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Wild coastlines and majestic beaches, punctuated by picturesque ports and seaside resorts make Brittany the preferred choice for many visitors to France. Brittany enjoys a mild climate and its Atlantic waters are pleasantly warmed by the Gulf Stream, and there are many beautiful beaches for bathing as well as various aquatic sports on offer. Inland, a variety of landscapes awaits exploration: valleys, forests, moors and a network of rivers and canals. There is the opportunity to try a huge range of activities in Brittany: beach volleyball, squash, windsurfing, fishing, golf, horse-riding and mountain biking to name but a few. There are also museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums to visit, as well as nature reserves and parks. Festivals and events, often centred around music and dancing, are held throughout the year.



Brest, le port


Brest
is the second largest city in Brittany, and is sheltered by a large natural harbour, known as the Rade de Brest. The city played an important role in the Second World War and possesses a rich cultural history. Interesting visits are the museum at the Tour Tanguy and the Marine Museum. Not far from Brest lies an impressive landscape of granite cliffs and sandy beaches. Local dishes often involve fresh fish, and other regional specialities include Breton crêpes and delicious Traou Mad biscuits made with salted butter.



Roscoff, le port la nuit


Roscoff
is situated on the north coast of Brittany, at the far end of a peninsula edged with sandy beaches, dunes and inlets. The town itself is home to some magnificent carved houses and a 16th century church. Boats in the port can take you to the Ile de Batz, a paradise for cyclists and walkers as it is car-free. Fresh fish can be bought from the market every Wednesday morning in Roscoff. Because of its long coastline, fishing plays an important part in Brittany’s culture and has had a great influence on Breton cuisine. Roscoff is also an active ferry port serving Plymouth, Cork and Rosslare.




Maisons à pans de bois et la Cathédrale de Quimper


Quimper
derives its name from the Breton word ‘kempir’, which means ‘confluence of two rivers’, referring to the Odet and Steir rivers which meet in this historic town. The old quarter is well worth a visit to see the cathedral with its two distinctive spires, and nearby the Breton Museum and the Museum of Fine Art (Beaux Arts). Take a stroll through the cobbled streets lined with half-timbered buildings, where you may be tempted to purchase some traditional Breton lace or taste some local delicacies, or simply soak up the convivial atmosphere. Quimper is also known for its handmade ceramics, with distinctive decorative borders painted in yellow and blue.



Le sous-marin Le Flore


Lorient
boasts the second largest fishing port in France and merits a visit early in the morning in order to watch the daily catch come in. There are various historic attractions here, such as the former submarine base and the India Company Museum. It is also the starting point for boat trips out to the Ile de Groix. Lorient is possibly even better known for its annual music festival, the Festival Interceltique. It takes place the first two weeks in August and attracts festival goers from across Brittany, and also many from the UK and Spain who are interested in traditional music and dance.



Baie de Quiberon


Quiberon
is a pretty town which lies at the end of a peninsula, 14km to the south of Carnac. Visit Port Maria where fresh fish and seafood are sold to the public. From the port, jump on a ferry for a trip around the islands just off-shore: Belle-Ile-en-Mer, Houat and Hoëdic. Quiberon’s coastline has two distinct sides: the west coast faces the ocean and is rugged and wild whilst sheltered sandy beaches line the eastern shore, which is also blessed with numerous cafés and restaurants as well as a golf course and a park.



château de Vannes


Vannes
is a lovely town situated on an inlet of the Gulf of Morbihan, a popular holiday destination. The old quarter is a maze of picturesque streets with many antique shops and a very beautiful cathedral. The seafront is overflowing with cafés where you can sit and watch the boats coming and going. Or board one for a trip out to the Ile aux Moines, where you can see traditional boat builders at work. The best time to visit Vannes is at the end of July, during the annual Jazz Festival.


The region is celebrated for its seafood, its delicious crêpes and savoury galettes, and other sweet specialities including a custard tart called ‘flan’ and a butter cake called ‘quatre quarts’. Not forgetting the farm cider which is the ideal accompaniment to Breton fare.

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