Alongside the ancient history of its megaliths, Brittany has fascinating medieval towns and cities such as the pretty walled town of Intra Muros in St Malo. A briny region built up on its maritime traditions, there is also much to discover at its fishing ports and at Océanopolis in Brest, a celebration of all things marine.
Whether you've worked up an appetite with adventure sports or culture exploring, Brittany has some good honest food in it's rustic crêpes and cakes such as kouign amann. Be sure to enjoy with a relaxing boule of cidre for a truly Breton experience.
Our top 10 things to do in Brittany
1. Armorique Regional Natural Park
Where legends come to life. Home to mystical creatures including elves and pixies, the landscapes of the Armorique Regional Natural Park are also the realm of Arthurian legend. Wander the misty moors of the Monts d'Arrée, explore the coastline of the Crozon Peninsula and delve into magical forests.
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2. Carnac stones
These stunning stone alignments have existed for some 6000 years and their original purpose is still a mystery. Three fields contain 3,000 granite megaliths as well as burial chambers, enclosures, cairns and dolmens. Discover their history and the theories about them by taking a guided tour.
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With marine life from the tropical, temperate and polar oceans in 68 aquariums, Oceanòpolis really is the place to discover the most amazing wildlife that our oceans have to offer. There are 10,000 marine animals to see from 1,000 species including sharks, seals and penguins as well as all kinds of fish and even some deep sea animals.
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4. Château de Fougères
Journey back to the Middle Ages at this magnificent fairy tale castle, which is is one of the largest fortresses left in Europe. Turrets and towers are dotted along the chateau's ramparts so you can explore as you walk all the way around the walls, enjoying the fantastic views of the Breton countryside.
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5. Forêt d'Huelgoat
Magic abounds at the forest of Huelgoat where huge boulders, thrown by giants centuries ago, sit in the streams and fairy pools. Discover an enchanting world of gnarly trees and tinkling brooks inhabited by curious rock formations that have earned themselves reputations from Arthurian legends.
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Brittany's 'beautiful isle' has a remarkable Mediterranean micro-climate so it's the perfect place to soak up some sunshine during your holiday. Stunning beaches, dramatic scenery and picturesque towns make this a perfect holiday destination in it's own right as well as a great place for a day trip.
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The heart of the city, Intra Muros, is the ancient walled town of St Malo. Walk along the ramparts for stunning sea views and wander the cobbled streets filled with boutiques, cafes and elegant restaurants where you can enjoy watching the world go by, as the French do, in beautiful surroundings.
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8. Gulf of Morbihan
A unique place, this small 'inland sea' is a haven for those who love boating with 42 islands and islets dotted through the gulf. Many islands are owned by celebrities but some are still open to tourists including the Ile de Moines, which is great for hiking to Gavrinis with its ancient burial chamber from Neolithic times.
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9. Crozon Peninsula
This jagged peninsula is part of the Amorique Regional Natural Park and is great for those who love coastal walks along rugged cliffs, exploring secretive coves and discovering hidden sandy beaches. It's also perfect for outdoor sports such as rock-climbing and windsurfing. Just breathe in all that fresh sea air!
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10. Quiberon Grande Plage
One of Brittany's best beaches, this long sandy stretch is a wonderful place to spend the day with the kids building sandcastles in the sun and you can take a seaside stroll along the promenade. There's also lots of bars and restaurants along the seafront to enjoy a lovely meal with beautiful sea vews.
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