Living fortresses and châteaux
Once the object of Spanish and English rivalry, Brittany built ramparts, fortresses with inhabitable keeps and châteaux for protection against the enemy. The region’s defences also include unassailable fortifications built by the military architect Vauban, which still dominate the horizon, and of which the Belle-Ile citadel is one of its finest examples. Brittany has over 3,000 châteaux, which form an integral part of its living landscape. As you step out on the ramparts, you are also stepping into its history.