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Experience the beauty of a Breton storm.

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.

However this doesn’t mean we do not experience distinct seasons. We often have beautiful weather towards the end of the summer holiday season, with September being particularly nice usually – and as an aside there are less people about at this time, with beaches being almost deserted! The end of the season is often marked by the first storm, generally around the autumn equinox, but sometimes in October or even November.

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.

A bit of rain and wind is not a problem for Bretons; if it blows under 100km per hour (60mph) we don’t worry! In fact, we see it as a great opportunity to go for a lovely walk along the coast to watch the sea-spray, and the whole dramatic natural spectacle, the force of the elements played out before us. And the light is often superb, with the sun piercing through sinister dark clouds, heavy with rain.

But be careful, because of course it can be dangerous to venture along a coastal path without taking proper account of the force of the wind and the power of the waves. Waves crashing on the rocks can sometimes reach a height of 40 metres, and take you by surprise. All but very experienced professionals avoid going out to sea in this type of weather.

Sea fishermen do not go out, but the national lifeboat association (Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer) is ‘on call’, ready to rescue those who set out without realising the risks. The national navy’s high seas tow boat, the ‘Abeille Bourbon’, is available to help larger vessels if they get into trouble in the Iroise Sea (waters immediately off the west coast of Brittany) and the entry to the Channel, one of the busiest maritime routes in the world. A constant fear for us here is that a large ship will be wrecked on our shores, especially an oil tanker which could cause an oil spill…

We are used to storms here. When we know there is a big storm coming, we prepare for it by securing houses and gardens. We wait till it passes, avoiding travelling too far, as branches or even whole trees can fall onto the roads. Electricity lines and telegraph poles are also sometimes damaged, which usually takes two or three days to repair.

But a Breton storm is above all a magnificent and spectacular display, and coming to stay here out of season could allow you to witness it with us.

Below is a wonderful video by our partner Saint/Thomas/TV, of a storm filmed on February 8th 2016. It contains some superb shots from Saint Guénolé and La Torche beach (both on the Penmarc’h peninsula) as well as views of the ‘Baie des Trépassées’ (translated Bay of the Dead) seen from the headlands of the Pointe du Raz and Pointe du Van, emblematic Breton spots to the west of Audierne.

And another video, this time of Storm Dirk at Christmas time 2013, portraying the Bay of Quiberon as well as Cancale and St Malo.

SaintThomasTV / Chaine Vimeo

Brittany, ever beautiful, dramatic and untameable. Come and experience nature’s wild and awe-inspiring spectacles for yourself, staying out of season in one of our superb villas with indoor pools, heated to 28°C throughout the year, and often with additional facilities such as a sauna and steam room. Brittany is ready to welcome you and surprise you at any time of the year, something that is already well-known and enjoyed by those who come in winter or just out of season…

See you soon then!