Brittany places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Brittany region. See also our Brittany travel guide.

Armorique Regional Park (Finistere)

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The Armorique regional park is a lovely way to enjoy the countryside of Brittany both on and away from the coast

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Arzon (Morbihan)

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Arzon is a tiny village with basic facilities near the coast

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Audierne (Finistere)

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The picturesque harbour area and the proximity of beaches combine to endure the popularity of Audierne

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Auray (Morbihan)

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Auray is a an attractive town with lovely views across the port of Saint-Goustan

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Beauport Abbey (Cotes-d'Armor)

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The 13th century abbey at Beauport is a lovely mix of ancient abbey buildings and gardens

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Beauport Abbey Gardens (Cotes d'Armor)

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The gardens of Beauport Abbey form a charming setting for the evocative ruins.

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Becherel (Ille-et-Vilaine)

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Becherel is a pretty town and a centre for books.

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Belle Ile (Morbihan)

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Belle-Ile is the largest of the Brittany islands and has lovely coastline and pretty villages to enjoy exploring

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Benodet (Finistere)

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The long established resort of Benodet has a very scenic harbour for your promenade!

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Binic (Cotes-d'Armor)

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Binic is a small seaside resort with an attractive harbour and several beaches

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Brelevenez (Cotes-d'Armor)

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Brelevenez is a region of Lannion with a beautiful staircase leading to a medieval church

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Camaret (Finistere)

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The pleasure port, local beaches, historic monuments and prehistoric standing stones nearby all make Camaret a popular Brittany destination

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Cancale (Ille-et-Vilaine)

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Cancale is the perfect place to try the famous Brittany oysters, fresh every day!

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Cap Frehel (Cotes-d'Armor)

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Cap-Fréhel is a scenic clifftop, viewpoint and coastal path

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Carnac (Morbihan)

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Carnac is famius worldwide because of the extensive number of prehistoric standing stones and dolmens nearby

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Carnac Plage (Morbihan)

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Sooner or later you might fatigue of the thousands of prehistoric monuments in head for the small resort and beach at Carnac Plage!

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Chateau de Dinan (Cotes-d'Armor)

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Dinan castle is an imposing medieval castle which also has views across the town from the ramparts

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Chateau de Josselin (Morbihan)

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The Chateau de Josselin has a 1000 year history and includes both medieval and renaissance parts

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Chateau de Pontivy (Morbihan)

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The Chateau de Pontivy has dominated the centre of Pontivy in Morbihan since 1485

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Chateaugiron (Ille-et-Vilaine)

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The castle and towers in the heart of old Chateaugiron help explain why it is now classed as a 'small city of character'.

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Combourg (Ille-et-Vilaine)

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Combourg is best known for the Chateau de Combourg, once home to Chateaubriand, the romantic French author

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Concarneau (Finistere)

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Now listed as a town of art and history, you will find lots of interesting monuments in Concarneau

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Cote de Granit Rose (Cotes-d'Armor)

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The pink rocks and blue seas of the Cote de Granit Rose make it one of the prettiest coastlines in France

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Crozon (Finistere)

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The Crozon peninsula in western Brittany has an ideal combination of villages, coastline and beaches

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Dinan (Cotes-d'Armor)

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The extensive medieval centre of the walled town of Dinan ensure its popularity - one of our favourite Brittany towns!

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Dinan basilica of Saint-Sauveur (Cotes-d'Armor)

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The basilica of Saint-Sauveur in Dinan incorporates romanesque elements from the 12th century and gothic elements from the 15th century

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Dinan church of Saint-Malo (Cotes-d'Armor)

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The Church of Saint-Malo in Dinan is a large 15th century church with interesting architectural features

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Dinan Rue du Jerzual (Cotes-d'Armor)

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The Rue du Jerzual and the port are two of the most picturesque areas in Dinan

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Dinard (Ille-et-Vilaine)

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Dinard, estblished as a fashionable resort in the 19th century, is still one of the nicest towns in Ille-et-Vilaine

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Dinard Pointe de la Malouine (Ille-et-Vilaine)

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The Pointe de la Malouine in Dinard is a promontory west of the town centre with several 19th century villas and a coast path

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Dinard Pointe du Moulinet (Ille-et-Vilaine)

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The Pointe du Moulinet in Dinard is visited for the imposing neo-gothic villas and the impressive views

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Dol-de-Bretagne (Ille-et-Vilaine)

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The lovely old town in Dol-de-Bretagne ensure it remains one of the most popular destinations in Brittany

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Douarnenez (Finistere)

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Tourism based around the beaches and pleasure port have largely overtaken fishing as the principal industry at Douarnenez

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Emerald Coast (Ille-et-Vilaine)

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The Emerald Coast in northern Brittany is extremely popular with visitors and contains numerous places of interest, beaches and resorts

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Erquy (Cotes-d'Armor)

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Erquy is a small resort near several sandy beaches and the viewpoint at Cap d'Erquy

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Forges des Salles (Cotes-d'Armor)

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Attraction or village? The Forges des Salles was a 19th century village for workers in the forges, now restored as attraction.

