Brittany has 1,700 miles of glorious coastline. Discover the Pink Granite coast and hidden coves in the north to the idyllic beaches of Morbihan which seamlessly follow on from one to another - Brittany has something for everyone.
Inland, the unspoiled countryside is dotted with fascinating towns and villages steeped in history and culture with bustling markets and quirky boutiques and museums.
We pick 3 of our favourites in Brittany:
Cancale – the oyster capital of Brittany
The picturesque fishing port of Cancale is located on the borders of Brittany and Normandy, just 9 miles from St-Malo and 31 miles from Mont-Saint-Michel. It’s the oyster capital of the Brittany coast and there’s not much that beats taking a stroll by the harbour or relaxing at a café slurping oysters with a chilled white wine. If you’re a real fan, why not visit an oyster farm, there’s lots of choice in the area.
You’ll find idyllic sandy coves and small family-friendly beaches with rock pools close to this vibrant little town.
Must-sees include: Take a walk along the GR34, Chemin de Ronde (the round road). It starts at Cancale and there’s a great walk to Pointe du Hoc which offers the most fantastic views over the bay, town and port. On clear days you’ll see right over to Mont St Michel and when the tide is out you can see the oyster farms from the walkways. There are picnic benches en route, take food and drink with you as the nearest restaurant is at the end of the walk.
No trip to Cancale would be complete without sitting at the seafront market and eating the freshest of fresh oysters. At the market try 5-6 different types sold by local producers and enjoy them with a squeeze of lemon, sitting on the seafront wall whilst you soak up the views and the fresh sea breeze. When you’re done, throw the empty shells on a pile down at the front and watch as the seagulls come and check for leftovers.
Morgat lies on the Crozon peninsula in Western Brittany. It makes for a relaxing coastal break and a great base for exploring the surrounding area. The coastline is dramatic - from rugged cliffs to sandy beaches and enchanting coves which form part of the 420,000 acre Parc Regional d'Armorique.
If you love beaches, then Pointe de Saint-Hernot, a short way from Morgat, is worth the detour to discover a little piece of secret sandy paradise.
The area has lots on offer from water sports to boat tours and mountain bike trails.
Must-sees include: Visit the little church on the edge of the port at Camaret-Sur-Mer (about 12 km). Ancient and weather beaten, it was built in the 11th century and today functions as a mariner’s chapel. It’s a lovely spot to explore and don’t forget to take a break at one of the authentic cafés as you watch the boats going in and out of the port. It’s a timeless scene and very relaxing, like a window into Brittany’s past.
Explore the Vedettes Sirenes (Grottes Marines de Morgat). Take a boat tour to see these natural wonders of the sea caves of Morgat or get closer still by kayak.
Pretty St Brian-sur-Mer
Just 17km from Saint-Malo and 10km from Dinard, Saint-Briac-sur-Mer, nicknamed the "Pearl of the Emerald Coast is a small, traditional Breton fishing port. Winding streets, ancients buildings, beaches and walkways make this tranquil village a haven for those looking for a relaxing holiday.
There are lots of water sports and the coastal walkway offers breath-taking views of Dinard.
Must-sees include: Dinard market which takes place three times a week is a huge bustling affair where you’ll be able to shop for fabulous local produce and much more.
Visit the town of Saint Malo to discover truly scrumptious restaurants and some of the best seafood platters in France.
Mont-St-Michel is just 40 minutes’ drive away and one of the wonders of the world, the medieval island town is fabulously preserved and breath-takingly pretty.
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