brittany, let the rhythm and atmosphere of a creative and trendy region win you over. The area features a rich historic heritage with many castles that once guarded the border and defended the region. Without access to the sea, the region fully relies on the card of natural leisure activities and is developing green tourism packages, hiking, cycling and kayaking, etc. The religious heritage tours are also part of the proposed offers.
Currently the region of Brittany has 4 departments, although according to history, the Loire Atlantique should have been part of it but was separated by the Vichy regime in 1941. So far, time has healed the wound, which remains open, in the hope that the siege of Brittany's Duke can regain its previous unity.
Côtes d'Armor (22)
The Côtes d'Armor offers a wide range of discoveries to those who like coastal scenery and built heritage. Famous for the beauty of its landscapes, the department of Côtes-d'Armor also has many towns and cities of character. Its coastline is known for the pink granite and Emerald coasts but also for the archipelago of the Bréhat islands. Nicknamed the island of flowers, the car traffic is forbidden, but you can easily go around it with the small train available in season.
Île et Vilaine (35)
Saint-Malo, the corsair city, or Rennes, the Breton capital and the medieval cities of Fougères or Vitré, are among the places not to be missed during your holidays in Ile et Vilaine. Moreover, you can visit cities with a rich heritage, discover its famous seaside resorts, the forest of Paimpol or its well preserved medieval castles. The gastronomy is an additional asset to discover this region without delay.
Its coastline, made up of rocky points, jagged coasts, sandy beaches and steep cliffs, stretches for almost 800km. With its wild and violent coastline, even the most ambitious of travelers who love preserved natural spaces will be delighted. The sandy beaches of La Manche are perfect for the swimming fan, whereas the inland areas allow you to discover varied sites of natural beauty and a rich religious heritage with some very interesting parish enclosures.
This department is famous for the megalithic sites of Carnac and Locmariaquer that make it a major prehistoric place. Fabulous coastal landscapes and beautiful cities of character, it will surely delight your taste buds with high-quality seafood dishes. Located at 15km from Quiberon, the beauty of Belle Ile en Mer is a wonder to take pictures of. Creeks and cliffs, in the middle of a large diversity of landscape with a generous flora.
What are the 15 islands and archipelagos to discover in Brittany?
Say adieu to your car during your holidays and go on adventure to one of the many islands of Brittany. Explore the protected natural spaces, between sea and sky, the almost wild lands which know to remain gentle with their guests. Get on board for the Breton islands and enjoy a complete change of scenery for an amazing experience.
Arz - the islands of (56)
Arz is a calm and green island, with an incredible lifestyle in the heart of a natural environment well preserved. For decades, it has been called "the island of captains" and has been the place where many long-distance sailors have settled. The archipelago has 8 other islands or islets: Drénec Vras, Drenec Vihan, Lerne, Hur, Charles, Huric, Mouchiouse and Spiren. The island is remarkable for its natural beauty and simplicity. You can visit it by foot or by bicycle along an 18-kilometer path that goes around it. Its tidal mill is one of the rare ones still in function, a parenthesis out of time on an island which seduces by its quietude and its originality.
Belle île en Mer (56)
With an Ordovician volcanic formation, it is certainly the most famous of the Breton islands, situated about 12km from Quiberon. The biggest Breton island, it is composed of 4 municipalities: Le Palais, Lacmoria, Bangor and Sauzon, in season the connections are possible from Quiberon (0h50), Lorient (1h30) Vannes (2h), Le Croisic (2h45). Cliffs on one side, sheltered beaches on the other, a generous nature and countryside dotted with small villages, a tourist jewel that offers a diversity of landscapes and activities, a high place for tourism in Brittany.
Glénant - archipelago of - (29)
A beautiful archipelago of islets that encircle an inland sea with a white sandy landscape that reminds us of Seychelles. Off the coast of Fouesnant, it gathers paradisiac landscapes, reachable between April and September. You can discover this paradise during a day trip because there is no tourist accommodation, just restaurants, a diving club and a sailing club open in season. The Glénat and its islands have a rich and varied ecosystem, which you can discover with a transparent boat and hopefully observe a basking shark!
Batz - island of (29)
Fifteen minutes of crossing are enough from Roscoff to arrive on the island of Batz, the change of scenery is immediate. The charming island of Batz can be discovered through its magnificent path, about 10 km long, which runs along its coastline. With a mild climate and lush vegetation, the locals live mainly from fishing, culture and tourism. You will be charmed by its mild climate and its splendid garden with tropical essences. In order to maintain the wild side of its landscape, the island has succeeded in developing sustainable and responsible agriculture. There are about 600 varieties of seaweed used in healthcare, farming, medicine and thalassotherapy.
Brehat - archipelago of - (22)
All year long, the archipelago benefits from the influence of the Gulf Stream which ensures a micro climate particularly mild in winter, as a result of which, many varieties of flowers and exotic plants colour the island. Located at 10mn from the shore, from the port at the Pointe de l'Arcouest in Ploubazlanes (5km from Paimpol). On the island no car, the municipality is part of a durable and environmental policy. In addition to Brehat, the archipelago consists of 86 islets and reefs in a protected area, it is an ecological paradise with wild creeks, more than 120 species of birds, and a multitude of flowers.
