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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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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.

21/06/2016 - Learn more...
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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Welcome to the land of the ‘Rias’, the coastline around Moëlan sur Mer, Clohars Carnoët and Riec sur Belon. Here, between land, sea and river, the south coast of Finistère has a well kept secret to reveal… A series of little ports nestle along this stretch of the coast and are a delight to explore, whether by road, by boat or on foot by way of the coastal paths. Doëlan, Brigneau, Le Pouldu, Merrien, Bélon and Rosbras; each of these ports have their own character for visitors to discover. Their unique landscapes, although immortalised by the painters of the Pont-Aven School, are constantly being redrawn with the ever-changing light and nuances of colour. Typical of Brittany, ‘rias’ are coastal river valleys which are invaded by seawater. These estuaries are known as ‘abers’ in northern Brittany, and ‘avens’ or ‘rias’ in southern Brittany.

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Concarneau’s ‘ville close’, or walled town, encircled by ramparts and dominated by a belfry, is a defining feature of France’s third most important fishing port. Within its historic streets of granite houses, there is even a museum dedicated to fishing. Installed in the former dockyard, the museum’s varied collections show how fishing has been central throughout Concarneau’s history. The museum continues outside, with several vessels in the water, including a trawler. Take a stroll along the ramparts for a lovely view over the town and its ports – the leisure marina, the fishing harbour, and the commercial port – as well as the bustling quaysides all around. Not to be missed is the big ‘Filets Bleus’ (Blue Nets) festival in mid-August, a traditional Breton cultural spectacle. This fortified island known as the ‘ville close’ was originally home to a community of fishermen, who fished in the bay. Next a priory was established by the monks of Landévennec Abbey. The first fortifications around the little island, then known as Conq, appeared in the 13th century. But the major construction took place in the 15th century and the town started to be referred to as Conq-Kerne, meaning ‘Bay of Cornouaille’ in the Breton language, and it quickly became one of the very first citadels in Brittany, a ducal city then a royal one.

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Have you ever dreamt of living in a chocolate box pretty, stone built, thatched cottage? It would only have remained a dream in England, but in France….. well, we have three of them!
Whilst we were both busy at work in the materialistic rat-race that we’re in, in England we had talked about another dream of moving to France in later years, for an easier pace of life and potentially running a holiday cottage for some income. Redundancy struck early; following the repercussions of the 9/11 terrorist attack in America. We realised that this was giving us the opportunity to bring forward that dream, so we spent a number of months researching the implications of a move, how to move and importantly, where to move...Architecture, climate and ease of access to the U.K. both for potential clients to arrive and for us to return on family visits, resulted in us narrowing down the desired destination as Brittany, preferably Morbihan –with its positive micro-climate. We decided to rent a property for an initial 3 months, over the winter season, to see properties in the ‘worst’ season. We found a suitable cottage near Redon, where we could arrange phone and internet connectivity, on the Morbihan border. With accommodation and ferry tickets booked, we started organising property appointments with estate agents (immobiliers) ready to hit the ground running our first week in France.

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A real picture postcard view of Brittany, indeed debatably its most emblematic sight, the 70 metre high rocky headland of La Pointe du Raz dominates the coastline. The shape of the Ile de Sein, an island directly offshore, is visible on the horizon when the weather is fair, and the stretch of sea between the two is known as the Raz de Sein; dotted with rocks, it is feared by sailors. This point bears the brunt of many of a storm, and Trespassers’ Bay heading north towards the Pointe du Van headland is aptly named, as shipwrecks have been frequent in this area over the ages. La Pointe du Raz has a rare beauty when swept by tumultuous winds from the ocean, a spectacle showing nature’s wild side. Improvements have recently been made and it is now a protected site, with 800 metres to walk from the (paying) car park to reach the famous statue ‘La Vierge de Naufragés’ (Virgin of the Shipwrecked) and the semaphore station, which overlook the most westerly point in France.

17/01/2015 - Learn more...
The ‘Festival Interceltique’ in Lorient attracted crowds of 750,000 people in 2014, eclipsing the numbers drawn by Brittany’s other major festivals, the Vieilles Charrues and the Festival des Cornouailles, at 225,000 and 200,000 respectively. The duration of the festival – 11 days – certainly contributes to the significant number of festival-goers, with the port city of Lorient literally pulsating with Celtic music for the first half of August each year.... ‘Memory and dreams of the Celtic world’ was the catchphrase for the festival in 2014, and special honour and focus was given to Ireland, a country considered by all to be deeply linked to the Celtic spirit. The Celtic imagination lives in the legends, imagery and landscape of Ireland, but also resonates in its music as the festival’s musicians brilliantly demonstrated, sometimes accompanied by dancers.

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