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Brittany

Brittany is known as the green region of France with varying landscape of forests, lakes, rivers and wide open green spaces.  A vast array of fruit, vegetables and salads are produced locally and all the shops are proud to boast "product of Bretagne".

 

Culture and tradition are still very important to the Bretons, who are very proud and happy to show off their region to visitors.

Boasting over six hundreds miles of coastline, as varied as the countryside, Brittany has it all.

The North - or Emerald coast (45 minute drive) - is very rugged with lots of beautiful coves, interspersed with fantastic sandy seaside resorts.

The Western or Pink Granite coast (1.5 hours drive) is on the open Atlantic and is truly spectacular.

To the South is the beautiful Golfe de Morbihan (45 minute drive) which boasts some amazing beaches overlooking myriad small islands, some of which can be reached by ferry.  Many of the small coastal villages are fishing ports and offer a huge variety of fresh fish.  A visit to the Quiberon peninsula is a must to see the miles of beautiful sandy beaches. On one side the 'Savage Coast' is famous for its water sports whilst just a couple of hundred metres across the peninsula the sea is calm and tranquil.

 

 

Just five miles away is Lac de Guerledan.  Sandy beaches and safe bathing for those who do no want the hustle and bustle of sea beaches.  Boat trips, water sports, fishing, cycling and walking are all available in this very beautiful area.  If you have your own boat, bring it! There are no launch fees and launching is very easy.
 

The area surrounding St Connec has many pretty villages with superb restaurants and churches, and, along with the Napoleonic Castle at Pontivy, Bon Repos Abbey, and La Forge des Salles, they all go towards making this a great area of architectural study.

 

For those who prefer the sea, Carnac with its long sandy beaches, the megaliths and the oyster beds, is an easy hour's drive away. There are lovely beaches in the North, which don't get so busy, and as the coast is more rocky, there are little pools to play in and many shells to be found. In some areas you can pick your own shellfish for a delicious supper!

 

There is a choice of all sizes of shops, from hypermarkets in Loudéac and Pontivy, to a smaller supermarket and boulangeries in Mur de Bretagne.