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Enchanting BrittanyRennes, Vannes, le Golfe du Morbihan...

Enchanting Brittany

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Cancale

Cancale, a town of food and the oyster capital, is one of the largest oyster farming centres. Here, thousands of tonnes of oysters are produced and acknowledged as part of French intangible cultural heritage. You can book guided tours of the oyster parks at low tide, or tours of oyster farms.

https://www.saint-malo-tourisme.co.uk/

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Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo, a Town of Art and History, a privateer town, synonymous with dreams and adventures, has been world famous since the 16th century. Its fortified city architecture adds unique character. The citadel is encircled with impressive ramparts that offer an exceptional view of the bay, Dinard and Cap Fréhel. Numerous excursions of Saint-Malo bay are possible, along with departures for the Channel Islands and England.

https://www.saint-malo-tourisme.co.uk/

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Dinan

Entirely contained within its ramparts, Dinan, an 11th-century medieval gem, has unique and preserved heritage: belfry, churches, convents, half-timbered houses… Dinan enjoys an exceptional situation on the estuary of the Rance Valley. Don’t miss the Lehon abbey.

https://www.dinan-capfrehel.com/

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Rennes

A city with multiple facets, Rennes successfully combines historic heritage and contemporary culture. With elegant buildings from the classical period and charming medieval streets, Rennes has the most preserved half-timbered houses in Brittany. The Parliament building is an important example of Rennes’ heritage and reveals a unique page of 17th-century pictorial art and the history of Brittany that it symbolises. In the city centre, visit the Thabor gardens, considered among the most beautiful in France.

https://www.tourisme-rennes.com/en/

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Le domaine de Kerguéhennec

The “little Versailles of Brittany” is a listed Historic Monument. It contains a sculpture garden that is unique in France and one of the most important in Europe, with more than 30 works of art by major artists. It has become a place of reference in terms of presenting contemporary sculpture. A meeting between heritage and contemporary creation.

https://www.kerguehennec.fr/

 

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Port-Louis

Near Lorient, the Port-Louis citadel has a strong personality! This Small Town of Character, built on a peninsular, has historic heritage, but above all is linked to the history of the Compagnie des Indes. Chosen as home for the latter, Port-Louis experienced a period of prosperity thanks to spices. A museum traces this enthralling saga: the African and Oriental routes in the 17th and 18th centuries, models of boats, reconstitutions of reception desks, the trade of fabric, spices, porcelain, etc.

https://www.lorientbretagnesudtourisme.fr/fr/immanquables/port-louis/

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Concarneau

A Town of Art and History, the Blue Town, entirely focused on the sea, has a rich architectural heritage. Famous for its walled city dating from the 11th century – an exceptional fortified site on a 352-m long island – it has spanned the centuries sheltered by its ramparts. Concarneau contains several versions of maritime life with a fishing port, marina and find sandy beaches.

http://tourismeconcarneau.fr/accueil-en

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Pont-Aven

This charming little town, nestled in the lush Aven estuary, owes its fame to Paul Gauguin who settled here in 1860. Surrounded by galleries, the museum traces this creative period when artists were fascinated by the poetry of the landscapes and the luminosity of the little port. Don’t miss: Trémalo chapel and its multicoloured crucifix, a source of inspiration for Gauguin’s famous Yellow Christ. Or Promenade Xavier-Grall along the Aven, which contains a set of footbridges and a pedestrian route dedicated to the poet-journalist-writer.

https://www.museepontaven.fr/fr/infos-english

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Quimper

Quimper, Town of Art and History, cultural capital of Brittany, is an essential place to visit. The heritage in this town of traditions features cobbled squares and streets lined with half-timbered houses. The sumptuous Saint Corentin cathedral, dating from the 13th century, is a gem of Breton Gothic art. It also has a wealth of museums of art and history, and a diversity of remarkable gardens. Don’t miss the famous Henriot ceramic factory.

https://www.quimper-tourisme.bzh/

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Carnac

Carnac has one of the most extraordinary concentrations of standing stones in the world. More than 4,000 have been counted, arranged in alignments or hidden here and there, distributed over 40 hectares and 4 kilometres in length. The most impressive alignments are those of Menec, Kerlescan and Kermario. The Museum of Prehistory will tell you more about the origin of these megaliths.

https://www.ot-carnac.fr/

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Vannes

Bordered to the south by the Gulf of Morbihan, Vannes is a marina, fortified town, medieval town, Town of Art and History, and so on. With its preserved architecture, magnificent French formal gardens, medieval streets and a lovely blend of elegant mansion houses and half-timbered houses that date back to the 15th century, Vannes is a major tourist destination in Brittany.

https://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/

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The Gulf of Morbihan

The Gulf of Morbihan extends between Vannes and the Rhuys Peninsular. It’s a popular destination for the beauty of its landscapes and the multitude of little islands. Two of these are easily accessible: Arz Island and Ile aux Moines, which can be reached by boat for a relaxing escapade. Every two years, in May, more than one thousand traditional and classic boats meet for Gulf Week.

https://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/

 

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Belle-Île-en-Mer

Nul autre endroit ne porte mieux son nom ! Entre plages tranquilles et falaises spectaculaires, entre ports bigarrés et campagne verdoyante, elle offre une riche mosaïque de paysages dans un environnement exceptionnel !
Elle a attiré de nombreux artistes comme Matisse ou Russel. Mais c’est Monet qui l’a immortalisée avec le célèbre tableau «Les Aiguilles de Port Coton ». Sarah Bernard acheta également un fortin à la Pointe des Poulains, transformé depuis en musée.
La citadelle, édifiée dès le Moyen-Age par des moines bénédictins sur un éperon rocheux, domine le port et la rade de Palais. Elle fut fortifiée sous Vauban. Le musée d’art et de l’histoire de Belle-Ile agrémente la visite de cette ancienne cité militaire.

www.belle-ile.com

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