Brittany is this month’s regional focus– and it’s an area particularly close to our hearts at French Connections. Most of us have enjoyed truly memorable holidays there and Izzy, the friendly voice of our owners’ helpline, is a native of la belle Bretagne.
The appeal of this westerly peninsula is a potent mix of peaceful, unspoilt countryside, a charming rocky coastline and a special factor that can only be described as soul. Like Cornwall, Brittany is Celtic country where ancient magic and myth abound, where you can sense the mystery and tradition. From the thousands of standing stones at Carnac to religious processions in local costume, from the Archangel Michael’s Mont St Michel to folk art and musical instruments, a visit to Brittany is a varied voyage of discovery.
Brittany is ideal for family beach holidays, with its sandy coves and sweeping, open strands – and it’s a good choice for anyone on a budget. Our many holiday homes start from around only £200 a week for four people even in full summer and there’s a good choice of seaside apartments, country stone cottages and cosy gîtes in all areas. Eating out on wholesome yet delicious buckwheat galettes and crepes won’t break the bank, while shops and markets abound with fresh seafood and vegetables.
Perhaps the most accessible region of Brittany is the Cotes d’Armor, the beautiful northern stretch from St Malo to Lannion, which has both peaceful beaches and traditional resorts along with stunning countryside. Ferries go direct to St Malo from Portsmouth, Calais is about five hours’ drive and budget airlines fly into Dinard and Nantes. Train services are good, with TGV connections between Brittany and Paris. Why wait any longer to claim your taste of Breton magic?
Read more and find accommodation in our Brittany guide