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Fougeres (Ille-et-Vilaine)

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The castle and historic lower town are the main attraction, but be sure to also explore the newer upper town in Fougeres

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Guerlesquin (Finistere)

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Guerlesquin, listed as a 'small city of character', is a lovely way to see the traditional granite architecture for which Brittany is renowned

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Guingamp (Cotes-d'Armor)

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The centre of Guingamp has several colombage houses and an important basilica among its places of interest

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Guingamp Basilica of Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours (Cotes-d'Armor)

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The Basilica in Guingamp is an interesting mix of archtectural styles and includes an ancient statue of the black Virgin

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Huelgoat (Finistere)

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The walk through the ancient forest that is accessed from Huelgoat town centre is very popular with visitors

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Ile aux Moines (Morbihan)

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In the Morbihan Gulf, the Ile-aux-Moines is also very easy to reach - very enjoyable to spend a day exploring but you might not be on your own!

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Ile Brehat (Cotes-d'Armor)

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The views and landscapes of the small island of Ile-Bréhat can be explored on foot or by bike; a lovely escape from the crowds

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Ile de Groix (Morbihan)

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With a popular beach, lovely traditional cottages and scenic villages the Ile-de-Groix is one of our favourite Brittany islands

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Ile de Houat (Morbihan)

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We particularly recommend you walk the coast path around the small island of Ile-de-Houat

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Ile Molene and Ouessant (Finistere)

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The remote and barren landscapes of the Molene islands are fascinating and now a listed World Biosphere Reserve

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Ile-d'Arz (Morbihan)

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The beaches and scenery along the coastal footpath combine to make the Ile d'Arz, in the Morbihan Gulf, very popular with visitors

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Ile-de-Batz (Finistere)

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The Ile-de-Batz is one of the most popular Brittany islands, with a pretty harbour, beaches, semi-tropical gardens and scenic coastline to enjoy

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Ile-de-Sein (Finistere)

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As well as lovely scenery you will also enjoy exploring the village on the remote island of Ile-de-Sein, now listed among the most beautiful villages in France

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Iles des Glenan (Finistere)

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The uninhabited islands of the Glenan archipelago are now a popular nature reserve and diving centre

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Josselin (Morbihan)

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The castle and the river are the centre of your visit to the historic town of Josselin

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La Roche-Bernard (Morbihan)

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The river harbour and historic old town centre make La Roche-Bernard a lovely little town to visit

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La Roche-Derrien (Cotes-d'Armor)

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La Roche-Derrien is a village with medieval origins ad several medieval houses a few kilometres from the Coast of Granite Rose

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La Trinite sur Mer (Morbihan)

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The quiet harbour town of La Trinité-sur-Mer is where you can discover a traditional Brittany harbour before tourism took hold...

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Landerneau (Finistere)

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Among the highlights in the center of Landerneau, the medieval houses next to the bridge are our favourite

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Langon (Ille-et-Vilaine)

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Langon is home to an ancient chapel with a Roman fresco

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Lannion (Cotes-d'Armor)

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Lannion is an interesting detour, with several medieval houses and a pretty riverfront to explore

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Le Conquet (Finistere)

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The surrounding rocky coastline is the main attraction here, and the village of Le Conquet itself is also pleasant to explore

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Le Faou (Finistere)

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The attractive harbour and traditional wooden houses explain why Le Faou is now listed amng the most beautiful villages in France

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Le Val-André (Cotes-d'Armor)

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Le Val-André is a family friendly seaside resort on the Brittany coast

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Locmariaquer (Morbihan)

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The quiet small town of Locmariquer is best known for the famous oysters produced here, and available in the local restaurants!

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Locquirec (Finistere)

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Locquirec is a quiet tradional Brittany town, visited above all for its sandy beaches

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Locronan (Finistere)

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Locronan, listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France' is one of our favourite villages in Britany

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Lorient (Morbihan)

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Due to the fishing industry and war time damage Lorient is not a typical Brittany destination but retains some highlights such as the Submarine Museum

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Moncontour (Cotes-d'Armor)

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The highlight in Moncontour is exploring the streets of half-timbered houses within the medieval defensive walls

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Mont-Dol (Ille-et-Vilaine)

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Mont Dol is a small village with a hill top on which stands a windmill and a small chapel.

