A fairy-tale city on the Oust river and Nantes-Brest canal overlooked by the famous medieval castle: a must-see destination.
Paimpont Forest is the last remaining part of the ancient forest that once covered Brittany. Paimpont itself is dominated by its large Abbey.
The stunning town of Pontivy is divided into two separate districts, medieval and Napoleonic and both have interesting aspects that warrant exploring.
A village on a raised promontory in the quiet Morbihan countryside. It is quite rightly classified as one of the “beautiful villages of France”.
With its temperate climate and quiet roads where better to enjoy cycling than the Morbihan region of Brittany?
The climate of the area is heavily influenced by the Gulf Stream and therefore has truly mild weather. In fact there is less rain here over the year than in Provence. Obviously it does rain sometimes, otherwise the landscape wouldn't be so green and lush!.
The area has many circular routes that take in places of interest and beauty. RouteYou is a good internet site to visit for more information.
In many ways walking is the best way to discover Brittany. It has more way-marked paths than any other area of France. “Grandes Randonnées” (long distance) and “Promenades et Randonnées” (short distance) can both be found. Most are circular but linear routes are also plentiful.
In Morbihan there are 700km of GR, 240km of tow path and 390km of coastal paths available ... enough to keep even the most intrepid hiker happy.
Brittany’s lakes and rivers have the reputation of being the best in France. Couple that with the fact that a third of the French coastline surrounds the area and it's easy to see why fishing is a major draw for the enthusiastic angler.
Permits can be purchased for a day or a two-week period and cover the whole department, meaning you can fish anywhere in Morbihan. You can if you wish pay a small extra fee which would then cover you for the whole of Brittany. These permits are now available all year round rather than just for the summer months.
And if you don't want to travel too far to fish ... there's always the lake close to our house!
Morbihan has many golf courses to suit all levels of experience and skill.
La Boule Rouge at Kerjean is a popular course which is open all year round catering for all levels and offers lessons for groups or individuals.
Golf de Lac au Duc near Ploërmel is a more testing course close to the largest lake in Brittany, and also offers a nine hole par 36 alternative. It too is open all year.
Golf de Rhuys-Kerver is situated in the heart of a bird reserve and is very flat with breathtaking scenery and water obstacles, so it's a joy to the eye if not your handicap!
With its diverse habitats and extensive coastline Brittany is an excellent place to come birding.
In the winter months, the Gulf of Morbihan is a magnet for geese, ducks and all manner of waders. Spring sees spoonbills, pipits and various harriers ... even chough can be seen.
Summer is quieter - as are most places - but a good number of species can still be found around and about.
Whatever your interest, and whatever your age, we are sure that Brittany can supply you with what you require to enjoy your visit. Stunning scenery, good food, hospitable people, and a relaxed way of life that becomes infectious, are all you really need, but if you want to be energetic, that can be catered for as well.
A total immersion in the time of knights in the medieval city of Josselin!
A true family entertainment experience with about twenty performances and animations: falconry shows, tournaments of knights, animals, fantastic creatures, acrobats, musicians.
This bi-annual event takes place in mid' July from 10 am to 8 pm in the historical centre of Josselin at the Place de Notre-Dame. A parade with the costumes of the time will close the festival at the end of the day.
Free entry for those in costume and children under 16.
Brittany has 2,800 km of coastline, so it is no surprise that seafood is a major part of Breton cuisine. 80% of French shellfish production is here, and in some small harbours you can still buy direct from the boats.
Two varieties of Oyster are farmed in the area, Huitres Creuses (rock oysters) and Huitres Plates (flat oysters). Two thirds of the flat oyster production is in fact based around St Malo on the Emerald Coast. Oysters are said to be at their best between April and September, but they can be enjoyed all year round.
Plateau de fruits de mer (seafood platter), served on a bed of seaweed with rye bread, salted butter and mayonnaise and shared with a friend is a delight not to be missed. Moules marinière, steamed mussels with white wine and shallots, is an affordable dish that can be found in many restaurants in Brittany.
You just cannot visit this area of France without sampling the world famous pancakes.
There are two distinct types, Crêpes, sweet light pancakes and Gallettes, savoury buckwheat pancakes. Gallettes can be filled with anything from cheese ham and egg, called “la complete” to just about any combination you can come up with. Crêpes with chocolate sauce and almonds is always a favourite, but any sweet variation will do the job.
You will find Crêperies all over Brittany and they all have their own twist on what makes a good crêpe, but you could always lookout for the “Crêpes Gourmandes” label which is Brittany's official badge to reflect the quality of it's products.
Although Brittany is not renowned for it's cheeses, plenty of locally produced sheep and cow varieties can be found at the many markets you will stumble across here and there. The best is said to be Curé Nantais, a refined soft cow cheese best eaten with Muscadet.
While driving through Brittany you will come across many apple orchards, which provide the raw materials for the many fine Ciders traditionally served from a ceramic cup called a bolee.