Diverse Peninsula in the West of France
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Brittany is a diverse peninsula in the west of France. This region has many kilometres of coastline. With countless beautiful viewpoints and rugged nature areas. But there are more attractions to discover. Find out all the information on the highlights in Brittany. In this articles you'll also find the most fun tours and excursions, and good accommodations to stay.
A tour through Brittany is a wonderful journey. If you want to travel the peninsula, you should really go by car; either your own car or a rental car. But there are many places where you just have to put on your hiking shoes and wander off.
Brittany is full of countless lookout points overlooking the coast. With well-known names like Cap Fréhel, Île de Bréhat and Pointe du Raz. The motto is to blow away the cobwebs. Or choose Presqu’ile de Crozon, the name alone invites you. It is one of the most famous western points of Brittany.
There are, for example, rare pink granite blocks to be found. Writers like Victor Hugo and Gustave Flaubert were inspired by the ocean. Besides that, Brittany has many characteristic villages and cities. Various hiking routes end at Les Tas de Pois at Pointe de Penhir.
The famous Carnac in Brittany is world-renowned for its numerous prehistoric monuments. These monuments consist of large stones, arranged in patterns or standing individually. It is one of the most remarkable places in France with a unique history.
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Another well-known spot is Mont Saint-Michel. This world-famous small, rocky tidal island has a medieval town on top. From a distance, it looks like a fairytale. You can enjoy mudflat hiking, shopping and taking photos here. Often associated with Brittany, but actually located in Normandy.
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This is something really special. The Passage du Gois is a road that connects the island of Noirmoutier with the mainland Beauvoir-sur-Mer. Although it is not always visible, the road is regularly submerged. It is one of the most remarkable roads in France.
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The pink rocks of Ploumanac'h in the Perros Guirec region are world-famous. This rock coast is a staggering 13 kilometers long. A footpath has been constructed so that you can get a good look at the rocks.
The best time is around sunset, when the rocks turn extra red. The lighthouse is also well worth a visit. These rocks are located in the northern part of Brittany near the town of Lannion.
This French region offers a wide range of hotels, bed & breakfasts, and gites. You can find them in cities, villages, and even in the countryside. I chose a mix of cities and remote locations so that I could spend a few days hiking and exploring the city with a nice café on other days. There is plenty available. Especially in spring and autumn, the prices are quite reasonable. This also applies to the crowds.
About 70 meters above sea level you can visit the Cap Fréhel peninsula. It's perfect for a nice walk, where you will come across lighthouses and a historical fort. Part of Cap Fréhel is a bird reserve, where you can see birds such as puffins, razorbills, shags, kittiwakes, and northern fulmars. The walking path follows the coast to the famous Fort La Latte.
Fougères is a 1000-year-old fortified city in Brittany. Where you can walk among the half-timbered houses and cobbled streets in Vieil, the oldest district of the city. The impressive fortress castle dates back to 1020 and has grown larger over the centuries. It is one of the largest castles in Europe. Don't forget to visit the public garden above the medieval district around the church.
The GR34 Hiking Trail is also known as the Sentier des Douaniers. This long-distance route is 2,000 kilometres long and stretches from Mont-Saint-Michel to Saint-Nazaire. Of course, you can also hike parts of it. Some of the popular sections include: From Paimpol to Perros Guirec, through the Morlaix Bay, from Pointe du Raz to Pointe Penière, and across the Quiberon Peninsula.
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If you like old towns this is perfect for you. Dinan is best known for its city walls that stretch over 3 kilometres. According to many visitors, it is one of the most picturesque towns in France. The town is located on the River Rance. The higher part is fortified and easily explored on foot. You can visit the Château de Dinan on a guided tour.
The Les Sept Îles archipelago is located off the coast of Brittany. Hundreds of thousands of birds live in this area. You can visit the bird sanctuaries on a boat excursion. Les Sept Îles is the most important bird sanctuary in France. The main attraction is the thousands of Northern gannets that breed here. But you can also spot cormorants, common guillemots, and razorbills. Tours depart from the Perros-Guirec ferry terminal.
The port city of Saint-Malo is located in the northern part of Brittany. Its main attraction is the old city wall, which is still standing. The Saint-Vincent Cathedral towers over the old city. The old city is called Ville Intra-Muros and is connected to the l'Eventoil beach. You can visit the Saint-Malo Castle for a beautiful view. The Grand Aquarium Saint-Malo is also worth a visit.
The Brittany peninsula is popular among travellers. You can enjoy hiking here, whether it's through the countryside or along the coast. The landscape, with its shores, is wonderfully rugged and diverse. Take your time in this area, as there is plenty to see and do.
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