Discover the best of France with a relaxing road trip – nothing could be easier with Brittany Ferries. With the largest variation of sailing routes to France, ranging from a speedy four and half hours to a restful overnight cruise, all you need to do is book, pack the car and go.
Brittany Ferries also offer a wide range of sail and stay holidays, including family-friendly chalet camping, apartments, cottages, hotels and more. It's hassle-free travel so you enjoy an easy-going holiday with the freedom of taking your own car, packed with everything you need - from your favourite picnic blanket to your bike and golf clubs…
Driving through France
Arriving in any of Brittany Ferries' ports, you’ll find a web of roads connecting you to the whole of France. But the joy of having your own car allows you to travel the lesser-known routes and explore the coast and countryside, taking your time to enjoy the scenery, the food and wine, natural wonders, culture and the arts.
Children playing by the lake in front of the château at Grand Fougeray
A driving holiday in France allows you to meander at your own pace or follow official tourist routes which can be found in every region. They run alongside the sea and through vineyards and orchards, highlighting treasures en route from chateaux and cathedrals to authentic restaurants and artisan producers.
Normandy is best explored by car to truly appreciate its stunning combination of beaches and white-cliff coastline, colourful and quaint harbour towns, lush countryside and the historic D-Day beaches.
Pretty seafront houses and marina in Honfleur
Follow in the footsteps of the impressionists including Le Havre, where Claude Monet painted “Impression, Rising Sun” which gave the movement its name, as well as much-painted Etretat, Rouen and Trouville. In Giverny discover Monet’s enchanting house and garden, and in Honfleur fall in love with the 17th century Vieux Basin, lined with friendly restaurants serving fresh seafood.
Meander along the Camembert trail through lush countryside to Orbec, Canapville, Ticheville, Guerquesalles and Roiville where Marie Harel who is credited for making Camembert so popular, was born. And there’s the cider trail, windmill trail and many more.
The Moulin de Moidrey near Pontorson
Admire the almost 1000-year-old Bayeux tapestry. Visit the memorial sites and museums, including the fascinating Calvados Experience, and don’t miss Normandy’s number one attraction the magical Mont-Saint-Michel. Nothing prepares you for the sight of this island, topped by a majestic ancient abbey as you drive through the green countryside towards it.
EXPLORE THE BEAUTY OF BRITTANY WITH A DRIVING TOUR
Brittany is a land that’s simply made for road trips. Mile after mile of toll-free (thanks to a law passed by Anne of Brittany in the 15th century), traffic-free, smooth roads beckon. With more than 1700 miles of coastline dotted with beach resorts from chic Dinard to walled St Malo, seaside lovers will be in their element.
And if you packed your diving gear in the car you’re in for a treat as there are plenty of opportunities to explore shipwrecks and marine life - including dolphins which are regularly spotted in the marine park of Iroise in Finistère.
Cider fans will love the Cornouaille Cider Route. A picturesque tour through the Brittany countryside and by the sea including Belon, famous for its succulent oysters. Stop off at orchards where you can meet the producers and sample their products. And, of course, pop a bottle or two in the car to take home.
The pretty Breton village of Locronan
Take to one of the many waymarked walking routes or the renowned GR34, Sentier des Douaniers (Customs Officers’ footpath), which runs the length of Brittany’s coastline. Walk as much or as little as you like, discovering the treasures of the seashore, and take your binoculars with you for spotting the fabulous wildlife.
Enjoy a city stop in Rennes with its half-timbered houses and colourful market, Dinan with its wonderfully preserved medieval buildings and pretty harbour and historic Quimper with its museums and old town.
The medieval half-timber houses of Rennes
Discover the heritage of historic St Malo. Go island hopping in the Golfe du Morbihan. Explore the forest of Brocéliande, the fabled home of King Arthur and the wizard Merlin, and the mighty boulders of the Pink Granite Coast.
FRENCH ROAD TRIPS FURTHER AFIELD
Further south, the wide open roads lure you on to discover the coast of the Atlantique-Loire and lovely La Baule with one of the longest beaches in Europe, almost 6 miles of silky sand. The area is a well-kept secret with the salt marshes of Guérande and medieval “City of Art and History”.
Visit the submarine base at Saint-Nazaire and the castles of Chateaubriant, Clisson and Nantes. Here too you will find tiny fishing villages like Trentemoult and Croisic and vineyards where the famous sweet white Muscadet is produced.
Further still there’s so much to visit. Will it be La Rochelle and the exquisite Ile de Ré, or maybe the Loire Valley with its royal chateaux, or Bordeaux, land of wine that calls to you. Even Paris is easy to reach by fast auto-routes.
And that’s the beauty of a road trip in France. You can go anywhere easily; the freedom of the road is all yours.
Discover the wonderful markets, the freshest seafood, artisan boulangeries and piquant cheeses. Just remember to pack your cool box in your car and take home an edible souvenir.
Drive to France easily with Brittany Ferries
Brittany Ferries make it easy to sail to France. And, from our ports, you’ll find it’s simple to travel further afield with a superb road network that takes you to the four corners of France. We also offer a great range of holiday accommodation. From cottages, gites, villas and resorts, to hand-picked hotels, a Brittany Ferries holiday is super simple to plan and book - and it’s also great value as return sailings with your car are included in the price.