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The Brittany Area Guide

Things to do

Brittany’s bewitching landscape and inviting beaches lure in intrepid explorers looking for a new and exciting adventure. The cultural province is surrounded by 1,700 miles of glorious coastline and a fantastic medley of medieval towns, which proudly tell the tale of yesteryear. But Brittany doesn’t emanate a typical French vibe that is usually present in cities like Marseille or Paris. Instead, a strong Celtic culture and Breton pride prevails here, adding to the alluring appeal of this charming province.

Brittany is graced with delightful coastal towns, ancient walled citadels like Concarneau, enchanting, mystical forests, and 800 islands and islets for you to curiously explore. So whether you wish to escape the pressures of life at one of the magnificent islands like Brehat or prefer to go hiking along the coast from Tréguier to Roscoff for some unparalleled waterfront views, the possibilities are truly endless in this magical corner of France.

Places to eat

As the region is graced with miles of stunning coastline, seafood is naturally found in abundance here. Mussels, lobster and shellfish are on almost every menu. Though seafood is prevalent wherever you go, Brittany is, perhaps, most renowned for its scrumptious crepes (sweet pancakes) and galettes (a savoury pancake), which is, of course, a mandatory dish for any who venture here.

To curb hunger pangs, a plethora of eateries, al fresco diners along the harbourfront, elegant restaurants, creperies and quaint neighbourhood bistros tucked away from tourist hot spots are ready to serve up a variety of regional dishes. If you’re feeling adventurous, the dish ‘charcuterie’ (a platter of cured meats cooked in a variety of ways, including sausages filled with pig intestines) should be sampled.

Vegetarians fear not, galettes, can be stuffed with almost any filling of your choice and make for a delicious meal when washed down with a pint of Breton cider. Cider is the Breton’s main drink of choice and the region is known for its vast cider production. A tipple or two, is, therefore, not to be missed!

Shopping

Like anywhere else in the world, the glittering shopping districts that beckon the attention of starry-eyed shoppers are situated in the tourist-laden cities and towns. Quimper, Saint-Malo and Rennes to name a few are packed to the brim with medieval architecture, stylish independent boutiques, French and world-renowned fashion houses, as well as quaint bistros and cafes – perfect for a quick pit stop amidst the chaos of the bustling streets.

Street markets are a quintessentially French way of life. For many Bretons visiting the local market – which are found even in the smallest of villages – is routine. A smorgasbord of stalls selling fresh seasonal produce and regional delicacies await to be snapped up by eager locals and visitors. If you decide to live here, you’ll soon come to find that, in Brittany, visiting supermarkets are a rarity as produce is often cheaper as well as tastier at the local market. And antique fairs and craft markets in areas like Nantes and Angers allow bargain hunters to rummage through its range of treasures and wares to unearth hidden gems!

Getting there & around

All modes of transportation – sea, air, rail and road – are all reliable and convenient in Brittany, as one would expect from a premier tourist destination. The most apparent point of entry into the region is, of course, by sea from either the port of St-Malo or Roscoff. Ferries depart from the UK and Ireland into either of the aforementioned ports on a regular and frequent basis. Alternatively, if you’re hard pressed for time, the Eurostar transports you from London to Rennes in roughly 6 hours. If you want a quicker alternative, several airports scattered around Brittany (Nantes Atlantique and Rennes–Saint Jacques Airport) connect residents with other parts of the world.

When in the province, you can rely on the excellent rail network to transport you from A to B, whether it’s regional or into other parts of France or further afield. Regional buses also serve each department of Brittany (Finistère, Côtes d'Armor, Morbihan and Ille-et-Vilaine) and ferries conveniently link users with the many islands and islets. But the best, most freeing, way to travel around Brittany is by car or scooter. Not only does this allow unrestrained travel, but also picturesque vistas en route.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@zoopla.co.uk

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.



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