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Classed as a ‘Biosphere Reserve’ by UNESCO, and part of the Armorique Regional Park, the island of Ouessant and the Molène Archipelago offer a striking vision of untamed beauty, and their powerful lighthouses watch over one of the busiest seafaring routes in the world, the Rail d’Ouessant. Molène has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and Ouessant is redolent of Ireland. These are among the Ponant Isles, alongside Groix and Belle-Ile in Morbihan, the Glénan Archipelago in southern Finistère, and many others, because this grouping brings together fifteen islands, all of which are have permanent inhabitants. Starting from the English Channel (from north to south) they are: Chausey Archipelago, Ile de Bréhat, Ile de Batz, Ile d’Ouessant, Ile de Molène, Ile de Sein, Glénan Archipelago, Ile de Groix, Belle-Île, Ile de Houat, Ile d’Hoëdic, Ile-aux-Moines, Ile d’Arz, Ile d’Yeu and Ile d’Aix. In fact, the islands located off the west coast of France, in the Channel and the Atlantic, form a long archipelago which is referred to as the Iles du Ponant. This name is due to their geographic location, as the word ‘ponant’ means ‘where the sun sets’.

21/09/2017 - Learn more...
Once you’ve arrived in Brittany, no doubt one of the first shops you will seek out is the bakery, ‘la boulangerie’. They are everywhere here, although there used to be more. Each village in the commune would have had their own bakery, so about 50 years ago there were no less than 17 in the commune of Moëlan sur Mer; nowadays I count five, three of which are in the town… and which are also patisseries, offering delicious cakes and pastries. Back in the day, many shops also operated as a ‘café’ alongside their principal activity, a practice which can still sometimes be seen today, so it is not uncommon in Brittany to come across a bistro which is also a hairdresser’s, a baker’s, a grocer’s, or a newsagent. This traditional style of village life does still endure in places, but of course is gradually disappearing. So, below are some of the tasty delights which you can find in ‘Les Gourmands Disent…’ and ‘La Boutique Gourmande’, the two boulangerie-pâtisseries on the square in Moëlan sur Mer, an area where many of our holiday rental properties are located.

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Finistère is the ‘most Breton’ of all the departments. Its name is derived from ‘Finis Terrae’, meaning the ends of the earth, as it is similarly called in Breton: "Penn ar Bed". It is however distinctly different from north to south and, apart from Corsica, it is the French department with the longest coastline. With the Channel to the north and the Atlantic to the west, the department boasts a number of prestigious and well-known natural sites, such as La Pointe du Raz, the Crozon Peninsula and Audierne Bay, to name but a few. And, of course, there are all the offshore islands, including Batz, the Molène archipelago, Ouessant, Sein, and the Glénan archipelago.

The French name Morbihan derives from the Breton for ‘the little sea’; thus this department in southern Brittany is named after the famous gulf which it encircles. It is a mysterious land, a paradise for migratory birds which stop off here, with its streams running through coastal heathland before disgorging into the wide ocean.

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The northern coast of Brittany, bordering the Channel. The Côtes d’Armor department encompasses these areas of coastline: la Côte d’Emeraude (Emerald Coast), la Côte de Penthièvre, Saint Brieuc Bay, la Côte de Goëlo, la Côte de Granit Rose (Pink Granite Coast); also several woodland areas, known as ‘argoat’ in Breton, where Brittany’s rivers spring up: Trégor, Guerlédan, Central Brittany, and the Dinan area. There is a close rapport between the sea and the countryside here, with plenty of lovely walks, sporting opportunities and cultural trips to enjoy, and each area within the department offers a distinct landscape and identity.

In Ille et Vilaine there is, of course, Rennes, the capital of Brittany and the region’s frontier with the rest of France. But there is also Saint Malo, a picturesque city with a corsair history, set into the waters of the Channel. And, not far up the coast from there you will find Cancale with its famous oysters. At the other end of the department lies a land of legend, the Brocéliande Forest, home of the sorcerer Merlin in the story of King Arthur.

