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The Brittany Area Guide
Sights and attractions
The defining feature of Brittany (or Bretagne as it’s known in French) is, perhaps, its glorious coastline and soft white sandy beaches, but there’s so much more to this wonderful region of France. Although it sits on the northwestern corner of France, it was an independent nation up until 1532, when it united with France. Yet Brittany is a far cry from its French counterpart. In fact, the province shares closer ties with the UK as evidenced by its distinct Celtic identity and culture. It, therefore, comes as little surprise that it is a firm favourite with British expats and retirees.
Each city, town and village in Brittany offers residents and visitors a different perspective of the region’s colourful past. Stroll through medieval walled towns like Saint-Malo, relax in serene seaside resorts such as Dinard or find yourself in a fairytale setting in one of Brittany’s mystical forests, which are said to be shrouded in Arthurian legend. But one of Brittany’s unsung heroes is, of course, its staggering collection of 800 islands and islets. Though few take the time to explore them thoroughly, if you do, you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful backdrop. Wherever you decide to go, you’ll be sure to find a place to call home in Brittany.
Restaurants and cafes
Thanks to its vast stretches of coastline, Brittany is something of a haven for seafood enthusiasts. Lobsters, oysters and a plethora of other aquatic fare are served up in creative ways to ravenous patrons. To get a true taste of Breton cuisine, the local specialities of crepes (sweet, thin pancakes) and galettes (savoury, thick pancakes) typically complemented with a bowl of Breton cider are revered in Brittany and beyond – sampling one is, therefore, a culinary delight not to be missed.
Wherever you find yourself in Brittany, you’ll find plenty of first-class eateries and cafes to indulge yourself in. Tuck into freshly caught lobsters or oysters as you dine al fresco style in one of the picturesque waterfront restaurants or eat food on the go at one of the region’s many local street markets and vendors. La Fleur de Sel in Quimper and L’Écume des Jours in Roscoff are two restaurants of note. If you’re serious about seafood, a visit to either of these venues is a must. And for some of the finest crepes in Brittany visit Creperie Tout le Monde in Douarnenez – it will not disappoint!
Though many come to Brittany for its white sandy beaches and culinary prowess, shopping is another pastime Bretons proudly partake in. Whether you have a weakness for independent boutiques or a penchant for famed fashion houses – be it French or world-renowned brands – you’ll find what you’re looking for in Brittany. Like anywhere else in the world, the big name brands – Zara, H&M and Bershka – are reserved for major cities and towns. Brittany’s most frequented cities and towns like Rennes, Vannes and Saint-Malo are, therefore, ideal locations to purchase a wide variety of clothing gems.
If you decide to relocate here, you’ll soon discover that Bretons also have an undeniable love affair with the local outdoor markets present at every turn in Brittany. Here, you can snap up seasonal produce and sample some traditional Breton delights like roasted pork loins as well as fully immerse yourself in the delightful culture!
As one would expect from a world-class tourist destination, the modes of transport available in Brittany are more than accommodating and most importantly, convenient. You can arrive into the province by sea, air, road or rail. Ferries depart from the UK and Ireland to the ports of Saint-Malo and Roscoff on a regular basis. The Eurostar transports you from London to Rennes in just under 6 hours, but if you prefer a speedier journey, numerous airports littered around Brittany such as Nantes Atlantique are available at your disposal and certain flights bring you into Brittany in under one and a half hours!
Once you’ve arrived, the extensive rail network transports you around the region, as well as to other regions in France and further afield. Bus networks further connect users with smaller towns and villages. However, most Bretons tend to rely on their car or scooter to travel around the gorgeous province. This allows you to discover more of Brittany’s captivating landscape as well as get off the beaten track and explore the region’s dramatic wilderness!
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