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Brittany travel guide

About Brittany

Just a short distance across the Channel, Brittany is one of the most popular holiday regions in France and offers something for everyone. Along the beautiful and varied coastline of over 700 miles, you'll discover endless sandy stretches, secluded coves, and rugged rock formations.

Inland there's breathtaking countryside, historic towns and quaint villages waiting to be discovered. From seaside resorts like Dinard and Benodet to ports such as Lorient, and architectural gems including the regional capital Rennes, there are plenty of places to explore.

Enjoy Brittany's vibrant capital city of Rennes, the rich seafaring history of St Malo and the sheer elegance of neighbouring resort Dinard. Add the pristine medieval charms of Dinan, breathtakingly beautiful countryside, and even an enchanted forest, and you'll still have only scratched the surface of this region's delights.

Dramatic rock formations, fine beaches, glorious countryside, and a unique sense of identity mean that this part of Brittany is often compared with Cornwall. There's also the fabulous seafood, historic cities such as Brest, Quimper and Vannes, and the genuinely warm Breton hospitality to enjoy.

Cuisine of Brittany

Local specialities

Artichokes and a wonderful buttery sticky cake called Kouign Amman. Cancale oysters. Far Breton, a prune flan. Crêpes and galettes, sweet and savoury pancakes. Lobsters from Roscoff.

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What's on the menu?

Cotriade Bretonne, a fish stew. Poulet au Cidre Breton, chicken cooked in cider. Moules Marinières, steamed mussels served in white wine sauce. Coquille St Jacques, a dish of scallops in a creamy sauce. Gigot d'Agneau, roast leg of lamb cooked with garlic.

What to drink

Brittany does not produce its own wine and so the Breton folk tend to enjoy dry, white Muscadet from neighbouring Western Loire which goes down so well with delicious seafood. Wash down those crêpes with a bolée (large cup) of strong Brittany cider.

Why visit Brittany?

  • Welcoming Bretons and great cuisine
  • Rugged coastline and pretty beaches
  • Stunning megaliths at the Carnac stones 
  • Places of Arthurian myth and legend

Getting to Brittany

Brittany Ferries offers direct sailings into Brittany with our Portsmouth to St Malo, Plymouth to St Malo and Plymouth to Roscoff ferry routes.

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Spirit of Brittany

Numerous sandy beaches, dramatic rock formations, glorious countryside, and a unique sense of identity mean that Brittany is often compared with Cornwall. Then there's the fabulous seafood and warm Breton hospitality. Tempted? You should be, because this is one of the UK's favourite holiday destinations.

Places in Brittany

  • Carnac
    7 out of 10, based on 90 ratings

    Carnac in Brittany is a small town on the River Crac'h that is…

  • Roscoff
    7 out of 10, based on 369 ratings

    Roscoff is a picturesque fishing village on the North coast of…

  • St Malo
    8 out of 10, based on 256 ratings

    The beautiful city of St Malo in Brittany curves out to sea on a…

  • Vannes
    8 out of 10, based on 94 ratings

    Located in Morbihan, on the Southern coast of Brittany, the…

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Attractions in Brittany

  • Océanopolis
    8 out of 10, based on 50 ratings

    A huge exciting exhibition of all things connected with the sea…

  • Château de Fougères
    8 out of 10, based on 37 ratings

    This impressive 11th century castle is one of the largest…

  • Carnac Stones
    8 out of 10, based on 55 ratings

    These incredible stone alignments were created in several…

  • Belle-île
    7 out of 10, based on 22 ratings

    Discover Brittany's largest island, Belle-île with its…

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