BRITTANY, LAND OF CELTS
Set off to an island and there, alone on its rock, rests Chateaubriad;
with this outstanding writer you are in Brittany.. in the Golf
of Saint-Malo. Rocky spurs alternate with sandy beaches and marshlands.
Enter the "corsair city": Saint-Malo, an important center
for cross-channel traffic, surrounded by ramparts and, at its
center, a chateau. Outside the town, there are extensive beaches
and modern resorts. Another very international town with its air
of luxury, Dinard has made the English happy since the 19th century.
Completely different, Dinan in the heart of la Rance, is itself
mediavel with its paved streets its ducal chateau, and its gardens.
Coast of Pink Granite..
Distinctive and rugged numerous islands. the rocks here are pink,
truly! The bay of Saint-Brieuc is one of those beaches that has
been discovered by the tides; here one call experience all the
pleasures of the sea. And from there you can move on to Paimpol,
made famous by Pierre Loti's novel "Pecheur d'Islande".
Enjoy a pleasant trip to the Isle of Brehat with its Mediterranean
feel, its mimosa, its pink laurels. See Treguier, birthplace of
Saint-Yves, whose cathedral is one of the finest in Brittany:
its half-timbered houses are brightly painted.
There are numerous accounts of its landscape, the outstanding
beauty of the region of Perros Guirec, its gigantic round stones.
Set off for the islands of birds.
Wild... a rugged coastline from which emerge islands ravaged by
storms, romantic.., The Isle of Ouessant fascinates sailors. Then
there are the sheltered beaches and the villages with their outstanding
heritage. In Roscoff and Saint-Pol de Leon you will find Brittany's
finest sacred buildings; the old cathedral and breathtaking granite
bell towers of the chapel of Kreister. Not far away, inland, is
to he found the Renaissance manor of Kerjean and also Folgoet
where one of Brittany's greatest religious festivals takes place.
In this region you will find the finest parish territories they
traditionally comprise a church, an ossuary and a Cross. The most
famous are those of Guimiliau and Saint-Thegonnec, in silver-gray
This is a land of tradition. Listen, here they speak a Celtic
language. You will hear legends of dwarfs and giants. If you like
seascapes of supreme beauty, you will be amazed by those of the
cape of Raz. Opposite is the isle of Sein, so level that the waves
play games, so beautiful. You are now in bigouden land probably
the most typical of Brittany, with its fishing ports, is lively
customs. Pont 1'Abbe is the capital, the women still wear lace
head dresses. Pont Aven captivated Gauguin.. Quimper, typically
breton, will take you on an exploration of le Finistere in its
museum of History. The archipelago of Glenan, whose waters remind
one of distant tropical beaches, is perfect for sailing and diving.
Stop here at the huge fish market. In Concarneau the boat are
being prepared for fishing...
The Coast of Morbihan
The coasts of the peninsula of Quiberon contrast strongly with
each other; one wild, with turbulent waves, the other with long
sandy beaches. From here you can set off for Belle Ile with its
varied landscapes, its impressive cliffs, its beaches and grottos.
You will also, as so often is the case in Brittany, see its menhirs.
But it is in Carnac that you will find the most astonishing alignment
of raised rocks - this site has over 5000 of them... Take a look
at these long, impressive rows of stones; contemplate their mysterious
arrival, the strangeness of their existence...
The other great attraction in Brittany must be the gulf of Morbihan.
Sandbanks, unspoiled green islands. The tides rise and fall like
the moon. In the background, the winding maze of Vannes. Vannes
which was built by Caesar for maritime battles is a splendid
The Coast of Love
Its beautiful beaches make it a favorite with holidaymakers; la
Baule is undoubtedly top of the list for its prestige, its immense
sandy beach reputedly one of the finest in Europe, and its reputation
for luxury hotels. But there are other ports; set off for Guerande,
whose ramparts overlook the salty marshlands. Nor far away, la
Grande Briere has taken on the immense charm of its marshland,
a peaceful place at which to stop, just a few steps from the beaches!
A Summer Rendez-Vou Along the Coast of the Vendee.
The climate is excellent. It has beautiful sandy beaches. This
is the coastline par excellence of family holidays, where water
sports and sweet idleness complement each other perfectly..
On the isle of Noirmoutier, the mimosa flourishes, its yellow
flowers against the blue sky. Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, a large
seaside resort. Les Sables d'Olonne known all over the world.
La Tranche sur Mer whose maritime pine forest makes it such a
favorable resort for camp sites.
Sailing in Charente
Sheltered from the storms, you are promised some great sailing
escapades. In brick cabins with red tiles you will find oysters
which flourish in their beds, a "strange world like a gigantic
stained glass window in the bright sunshine". This is the
time to treat yourself to some shellfish! Like mythical twins
protecting a place, two towers looking out towards the ocean,
this is La Rochelle.
Having prospered from its trade in salt an active port in the
XIII century, it is also a town of Protestantism. It is famous
for its sieges. That of Richelieu is the most well known. The
town retains a magnificent heritage; the old port, the narrow
streets lined with arched arcades, its old houses and mansions,
the Place de la Grosse Horloge with its belfy; its 15th century
town hall and its museums.
The Charentais Islands.. Ile de Re, pure charm, low houses in
white roughcast with green blinds, hollyhock and wisteria; the
perfect picture against a pure, cloudless sky of intense blue...
excursions on bicycle along small tracks.. Another island, that
of Oleron with its last windmills, is the island of color and
fragrance in the words of Pierre Loti.. And, having returned to
the coastline, set off for the estuary of la Gironde where you
will receive a warm welcome at the numerous seaside resorts, including
Royan. You are now on the "coast of beauty" with its
capes, its chalky cliffs fashioned by the sea, its sandy bays
surrounded by pine forests... You will be captivated by the charm
of Talmont; this church which seems almost to be balancing on its white cliff,
immediately above the sea, is a jewel of the Romanesque art of
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