Our Travel Guide on Brittany with information on what to see and do on holiday there.
Brittany is a former independent Celtic kingdom and duchy, at one time known as "Little Britain" - now incorporated into France.
Explore a coastline packed with quaint fishing villages and welcoming resorts. The Pink Granite Coast is particularly attractive with its rock formations sculpted by wind and wave.
Further west and south, the rugged cliffs of Finistere and the sandy stretches and dunes of the Quiberon Peninsula and Concarneau make this part of Brittany a beach lover’s paradise.
Visit the walled city of St Malo, one of Brittany’s main towns. Once a major privateer stronghold, you’ll find a maze of cobbled streets bursting with bustling cafes, restaurants and shops.
Across the River Rance the chic Breton seaside resort of Dinard offers sandy beaches, coastal walks and a fine casino.
The picturesque port of Roscoff is the perfect place to indulge in some of Brittany’s celebrated seafood. It is also renowned for thalassotherapy - seawater, seaweed and mud treatments.
Head inland to the medieval river port of Dinan, Brittany’s university city of Rennes and Fougeres which boasts the largest medieval castle in Europe. Or deep in the lush countryside, soak up the magic of the enchanted Forest of Broceliande where the legendary magician, Merlin, reputedly lived. And for heritage and culture visit historic Vannes and Quimper, or marvel at Carnac’s giant Neolithic stones.
Enjoy traditional Breton festivals – especially in the west. Brest offers a fascinating maritime history plus a superb aquarium, Oceanopolis.
There are 4 departments in Brittany:
For further travel information about holiday destinations, the Brittany Regional Tourist Board can be contacted at:
Brittany Tourist Board
1, rue Raoul Ponchon
35069 Rennes cedex
Tel: (00 33) 299 28 44 30