Holidays in Brittany

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Brittany Overview

Visiting Brittany

Just like Britain, but with a particularly mild climate, unforgettable sunsets, glorious beaches, picture-postcard villages and historic cities. A stone’s throw from the channel ports. So near and yet so deliciously far, what’s to stop you spending your holiday in Brittany?

Feel Brittany

It’s the shortest of hops to the longest of coastlines. If you’re into bucket and spades there’s mile after mile of sandy beaches, rockpools, lighthouses and sailing regattas in the summer. If you’re into ice buckets and white wine, there’s chic towns and peaceful hamlets where you can goggle at traditional Breton costumes and lace headdresses being worn from a seaside restaurant.

Explore Brittany

Close to the sea, see Carnac’s prehistoric standing stones. Or go east to the Gulf of Morbihan, an inland sea scattered with tiny islands offering spectacular scenery. Soft sandy beaches and calm waters, from Carnac to La Baule, await your pleasure, whilst inland Brittany’s lush interior reveals vivacious towns, peaceful hamlets, spectacular heathlands, ancient forests and imposing châteaux.

Places to visit - Sightseeing

Brittany offers a host of fabulous cities and tourist attractions for every visitor. These are just some of the most popular places to go, though there are literally hundreds more:

Mont St Michel
Just across the border with Normandy, this magnificent Benedictine abbey dates back to the eighth century and offers a blend of Gothic and Romanesque architecture as well as a simply stunning location atop a rocky outcrop in the sands.

The Carnac Stones
Close to both Carnac and La Trinité-Sur-Mer, this unmissable sight comprises of more than 3000 standing stones or Menhirs erected by the pre-Celtic people of Brittany, some dating from 4,500 BC.

Brest
This wonderful old naval port enjoys a perfect location on one of France’s most glorious natural harbours. Yet while the sea views from the bustling quays are amazing, you’ll also want to see the impressive Pont de l'Iroise Bridge and visit Océanopolis.

Océanopolis
Taking a fascinating look at the flora and fauna of Polar, Tropical and Temperate oceans, this stunning centre offers you 50 different aquaria and thousands of sea species to discover; from sea lions to sharks, penguins to puffer fish.

Quimper
With its picturesque streets of medievalt, half-timbered Breton buildings, the fortified city of Quimper is a wonderful place for simply strolling, though it is also home to the magnificent Cathedral of St Corentin and the unmissable Musée des Beaux-Arts.

Musée des Beaux-Arts
This wonderful museum features a superb collection of paintings and drawings by a wide variety of artists from across Europe, including Francesco Albani,  Paul Serusier, Rubens and Max Jacob.

Concarneau
This ancient port remains key to the fishing industry in France; and visitors here may still join sardine boats for a real adventure. Its main attraction however is the ‘ville close’, the old walled town, where the streets are narrow and the restaurants are a delight.

St Nazaire
Best-known for its wartime history, St Nazaire is still home to France’s ship and plane-building industries. So it is a fascinating place to visit for boat and plane buffs, as well as those with an interest in the famous world war two raid, Operation Chariot.

St Malo
While St Malo is a busy and popular ferry port, it is also one of the prettiest and most charming cities you will ever see. The old town inside the walled part of the city in particular is a maze of lovely cobbled streets and towering granite buildings.

Great for younger kids

Zone de l’hippo
Close to Quimper, this indoor centre offers a host of activities for babies and toddlers right up to 12 year-olds, including trampolines, ball pools, bouncy castles, electric go-karts, pedal cars, table tennis and amusements.

Odet Loisirs
Offering a host of indoor and outdoor activities including pedaloes, water slides, foam ball cannons, trampolines and bouncy adventure centre, Odet Loisirs is the ideal place all young children to spend the day, and all within 15 minutes of Quimper.

Great for older kids

Alligator Bay
Adjacent to Mont St Michel, Alligator Bay offers them 10,000 square metres of adventure that includes the largest collection of alligators in Europe, not to mention a host of turtles, lizards, reptiles, scary bridges and wobbly pontoons.

Site de l’Etang de Boulet
When you want watersports, you’ll find them all at the fabulous lake. Beginner or advanced, you’ll find kayaks, dinghies, pedalos and windsurfing here, complete with expert instruction if you need it.

Foret Adrénaline
With parcs close to both Carnac and Rennes, Foret Adrenalines are the ideal places for children and teens to enjoy high adventure, climbing and zip wires in the midst of stunning woodland.