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Quimperlé and the surrounding area is just bursting with natural, cultural and historical treasures for you to discover. Straddling land and sea, this part of Southern Finistère offers all sorts of activities for a great holiday amongst family or friends. Firstly, there are the rias, which are an emblematic feature of our region. At high tide, the sea washes up the rias and creates amazing landscapes where fauna and flora flourish of their own accord. With their quintessential Breton scenery betwixt land and sea, the Aven, Bélon and Laïta rias are ideal places for walking and various companies offer kayaking or boat trips. All along the coast, there are beaches and inlets where you can enjoy all that the seaside has to offer: supervised bathing, watersport activities, as well as less developed beaches. Tourists are delighted every year by the quality of our beaches, especially in environmental terms, and 5 beaches have been awarded the blue flag mark of distinction for clean waters. For those who like to get out on the water, between them the rias and the sea provide all sorts of nautical activities.

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The SNSM (standing for Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer) is the national lifeboat association in France. Very well known in Brittany in particular, out of all the regions of mainland France and its overseas territories, it is dedicated to saving lives at sea. A not-for-profit organisation created in 1967 by Admiral Maurice Amman, it has been recognised as a public service since 1970. Its mission is to rescue people in danger at sea, along the coastline and on beaches, voluntarily and at no charge. It is also given public service assignments as directed by regional lifeguard and lifesaving operational centres (abbreviated to CROSS in French). The organisation is mainly funded by public donations, and private partners, but around a quarter comes from the French state and local authorities. There are over 5,000 mobilisations in France each year, saving almost 10,000 people in difficulty, day and night.

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A megalith in the etymological sense is a large stone which has been set, on its own or with other stones, to create a manmade monument. There is nothing random about these monuments, they are positioned to face a certain direction, they use energy currents, and they are part of a larger whole on a regional, national or even continental scale. For example, if all the megaliths across Europe are seen as constellations, together they form a veritable star chart, a fact most non-initiates remain unaware of. Standing stones are found all over the world, and most were put in place between 5000 and 2000 BC, although in Western Europe their major development occurred in the third millennium BC. This was the Neolithic era, a prehistoric age when humans began to settle, construct villages, grow crops and raise animals. It was part of what we call the Stone Age, after which followed the Bronze Age and later still the Iron Age, which was the period when the Gauls arrived.

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Brittany is a maritime region whose climate is very influenced by its proximity to the North Atlantic Ocean and the Channel. But the effect of these two influences is different on the south coast compared to the north coast, and so the climate is not the same across the region, with temperatures in the south tending to be a few degrees higher than in the north. Brittany also has numerous microclimates, and it is common to experience several seasons in the same day; rain, sun, wind etc. As we say, here in Brittany, the weather turns out nice many times a day! With a temperate oceanic climate, this is the warmest part of France in winter, with snow and frost rare occurrences. And as temperatures in summer do not often rise above 25°C, the difference in temperature across the year is moderate. Then, in winter, the windy weather takes over, and we get the tail-end of cyclones originating at the Tropic of Cancer. Having crossed the Atlantic, they are dying out as they reach us, but they can still make for pretty violent storms here.

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Whilst holidaying in Brittany, you can’t miss visiting a crêperie – you can find one in most places. Crêpes, or ‘galettes’ as they are also known here, are almost as famous as pizzas or hamburgers and, because Bretons are great travellers, crêperies can now be found all around the world. There are two basic types of crêpe in terms of the flour used, either wheat flour for sweet crêpes or buckwheat flour for savoury crêpes. Both are usually accompanied by a bottle of cider, either ‘doux’ (the sweetest and lightest in terms of alcohol content), ‘sec’ or ‘brut’ (the driest and most alcoholic) or ‘demi-sec’ (in between). The cider is typically served in a bowl or wide cup, so you may hear people ask for “une bolée de cidre”. Or purists may order “un lait ribot”, a cup of buttermilk. Here is a homemade recipe, original in that it involves mixing the two different types of flour to create a crêpe which is equally good for sweet or savoury fillings.

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Maritime tradition has always been an important facet of Douarnenez’s history. Although only the fourth city of the Finistère ‘département’, Douarnenez can be regarded as a capital in terms of Breton heritage, thanks to its Port-Museum at Port-Rhu. Unique in France, the museum is part on land and part on water. Visitors can admire the boats anchored in the famous port, old sailing ships, boats used in the North Atlantic, all gathered together in the docks. Douarnenez can be rightly proud of its preeminent status in terms of maritime heritage. A town of contrast and colour, whose inhabitants reveal their character. A town whose history owes much to the humble sardine, enjoyed since Roman times, and the main catch in this area. A key fishing town, but especially known for conserving. Tucked away at the far side of the magnificent bay of Douarnenez, the town has retained its seafaring character, due in part to the large gatherings of old sailing ships taking place every four years.

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