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Brittany is a fascinating mix of spectacular coastline, medieval towns, magical islands and inland wood. This is a region full of histories and legends where locals still celebrate Breton culture.
With a huge 2800km of coastline, Brittany is responsible for producing 80% of France’s internationally renowned shellfish. On the northern coast, visitors can enjoy the citadels, ramparts and charming cobbled streets of the walled city of Saint-Malo. Equally stunning is the Pink Granite Coast of Ploumanac’h, which boasts magnificent sea views for miles around. On the west coast, stop by the naval town of Brest or the idyllic Crozon peninsula, and to the south, after visiting the tranquil Quiberon peninsula, timely visitors can also enjoy the annual Inter-Celtic Festival of Lorient.
A strong Celtic background stands out the Brittany from other parts of France. The Celtic traditions are still going strong; the Breton language remains proudly spoken, while cultural festivals celebrate Celtic music and dance, (Fest-noz or the International Celtic festival of Lorient) Visit some mysterious Celtic places where you can see a lot of ancient standing stones, dolmens, cairns like in Carnac, Locmariaquer and Camaret.
Imagine a castle on the top of a 60-meters high cliff and where you can enjoy a spectacular breathtaking panorama view on the Channel. A magical place with an impressive history when the castle was called “Castle of the Roche Goyon” from the name of the Lord of Matignon, Etienne Goyon, a powerful Breton Lord.
Located between the Mont Saint Michel Bay and the city of Saint Malo, Cancale is an unmissable stopover for any oyster lover. Famous visitors to the town include Jacques Cartier (the Breton explorer who claimed what is now Canada for France), and Robert Surcouf the notorious corsair. Today, the town is known all over the world for its seafood, especially the unique taste of its oysters.
Fashioned by the elements and running all the way from Perros-Guirec to Trébeurden, discover the natural phenomenon of the Pink Granite Coast. This stretch of the Brittany coastline contains swathes of huge pink granite blocks on the moorland and in the sea, a geological curiosity sure to fascinate visitors.
With 3000 megaliths dating from between 5000 and 2000BC in formations that run for more than 4km, the Carnac stones are a monumental feat of architecture unequalled in Europe. The site’s thousands of menhirs never fail to capture the imagination of travellers, and form a major prehistoric archaeological site that contributes to human understanding of Neolithic culture.