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Brittany: tourism and sightseeing

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Visit Brittany, France

Brittany has an exceptional coastline with many beaches, fishing villages and islands, a remarkable historical heritage to be seen in the towns and villages and some of the finest prehistoric landmarks in the world - just a few of the reasons why so many people visit Brittany year after year!

Brittany tourism

Brittany is situated in north-west France with the English channel to the north, the Bay of Biscay to the south, and Rennes as region capital.

With 2000 kilometres of coast, numerous islands and beaches, ports and historical towns there is a great deal to discover - much more than you can expect to visit in a fortnight! For the most popular coastal destinations in the region see Brittany beaches and resorts

Places to visit in Brittany with reviews from France This Way

Brittany travel guide and highlights

Departments in Brittany: an introduction

Below we introduce each of the four departments in Brittany, and offer suggestions and highlights for each to help you decide which is right for you - we also have detailed reviews of each the departments and many of the highlights and a separate feature about the highlights around the Brittany coast...

Ille-et-Vilaine - eastern Brittany

With less coast and more countryside than the other regions of Brittany, the Ille-et-Vilaine is an easily accessible and popular department around Rennes in eastern Brittany and along the coast to the west of Mont-Saint-Michel, here known as the Emerald Coast.

Medieval Fougeres in Brittany

As well as the beaches and coastal attractions, the town of Dol-de-Bretagne is a few kilometres inland, with other highlights including Rennes and the medieval town of Vitré - all three have interesting historical town centres.

Pretty Fougeres and its renowned castle is 20 km to the north of Vitré, while Saint-Suliac, classified among the most beautiful villages in France, is to the north-east of the Ile-et-Vilaine.

Other places of interest include Combourg and its chateau between Rennes and the impressive port town of Saint-Malo, while further east you should also visit Cancale and Dinard.

See the Ille-et-Vilaine travel guide for highlights and detailed tourist information

Cotes d'Armor - northern Brittany and popular beach resorts

The Cotes d'Armor includes most of the northern coastline of Brittany, and is best known for the many scenic highlights along the coast - but like all regions in Brittany there is also much to discover when you venture inland...

Perros-Guirec, Brittany, France

Most visits will include a trip along the famous coast of pink granite around Perros-Guirec, and trips to see Cap-Fréhel and Cap Erquy (a scenic natural highlight) and also nearby Fort la Latte and Tregastel.

Other notable sights along the coast include the picturesque port of Dinan, also Paimpol and the cathedral town of Treguier, the riverside port town of Pontrieux to the south and you can visit the large port / town of Lannion to the north-west.

Highlights inland from the coast include Plancoet, and a short distance from Saint-Brieuc you can visit Moncontour, once the centre of Brittany's linen production.

See the Cotes d'Armor travel guide for tourist information

Finistere - western Brittany

Finistere is the department that occupies the western, most isolated part of Brittany. The coast is quite rugged and exposed in places - and very beautiful - and the region also includes the Armorique Regional Park and the large port town of Brest.

Douarnenez, Brittany, France

In northern Finistere you should visit Morlaix, nearby Saint-Pol-de-Leon, and also the busy town of Landerneau while further west you can see one of the 'most beautiful villages in France' at Le Faou and also the village of Le Conquet.

To the south-west the highlights of the Crozon peninsula include the scenery, Camaret, nearby Pointe de Pen-Hir, and another 'most beautiful village' at Locronan.

You can visit the boat 'museum' in the harbour at Douarnenez, and also nearby Pont-Croix, explore Audierne and then perhaps head to Plouezoch to see the Chateau de Taureau and the Cairn de Barnenez, then to the south of Finistere the highlights include the large historical town of Quimper, the popular resort of Benodet, the port at Concarneau and the town of Quimperlé.

See the Finistere travel guide for tourist information

Morbihan - prehistory and medieval towns in southern Brittany

In south-west Brittany, most visits to Morbihan are based around the Gulf of Morbihan and the numerous prehistoric sites and monuments.

Locmariaquer, Brittany, France

Prehistoric sites are found in many places in Brittany, with the 'epicentre' of these prehistoric monuments being around Carnac, and also at nearby Locmariaquer, where numerous megaliths can be seen.

Other highlights in the department include the attractive fishing port at Lorient and the town of Pontivy.

See also the lovely town and port at Auray and the medieval centre of Vannes, two of the most attractive towns in the region, then inland in Morbihan don't miss Josselin Castle and, to the south of Josselin, the river port town of Rochefort-en-Terre.

See the Morbihan travel guide for tourist information

Six unmissable highlights of a visit to Brittany

Rochefort-en-TerreThe historical centre of Rochefort-en-Terre is one of our favourite villages in France
Rochefort-en-Terre

 

CarnacCarnac has more prehistoric monuments and standing stones than anywhere else in Europe.
Carnac

 

Perros GuirecIn the heart of the Granite Coast, Perros-Guirec has easy access to some very lovely coastal walks
Perros-Guirec

 

dinard One of our favourite towns in Brittany, Dinard is well known for its belle-epoque villas
Dinard

 

Morbihan GulfThe Morbihan Gulf is well placed for exploring the islands off the southern coast of Brittany.
Morbihan Gulf

 

VannesAn extensive historical centre and lively atmosphere make Vannes an unmissable highlight of your visit
Vannes

 
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For beaches, resorts, islands and coastal highlights in Brittany see Brittany beaches and coast.

French version: Brittany (Francais)

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