Brittany selected one of the world’s top sustainable destinations
Brittany is a peninsula in North West France with 2700 km of preserved coastline. It is also a popular seaside holiday destination. Since 2006 this destination embraces sustainability principles as development philosophy. In the last ten years, a greenways and cycle paths network of over 1000 km has been successfully created. Brittany region also implemented several coastal heritage and historic town preservation programs, together with 2 established regional parks and the first marine based national park in France (Iroise Marine Park in Finistère). Brittany is committed to improve the quality of water in its rivers and to develop renewable energy sources.
Source: Green Destinations
© Yannick Le Gall
Brittany is deeply rooted in both the land and the sea, offering breathtaking landscapes and a varied climate. It’s a great destination to discover beaches, cliffs, moorland and medieval towns. Dip right into the heart of its history. Share its culture, its identity and its true nature. Go diving, sailing or riding. Dance to the rhythms of Breton fêtes and festivals. Take time out in a welcoming pub. And above all, relax!
© Emmanuel Berthier
Between the Côte d’Emeraude (Emerald Coast) of the Corsair City of Saint-Malo enclosed within its ramparts, and the mysterious Pink Granite Coast, the Breton coast looks like no other. The Customs Officers’ Path, over moors and cliff tops, invites hikers to explore; in the summertime, the smell of gorse and broom blends in with the invigorating sea air.
Off the coastline, the islands of Brittany rival one another for their charm and beauty. The Ile de Groix, Ile de Bréhat, the Glénan Archipelago, the Ile d’Ouessant and Belle-Ile en Mer each boast beaches, sheltered ravines and lighthouses.
The Seven Isles constitute the largest bird sanctuary on the French Coastline. Puffins, shags and gannets live in tranquility here. Cap Fréhel also offers an ornithological ballet to observe, between the sea and the moors.
Visitors can enjoy a scenic walk along the coastal paths, passing the beautiful landscapes of the Gulf of Morbihan, including the Ile aux Moines.
This coastal area has encouraged the development of major centres of Thalassotherapy (Dinard, Saint-Malo, Port Crouesty, Quiberon….).
At the Museum of Fine Arts in Pont-Aven, you can discover the painters who immortalized Brittany, from Maurice Denis to Paul Gauguin. Brittany has something for all generations: children will love the Grand Aquarium in Saint-Malo, the Zoo Park in Pont Scorff, or even the Océanopolis Park in Brest.
Follow in the footsteps of Merlin, Viviane the fairy and King Arthur in the Forest of Brocéliande, or let yourself be enchanted by the fairy Mélusine at the Fougères’ Castle. These links between legend and heritage are also reflected in the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel (just inside the region of Normandy but only 4 kilometers from Brittany), the megaliths of Locmariaquer and in the aligned stones of Carnac. Crucifixes, pardons, chapels… Brittany is marked by a strong religious tradition, exemplified by the Maritime Abbey of Beauport and the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre in Vannes, a fine example of medieval religious architecture.
Saint-Brieuc Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Etienne de Saint-Brieuc), the Locmania district and Quimper Cathedral (cathédrale Saint Corentin), not forgetting Concarneau, the Pays Bigouden and the Pointe du Raz.
A region that is steeped in traditions and folklore, Brittany has its own culinary specialties too of course: galettes (savory buckwheat crêpes), traditionally accompanied by a bowl of cider, chouchen (a form of mead made with honey) and sumptuous platters of seafood, kig ha farz (a meat broth with buckwheat), far breton (a sweet suet pudding with prunes) and kouign-amann cake.
© Les Vieilles Charrues
The homeland of the fest-noz (traditional evening dance) invites its visitors to join in with numerous celebrations. The Festival du Bout du Monde (End of the World Festival), the Festival des Vieilles Charrues (a major rock festival), the Festival de Cornouaille, the Festival des Filets Bleus (Blue Nets Festival) and the Inter-Celtic Festival of Lorient are just some of the events that fill the summer season in Brittany.
Among the many key sailing events are the Route du Rhum, the Solitaire du Figaro race or the Gulf of Morbihan Week, all celebrating the maritime spirit of Brittany. Even more, the Festival Etonnants Voyageurs (Astonishing Travelers Festival) is a unique event that celebrates the spirit of curiosity.
© Yvon Boëlle
Source: Rendez-vous en France