A region of legends and traditions
Brittany is deeply rooted in both the land and the sea, offering breathtaking landscapes and a very varied climate. It’s a great destination to discover beaches, cliffs, moorland and medieval towns. Dip right into the heart of its history. Share its culture, its identity, its true nature. Go diving, sailing or riding. Dance to the rhythms of Breton fêtes and festivals. Take time out in a welcoming pub. And above all, make sure you relax!
The Breton coast looks like no other
Off the coastline, the islands of Brittany rival one another for their charm and beauty. The , , the , the and each boast beaches, sheltered ravines and lighthouses.
The Seven Isles constitute the largest bird sanctuary on the French Coastline. Puffins, shags and gannets live in tranquility here. also offers an ornithological ballet to observe, between the sea and the moors.
Visitors can enjoy a scenic walk along the coastal paths, passing the beautiful landscapes of the Gulf of Morbihan, including the .
This coastal area has encouraged the development of major centres of Thalassotherapy (Dinard, Saint-Malo, Port Crouesty, Quiberon….)
Between legend and heritage
At the Museum of Fine Arts in Pont-Aven, you can discover the painters who immortalized Brittany, from Maurice Denis to Paul Gauguin. Brittany has something for all generations: children will love the
Follow in the footsteps of Merlin, Viviane the fairy and King Arthur in the , or let yourself be enchanted by the fairy Mélusine at the . These links between legend and heritage are also reflected in the Abbey of (just inside the region of Normandy but only 4 kilometers from Brittany), the and in the Crucifixes, pardons, chapels… Brittany is marked by a strong religious tradition, exemplified by the and the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre in Vannes, a fine example of medieval religious architecture.
Saint-Brieuc Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Etienne de Saint-Brieuc), the Locmania district and Quimper Cathedral (cathédrale Saint Corentin), not forgetting Concarneau, the Pays Bigouden and the Pointe du Raz.
Brittany specialties are tasty specialties
A region that is steeped in traditions and folklore, Brittany has its own culinary specialties too of course: galettes (savory buckwheat crêpes), traditionally accompanied by a bowl of cider, chouchen (a form of mead made with honey) and sumptuous platters of seafood, kig ha farz (a meat broth with buckwheat), far breton (a sweet suet pudding with prunes) and kouign-amann cake.
Brittany, a land of festivals
The homeland of the fest-noz (traditional evening dance) invites its visitors to join in with numerous celebrations. The Festival du Bout du Monde (End of the World Festival), the Festival des Vieilles Charrues (a major rock festival), the Festival de Cornouaille, the Festival des Filets Bleus (Blue Nets Festival) and the Inter-Celtic Festival of Lorient are just some of the events that fill the summer season in Brittany.
Among the many key sailing events are the Route du Rhum, the Solitaire du Figaro race or the Gulf of Morbihan Week, all celebrating the maritime spirit of Brittany. Even more, the Festival Etonnants Voyageurs (Astonishing Travelers Festival) is a unique event that celebrates the spirit of curiosity.