Groix - island of - (56)
The crossing takes about 45 minutes from Lorient to Groix, an island extending over 8km long and 3km wide. On the western side of the island lies a wild and steep coastline, very different from the eastern side, which is more friendly due to the beaches and groves. As there are few cars, it is better to rent a bike to go all over the island. However, the pedestrian trail is 27 km long. The beach of Grand Sables has a double particularity, it extends into the sea and slides about 10 m a year.
Hoëdic - island of - (56)
The duckling, just like Houat, is an antique extension of the Quiberon peninsula from where it takes 1h15 to land on the island. Being smaller than its sister island, it is only possible to walk along its lovely fine sandy beaches, which appear at the bend of a rocky peak, and invites you to enjoy a relaxing break. The island of Hoëdic seems to have been created by a poet, the colors, the fragrances, the white sandy beaches, the caressing sun and its mild temperatures, with a generous insular life, to share over a cup of coffee in the small port.
Moines - l'île aux - (56)
Just 5 minutes away from the mainland, l'île aux Moines is a wooded island with a mild climate and a trendy "eco-chic" style where you can get around on foot or by bike. Connected to the mainland all year long from Port-Blanc, the island owes its name to the monks of the Redon abbey. As in a fairy tale, romance names have been given to the pine woods such as: Bois d'Amour, Bois des Soupirs, Bois des Regrets. To reach the Pointe du Nioul by the Pen Hap circuit, dotted with megaliths, can be done by walk or by bike.
Ouessan - island of - (29)
The high cliffs carved by the ocean testify the power of elements unleashed on this island at the end of the earth (finis terrae). Surrounded by 5 lighthouses, Ushant Island is nicknamed the sentinel island, 7 km long, it looks like a crab claw. The coastline of the Pointe de Pern offers an unusual spectacle that seems to be almost a desolation at the end of the world, with phantasmagorical rocks. Crossing are available all year long from Brest or Conquet ports, as well as flight from Brest.
Sein - island of - (29)
Just 15m above the water and 1km², a small land full of emotion at the edge of the ocean, exposed to winds and waves, subject to bright summers, it is a unique and exceptional place, out of time. The island of Sein is full of beautiful panoramas, with a rocky side on the east side entirely exposed to the wind and waves, while on the west side, the landscape is full of greenery. In this wild environment, the inhabitants are courageous against the elements, skilful sailors attached to their freedom, they have allied their skills to become famous in rescues.
Island of Gavrizi (56)
Sistine Chapel of the Neolithic, the cairn of Gavrinis is a megalithic monument, a funerary and cult architecture, unique in the world for the abundance and finesse of its engraved decorations. An exceptional site on a small French island in the Gulf of Morbihan, located in the commune of Larmor-Baden. This impressive assembly of stones and sand is 8m high and more than 50m diameter. It protects a splendid dolmen forming a gallery 1.5m wide and 14m long, ending in a funerary chamber.
Houat - island of - (56)
La cane, like its little sister Hoëdic, is an ancient extension of the Quiberon peninsula. It takes 1h15 to reach Houat. This small island is perfect for those who are looking for calm and tranquility, surrounded by an authentic and wild nature. This island is the first one to take action for the defense of its biodiversity and the environment protection. There are no roads here, just sandy paths, and you will only meet foolish lovers of nature, true friends of seas, people who are focused on a better future and more respectful of their environment.
Molène - archipelago of - (29)
A piece of land that looks like no one else, it is the largest island of an archipelago of around 20 islets where only Quéménès and Molène are inhabited. The archipelago is the jewel of the Iroise marine park, suspended between sky and sea, embraced by sea spray, bottlenose dolphins and grey seals emerge from its crystal waters. In addition, come to visit the site of Beg ar Loued, testimony of the Bronze Age occupation, where the research has been underway for 20 years now.
Quéménèz - island of - (56)
A piece of land of 0,3km² lost in the middle of the sea in the archipelago of Molène with only 2 habitants and about 30 sheeps per year. Our couple of bio farmers is playing the robinsons of the end of the world and this is a choice they made a few years ago. Between April and October they have 3 guest rooms for those who want to experience a parenthesis of life away from modern world. The island has been restored by the Conservatoire du Littoral in an ecological approach respectful of the environment with a total autonomy in energy and water.
Seven islands - Archipelago of - (22)
This is a must-see visit during your stay in the region, located 7 km off the pink granite coast, the archipelago is composed of the Ile-aux-Moines, the Ile Plate, the Ile de Rouzic, the Ile de Malban, the Costans, the Cerf and the Bono. It is the most important ornithological reserve of France, a real paradise for many species of birds. Men have moved away from these arid surfaces with the exception of 2 lighthouse guards who alternate every 15 days. Discover this fascinating universe on an organized tour and listen the comments of passionate guides.
A little more about the Cairn of Gavrinis
There are 29 pillars, carefully assembled, and 23 of these slabs are decorated with mysterious engravings, concentric circles, spirals, axes, arches, and snakes which are carved into the stone. The Gavrinis monument would seem to be an echo to those of Locmariaquer, the drawings and the breakage of the funerary slab appear to be from the Table des Marchands of a Locmariaquéroise stele on which cervids are chiseled. However, how could such a block have been transported to the island? The guided tour of the cairn is done by taking a boat from the commune of Larmor Baden.