Places to visit - Activities & events

Sailing, kayaking and windsurfing
You will find watersports activities dotted all around the coast of Brittany. Just look out for the Point Passion Plage signs to find ready-rigged watercraft and qualified instructors.

Surfing
The waters around Brittany are ideal for surfing and you will find superb surfing beaches, and schools here, especially around the Pointe du Raz and Pointe du Van.

Mountain Biking
There are more than 120 miles of dedicated mountain-biking trails to enjoy in Brittany, accessible through a host of specialist centres. Variation Tout Terrain in Rennes and Station VTT at Arguenon-Hunaudaye are among the best.

Horse Riding
Brittany’s lovely countryside is the perfect place for equestrian activities. Enjoy trekking and riding at a host of centres, including La Foucherie in Cardroc and Haras de la Mer Blanche in Fousenant, close to Benodet.

Hiking
While there are few places in Brittany that aren’t worth exploring on foot, you might like to explore the designated hiking routes that criss-cross Brittany. Look out for Promenades et Randonnées (PR), circular walks marked with a yellow line that last anywhere from an hour to a day.

Fishing
The rich waters of the Atlantic mean that there are 1700 miles of fine coastal fishing in Brittany. Yet inland you will also find a host of lakes and rivers that make Brittany a favourite spot for fishermen the world over.

Unmissable events in Brittany

Spi Ouest-France - Every April in la Trinité-sur-Mer
If you like sailing, you’ll love this spectacular regatta which takes place in the clear waters of Quiberon Bay every April, where all classes of single-hull yacht have been coming to race since 1978.

Jazz in Vannes - Every July
For more than 30 years, Vannes has been playing host to the Jazz world’s biggest names every July. From Taj Mahal to Stephane Grapelli and Buena Vista Social Club. If you like your jazz hot, you’ll love it here.

Festival des Arts de la Rue - Every August in Morlaix
If you like street theatre, jugglers, acrobats and strolling players, this annual festival in Morlaix should be right up your street.

Route du Rock- Every August in StMalo
Every August for the last 20 years, the best new British pop and rock bands, including the likes of Radiohead have played stages throughout St Malo. A world away from the mud of Glastonbury…

Places to visit - Eating out

Every region of France takes pride in its own cuisine, and Brittany is no exception. These are just some of the culinary delights that await you here:

  • Moules Mariniere - delicious mussels from the bay of Mont St Michel.  Great with frites and local bread.
  • Crépes - pancakes that are often called Galettes when they come with a savoury filling and Crépes when filled with something sweet or served with lemon and sugar.
  • Cider and Muscadet – the locally made ciders and wine are the perfect accompaniments to the local cuisine.
  • Gâteau Breton - a rich and buttery cake you will find in every self-respecting boulangerie.

Campsites in region

Château de Galinée, St Cast, Brittany
Château de Galinée | St Cast

You’ll be strolling along the beach at St. Cast and suddenly you’ll realise what the one thing is that sets holidays in northern France apart - the space. There are endless, uncrowded beaches and generous, well-designed parcs. Yes, you have space enough to breathe, to unwind and to enjoy France’s northern edge.

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Château des Ormes, Dol-de-Bretagne, Brittany
Domaine des Ormes | Dol-de-Bretagne

Brittany's coast and countryside combine to create a backdrop to holidays where new adventures are delivered, fresh, each morning.

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Le Ranolien, Perros-Guirec, Brittany
Le Ranolien | Perros-Guirec

For your slice of pink granite coast, head straight to Le Ranolien, a perfectly landscaped parc that is lined with colourful hedges and trees.

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Les Mouettes, Carantec, Brittany
Les Mouettes | Carantec

How brave are you? Brave enough to tackle the ultimate water slide? Then head to Les Mouettes - a parc where endless watery escapades are in store.

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Pointe St. Gilles, Bénodet, Brittany
La Pointe St. Gilles | Bénodet

Looking for a taste of the French seaside? Then Bénodet is the place for you. Truly an outdoor-lover’s resort, its coastal promenade is lined with restaurants, pedalos, trampolines and beach clubs.

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L'Atlantique, Beg-Meil, Brittany
L'Atlantique | Beg-Meil

How do you like your water slides? Bumpy and curvy, or twisty with lots of turns? Whatever your preference, you’ll find it at L’Atlantique’s pool complex.

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Ty Nadan, Arzano, Brittany
Le Ty-Nadan | Arzano

If your ideal holiday means non-stop action and trying your hand at new things, then Le Ty-Nadan is the parc for you.

