More About Brittany
The wild beauty of the Breton landscape reflects the diversity and spirit of the region. Medieval towns, dramatic coastline and epic countryside can all be easily reached from your holiday gite in Brittany, meaning that visitors always have plenty to see and do. Numerous activities such as hiking, horse riding, sailing, cycling, canoeing, golf and fishing are available in the region. Brittany also has incredibly luxurious spas available and offers many treatments for relaxing and healing. Holiday cottages in Brittany are perfectly positioned for leisurely walks and cycling as the towpaths which line the region’s canal are very flat. Visitors to Dinan are also close to the breathtaking beaches of Côte d'Émeraude. Unusual natural attractions and man-made wonders are abundant throughout the region. The choice of holiday cottages in Brittany is as diverse as the landscape.
Brittany Gites and Cottages
Brittany is the most western part of France and its most distinguishing feature is the rugged coastline; a necklace of charming coastal villages and fishing ports strung together by sandy beaches and bizarre pink granite rock formations which create a haven for wildlife and holidaymakers alike. Brittany sets itself apart from the rest of France – you’ll see a different way of life here; Brittany has its own customs, food and culture. Fortunately the language is the same as the rest of France now, so even with just a bit of French knowledge, you can make yourself understood.
Things to Do in Brittany
If the weather is kind the beaches and inlets of the coastline make a great place for a picnic, and if it’s not then a couple of hours just fly by in a local café or bar with a plate of freshly harvested oysters or a crepe or two, all washed down with a glass of local cider of course! Brittany really is an ideal holiday spot – imagine spending the day meandering through appealing towns and villages like Dinan, Cancale and Audierne soaking up the old-world charm, or for a more energetic day out you could see the fabulous countryside from horseback, bike or your own two feet. For a walk guaranteed to blow the cobwebs away, visit the Pointe du Raz.
We want you to enjoy the best that Brittany has to offer and so here's a small selection of our favourite things to see and do;
Shopping in St Malo, Pont Aven and St.Briac
Of course a holiday wouldn’t be a holiday, (for some of us anyway) without a little retail therapy. Fortunately, there are lots of opportunities for souvenir hunting in the intriguing craft shops of St. Malo, Pont Aven and St. Briac.. You’ll see a lot of the locally made, very colourful faience pottery for sale, ranging in price from very cheap to very very expensive.
Pontivy and Josselin
Heading inland from the coast the old towns of Pontivy and Josselin are worth a visit. The Rohan dynasty ruled this area in the Middle Ages and they left us the chateaux to prove it. Just to the north of Pontivy is a living museum, The Forges des Salles ,where an 18th century charcoal factory and the village surrounding it have been frozen in time. Well worth a visit if, like me, you have kids in the party and you want a break from sand in the sandwiches.
Another gem which you shouldn’t miss is the village of Pontrieux. Try to time your visit so you can be there early evening – a boat trip down the river is not to be missed. The large medieval houses on the river bank each have a ‘lavoir’ or early form of washing machine where the family maid would do the weekly wash. These are beautifully lit with coloured lights in the evening – a great way to fully appreciate your washing machine when you return home!
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