Ille-et-Vilaine places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Ille-et-Vilaine department of Brittany. See also our Ille-et-Vilaine travel guide

photo of Becherel


Becherel is a pretty town and a centre for books.
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photo of Cancale


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


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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photo of Combourg


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


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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photo of Dinard Pointe de la Malouine

Dinard Pointe de la Malouine

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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photo of Dinard Pointe du Moulinet

Dinard Pointe du Moulinet

The Pointe du Moulinet in Dinard is visited for the imposing neo-gothic villas and the impressive views
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photo of Dol-de-Bretagne


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

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


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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photo of Langon


Langon is home to an ancient chapel with a Roman fresco
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photo of Mont-Dol


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


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


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


An unmissable highlight in the region, Rennes has a very picturesque medieval centre
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photo of Saint-Briac-sur-Mer


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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photo of Saint-Brice-en-Cogles


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


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


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


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


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 Ille-et-Vilaine guide

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Market towns & days in Ille-et-Vilaine

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Bain-de-Bretagne: Monday
Betton: Sunday
Bruz: Friday
Cancale: Sunday
Cesson-Sevigne: Saturday
Chateaubourg: Friday
Chateaugiron: Thursday
Combourg: Monday
Dinard: Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday
Dol-de-Bretagne: Saturday
Fougeres: Saturday
Janze: Wednesday
La Guerche-de-Bretagne: Tuesday
Liffre: Friday
Louvigne-du-Desert: Friday
Maure-de-Bretagne: Sunday
Melesse: Thursday
Montauban-de-Bretagne: Wednesday all day
Montfort-sur-Meu: Friday
Mordelles: Tuesday
Pace: Wednesday
Plelan-le-Grand: Sunday
Redon: Saturday & Monday all day & Friday
Rennes: Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday & Friday
Saint-Aubin-du-Cormier: Thursday
Saint-Lunaire: Sunday (high season only)
Saint-Malo: Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday & Friday
Saint-Meen-le-Grand: Saturday
Thorigne-Fouillard: Sunday
Tinteniac: Wednesday
Vitre: Monday

Tourist attractions to visit in Ille-et-Vilaine

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

4* Towns in Bloom



Dinard: See tourist guide

Fougeres: See tourist guide

Le Rheu

Saint-Malo: See tourist guide

Ville d'etape


Dol-de-Bretagne: See tourist guide


Saint-Brice-en-Cogles: See tourist guide

Towns of Art and History

Dinard: See tourist guide

Fougeres: See tourist guide

Rennes: See tourist guide

Vitre: See tourist guide

Sites of Natural Beauty

Pointe du Grouin

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Rennes: See tourist guide

Vitre: See tourist guide

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Jardin des fontaines et parc de l’Athanor

Jardin du château de La Ballue

Jardins de Broceliande

Jardins de Montmarin

Jardins du château de la Bourbansais

Parc du château de Bonnefontaine

Parc du château de Caradeuc

Parc floral de Haute-Bretagne

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Vitre: See tourist guide