Brittany Activities and Things To Do On Holiday

Beach, Val Andre, Cotes d'Armor, Brittany, France

Beach, Le Val Andre

A huge beach on the Emerald Coast with fine white sand and promenade of Victorian-style houses. Safe for children and protected during the summer, this beautiful, 2.5km long beach is the perfect stop to relax, enjoy the sun, or soak in the clear blue sea of the coasts of Brittany.

You can also find shops and bars away from the seafront.

Quiberon Beaches

The Quiberon peninsula can essentially be divided into two sides: the east side, with its many beautiful beaches that attract countless tourists every year, and the west, ocean-facing, known as the ‘Cote Sauvage’ (Wild Coast). As its name implies, it is a wild area, with cliffs and coves, and a popular destination for surfers.

Whichever side you would rather go to, the sights are beautiful and the experience, amazing. Quiberon itself offers shops, beachside restaurants and a lively port with trips to Belle-Ile’s quiet coves.

Boat Trips, Redon

The beautiful village of Redon, situated where the Rivers Oust and Vilaine and the Nantes-Brest Canal meet, has locks and even towpaths in the centre of town. You can rent boats without need for a permit, and it is the ideal place to begin leisurely cruises by steam, sail or canoe around the Brittany countryside.

Whether you pick one of the many canals or rivers for your cruise around the countryside, you can be certain that the trip will be worth it.

Sailing

Sailing can be challenging around the jagged coastline. Camaret provides a good base to explore the small protected harbours of the Crozon Peninsula, the inland waterway of Rade de Brest or up river on the Aulne. Voyage south to the delightful Iles de Glenan around a calm lagoon famous for bird life.

Oceanopolis, Brest

Visit Oceanopolis, a one-of-its-kind museum dedicated to sea life and biology. Open throughout the year and welcoming everybody, this park is divided into 4 'pavilions' - mimicking the different seas and oceans, and the life you can find in it. From excited penguins in the Polar Pavilion to tiny jellyfish floating lazily in the Temperate Pavilion, there is always some fascinating sea creature to discover.

Watch the feeding of penguins or seals, admire shows in summer, go down a lift surrounded by sharks, and enjoy local food in the on-site restaurant.

Bird Watching, Sept-Iles

This wildlife sanctuary is accessible by boat from Perros-Guirec; Sept-lles is France’s largest seabird colony and home to thousands of gannets, puffins and razorbills. The sanctuary extends across all the islands of the Sept-Iles archipelago - which, as it turns out, comprises five islands, not seven.

The sanctuary is open throughout the year to the public, who can then see the many species of birds making their nests over the islands - as well as the grey seals, who have also made the Sept-Iles sanctuary their home. All in all, a site to visit for nature lovers.

Oyster Tasting, Cancale

Cancale has made the oyster its specialty, and aims to promote it. You can not only sample oysters from the enormous beds in Mont-Saint-Michel Bay, but you can also visit where they grow, enjoy 'nautical walks', explore their history, and even enjoy cooking lessons to better understand how oysters are supposed to be eaten - traditionally, with a drop of vinegar or lemon juice.

Golf

The mild climate is great for golf on courses close to welcoming resorts, spectacular cliffs and sandy beaches. You’ll find courses are un-crowded and a good choice of catering in friendly clubhouses.

Thalassotherapy

These restorative seawater, seaweed and mud treatments, known since antiquity, were developed in Breton seaside towns in the nineteenth century. Relax and de-stress in centres around the coast - bound by a Quality charter - from Roscoff, where the first centre was founded, to Belle-Ile and Port-Crouesty.

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