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Morbihan Gulf (Morbihan)

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The Gulf of Morbihan, almost a protected lagoon on the southern coast of Brittany has various islands and places of interest

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Morgat (Finistere)

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The long sandy beach at Morgat has been the centre of activity here for more than 100 years, since the resort was first established

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Morlaix (Finistere)

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The pleasure port is the center of activity in the lively town of Morlaix

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Paimpol (Cotes-d'Armor)

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The harbour and the traditional small houses combine to make Paimpol a very interesting town to explore

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Paimpont (Ille-et-Vilaine)

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Paimpont is well known for its 'magical forest', part of the ancient forests that once covered Brittany

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Pedernec (Cotes-d'Armor)

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Pédernec is a small village with a pretty church and two chapels near Guingamp

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Perros-Guirec (Cotes-d'Armor)

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Peros-Guirec is a popular town in the heart of the beautiful Cote de Granit Rose

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Plancoet (Cotes-d'Armor)

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Quiet when compared with the coast towns in Brittany, Plancoet and the nearby valley of the Arguenon river merit exploration

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Pleumeur-Bodou (Cotes-d'Armor)

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Pleumeur-Bodou is a small town in north Brittany with several popular tourist attractions including a planetarium

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Plevenon (Cotes-d'Armor)

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Plévenon is a small village in Brittany near Cap Fréhel

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Plouezoch (Finistere)

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At Plouezoc'h you wil enjoy a stroll around the town, and the view to the Chateau de Taurea on a small island

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Ploumanac'h (Cotes-d'Armor)

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Ploumanac'h is a small village that is very well situated for exploring the beautiful Coast of Granite Rose i Brittany

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Pointe du Roselier (Cotes-d'Armor)

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The Pointe du Roselier is a beautiful view of the cliffs and Bay of Saint-Brieuc, in northern Brittany

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Pont l'Abbe (Finistere)

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One of the quieter towns in Finistere, the port in Pont-l'Abbé and the walk long the river make for a very pleasant visit

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Pont-Aven (Finistere)

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The watermills and harbour area give Pont-Aven its own special appeal

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Pont-Croix (Finistere)

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The Collegiale Church of Notre-Dame de Roscudon and the narow surrounding streets are the highlight of your visit to Pont-Croix

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Pontivy (Morbihan)

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Pontivy is particularly interesting because it has a medieval old town and also a region added in the Napoleonic era to explore

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Pontrieux (Cotes-d'Armor)

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The canals, river and port in Pontrieux - and the famous washhouses - make it a very scenic town to explore

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Port de Crouesty (Morbihan)

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Port Crouesty is a new port development near Arzon, with a picturesque wak around the headland

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Port Navalo (Morbihan)

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Port Navalo is a small traditional and unspoiled port near Arzon

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Quiberon (Morbihan)

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Apart from the town itself, the main attraction here is the scenery and beaches along the coast of the Quiberon peninsula

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Quimper (Finistere)

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The important town of Quimper is also one of the most visited in Brittany, especially for the half-timbered houses and the cathedral

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Quimperle (Finistere)

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The extremely pretty centre of Quimperlé make it one of the loveliest small towns in Finistere

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Redon (Ille-et-Vilaine)

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Combining and active port with the cobbled streets of the old town, Redon is very enjoyable to explore

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Rennes (Ille-et-Vilaine)

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An unmissable highlight in the region, Rennes has a very picturesque medieval centre

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Rochefort-en-Terre (Morbihan)

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Now listed as one of the 'most beautiful villages in France' you will enjoy a stroll around the centre of Rochefort-en-Terre and a look at the castle

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Roscoff (Finistere)

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Think Roscoff is just a ferry terminal? Take time o explore the historic centre!

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Sables-d'Or-les-Pins (Cotes-d'Armor)

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Sables-d'Or-les-Pins is a lovely beach on the Brittany coast

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Saint-Briac-sur-Mer (Ille-et-Vilaine)

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The resort of Saint-Briac-sur-Mer is an attractive destination with lovely views, several beaches and a charming village centre

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Saint-Brice-en-Cogles (Ille-et-Vilaine)

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Most visitors to Saint-Brice-en-Cogles also enjoy the tour of the local castles and manor houses

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Saint-Brieuc (Cotes-d'Armor)

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Saint-Brieuc has a cathedral and a historic centre with several medieval houses to see

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Saint-Cast-le-Guildo (Cotes-d'Armor)