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Les Deux Fontaines, Nevez, Brittany
Les Deux Fontaines | Nevez

Looking for a parc that’s packed with fun but enough of your own space to unwind at the same time? We reckon you should give Les Deux Fontaines, one of our best-loved Breton parcs, a try.

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Raguénès-Plage, Brittany
Raguénès-Plage | Raguénès-Plage

Pass by West Brittany’s peaceful nature reserves, lined with Blue Flag beaches, and you’ll stumble upon Raguenès, a pretty, flower-filled parc. And, talking of flowers, don’t miss the Rospico Botanical Gardens on your way back home.

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Les Menhirs, Carnac Plage, Brittany
Des Menhirs | Carnac Plage

Brittany certainly isn’t short of magnificent beaches. So when we tell you that Des Menhirs is next to one of the best, you’ll know you’re in for a real treat.

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La Grande Métairie, Carnac, Brittany
La Grande Métairie | Carnac

It won’t take long to discover that La Grande Métairie, situated in mature woodland, is the sort of parc that rewards exploration.

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La Baie, La Trinité-sur Mer, Brittany
La Baie | La Trinité-sur Mer

If you’re looking for your fill of sun, and beaches on your doorstep, let us introduce you to La Baie.

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La Plage, La Trinité-sur Mer, Brittany
La Plage | La Trinité-sur Mer

Getting back to nature doesn’t mean foregoing life’s little luxuries. Stroll around the pretty gardens of La Plage, set amidst the well-kept gardens of an old Breton farmhouse, and you’ll see what we mean.

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Le Mané Guernehué pool and slides
Le Mané Guernehué | Baden

With a lovely rural setting close to the gorgeous Gulf of Morbihan and within easy reach of some beautiful towns, Le Mané Guernehué is great for families.

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L'Orangerie de Lanniron
L'Orangerie de Lanniron | Quimper

Close to medieval Quimper, L'Orangerie de Lanniron is a peaceful, beautifully kept parc with the stunning Château and gardens at its centrepiece.

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Apartments in region

Port du Crouesty Football
Port du Crouesty | Arzon

A modern marina created within a natural hook in Brittany's wild coastline, Port Du Crouesty should be high on the holiday list of those who love the sea: whether it's sailing, beachcombing, fishing or simply enjoying the fruits de la mer.

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Cap Coz Pool
Cap Coz | Fouesnant

Rising from a sandy spit of land, which almost feels like an island, Cap Coz is perfectly placed to enjoy a spot of sunbathing on the pine-tree backed beaches, or a boat trip to the wildlife sanctuaries of the Glénan Islands.

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Port du Crouesty Cap Ocean Pool
Port du Crouesty Cap Océan | Brittany

A modern marina created within a natural hook in Brittany's wild coastline, Port Du Crouesty should be high on the holiday list of those who love the sea: whether it's sailing, beachcombing, fishing or simply enjoying the fruits de la mer.

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Cap Marine Pool
Cap Marine | Nr. Le Guilvinec

Get ready to unwind to the timeless rhythms of a Breton fishing port - where, each morning, the pocket-sized harbour jostles with activity, and locals line-up at the boulangerie for fresh bread.

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Location reviews

Brittany reviews collected by Reevoo

Overall rating
8.7
Scores 8.7 out of 10 based on 2529 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
10 out of 10

David and Christine

Stockport Cheshire
Love it because it is so convenient to get to once over the drink we haven't far to travel for any of your sights.
Confirmed stay: 30 September 2013
6 out of 10

Bob

Sutton Coldfield
Our view of Brittany was not helped by the poor weather, but we did enjoy our stay., and would recommend it it to any other holidaymaker.
Confirmed stay: 23 September 2013
9 out of 10

Jenny

Mohon Brittany
An outstanding site with great facilities for all the family,you will struggle to find better.
Confirmed stay: 22 September 2013
10 out of 10

Carol

cardiff
we love Brittany and the parc is very near St Malo which is a favourite of ours
Confirmed stay: 22 September 2013
9 out of 10

Jayne

Colchester
Lots of different places to visit. Beaches, historical towns, shopping. We only scratched the surface in a week.
Confirmed stay: 22 September 2013
8 out of 10

Hazel

Glasgow
Interesting culture and places of interest
Confirmed stay: 22 September 2013
9 out of 10

Peter

Camborne
Brittany is beautiful, the wine is cheap and good quality compared to what we can buy here in the UK
Confirmed stay: 22 September 2013
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