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Saint-cast-le-Guildo is a small seaside resort with a sandy beach and easy access to attractive coastal scenery

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Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys (Morbihan)

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The quiet village of Saint-Guildas is visited for the Abbey Church and the natural harbour

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Saint-Goustan (Morbihan)

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The picturesque harbour area of Saint-Goustan is a lovely place for a promenade after exploring the town of Auray

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Saint-Jacut-de-la-Mer (Cotes-d'Armor)

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Saint-Jacut-de-la-Mer is a small town on a peninsula in Brittany that is surrounded by beaches

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Saint-Lunaire (Ille-et-Vilaine)

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Saint-Lunaire is a small resort, established west of Dinard in the 19th century

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Saint-Malo (Ille-et-Vilaine)

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We were pleased to discover that Saint-Malo, often considered a ferry port, is also an exceptional town to explore

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Saint-Pol-de-Leon (Finistere)

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The highlight of your visit to Saint-Pol-de-Léon migh be the 15th century Cathedral Saint-Paul-Aurelien - or it might be a nearby beach!

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Saint-Quay-Portrieux (Cotes-d'Armor)

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Saint-Quay-Portrieux is a small resort in Brittany, with a sandy beach and a port

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Saint-Suliac (Ille-et-Vilaine)

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Saint Suliac is a beautiful village on the estuary of the River Rance in Brittany.

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Sainte-Anne d'Auray (Morbihan)

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This ensemble of religious monuments in Sainte-Anne-d'Auray was a most unexpected discovery in southern Brittany

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Sarzeau (Morbihan)

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See Suscinio Castle and the Gardens of Chateau de Kerlevenan in Sarzeau before heading to one of the beaches to the south

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Trebeurden (Cotes-d'Armor)

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Trebeurden is a small resort with a sandy beach on the pretty Cote de Granit Rose

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Tregastel (Cotes-d'Armor)

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The resort of Tregastel has one of the nicest beaches in the area, and we also enjoyed following the coast path near here

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Treguier (Cotes-d'Armor)

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The cathedral and the 15th century half-timbered houses combine to make Treguier a particularly interesting town to visit

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Treguier cathedral (Cotes-d'Armor)

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Tréguier cathedral is a gothic style cathedral with a beautiful cloister

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Vannes (Morbihan)

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An unmissable highlight in this region of Brittany, the half-timbered houses in the centre of Vannes make it one of our favourite French medieval towns

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Vitre (Ille-et-Vilaine)

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A town not be missed, Vitré has a superb historic centre with numerous fascinating medieval buildings

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For more information see the Brittany guide


Tourist attractions to visit in Brittany

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...


Aquarium de Vannes

Aquarium marin de Trégastel


Enclos paroissial decorative churches






La Martyre

La Roche Maurice








Saint Thégonnec


Grand Sites of France

Beauport Abbey: Tourist guide

Cap d'Erquy / Cap Frehel: Tourist guide

Massif Dunaire de Gavres-Quiberon

Pointe du Raz

UNESCO world heritage sites

Camaret-sur-Mer tour dorée (Vauban fortifications): Tourist guide

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Carnac: Tourist guide

Ile-de-Sein: Tourist guide

Locronan: Tourist guide

National Monuments

Cairn de Barnenez

Maison Ernest Renan

Megalithic site of Carnac: Tourist guide

Megaliths of Locmariaquer: Tourist guide

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Dinan: Tourist guide

Paimpol: Tourist guide


Vitre: Tourist guide

Regional Natural Parcs

Armorique: Tourist guide

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Dinan: Tourist guide

Rennes: Tourist guide

Treguier: Tourist guide

Vannes: Tourist guide

Vitre: Tourist guide

Towns of Art and History

Concarneau: Tourist guide

Dinan: Tourist guide

Dinard: Tourist guide

Fougeres: Tourist guide

Lorient: Tourist guide

Quimper: Tourist guide

Rennes: Tourist guide

Vannes: Tourist guide

Vitre: Tourist guide

Ville d'etape


Dol-de-Bretagne: Tourist guide



Josselin: Tourist guide



4* Towns in Bloom




Dinard: Tourist guide

Fougeres: Tourist guide

La Gacilly

La Vraie-Croix

Lannion: Tourist guide

Le Rheu

Pontrieux: Tourist guide

Quimper: Tourist guide


Rochefort-en-Terre: Tourist guide



Saint-Malo: Tourist guide

Vannes: Tourist guide

Zoo or wildlife park

Parc zoologique du château de Branféré

Zoo de Pont-Scorff

Zooparc de Trégomeur