Brittany Geography and Natural Beauty

Beach, Tregastel, Pink Granite Coast, Brittany, France

Pink Granite Coast

The Pink Granite Coast extends across Northern Brittany and is bordered by the Channel. As the name implies, its rocks are of a pretty brown-pink colour, and the whole area is famous for its extraordinary wind and water sculpted rocks, particularly dramatic around Perros Guirec.

The coast is full of activities to do and sites to see - near the Wild Coast, it is all about enjoying the views and landscapes the area has to offer. Near Trebeurden, there is plenty of resorts and activities perfect for families.

This northern stretch of coast has amazing beaches, a magnificent coastal path and beautiful resorts - whichever part of the coast you go to, you can be certain you will find something to do, from relaxing on a beach to walking the beautiful path extending across the area.

Forest of Paimpont/Broceliande

Deep in the lush countryside close to Rennes, soak up the magic of this enchanted forest. Over more than 9000 ha of trees make for a charming trek in the heart of this well known forest out of Arthurian legends - whether it be for its beauty, the lush nature or the mythical aspect, one can always find a reason to enjoy the forest of Paimpont.

The forest, which is steeped in the legends of King Arthur or the Lady of the Lake, offers many monuments and sites linked to the stories - keeping them alive and well anchored in the imagination of the people. Such sites include 'Merlin's Grave' and the 'Fountain of Youth'.

The forest is also home to many rare trees, a spectacular clearing in its heart, as well as a grand castle - both with their own legends surrounding them, separate from Arthurian stories. It is, truly, one of the most mystical and intriguing forests you could hope to find.

Crozon Peninsula

A wonderful landscape of promontories and estuaries. The Crozon peninsula is located on the most western part of Brittany, surrounded by sea on three sides, and linked to the mainland through the other. The area is renowned and praised for its absolutely stunning landscapes and other beautiful sites. Those include the Pointe de Pen-Hir and Pointe d’Espagnols, which offer breathtaking views.

The Crozon peninsula is one of the best protected natural areas in Southern Brittany, and, between the cliffs that have been eroded over time and the wild, lush nature that grows freely, it makes for an unmissable visit in a quiet, untouched by man area.

While you can explore the peninsula on foot, there are also many quiet sandy bays, sheltered harbours and multicoloured cliff caves accessible only by boat - making any trip to the peninsula new and fresh, you will always discover something new as you explore.

The peninsula is inhabited and there are plenty of villages - including the eponymous town of Crozon. In them you can find plenty of museums, historic monuments, and, once a year, the peninsula becomes home to one of the most famous musical events in France: the Festival du Bout du Monde, or End of the World Festival, celebrates music of all kinds and is renowned for its warm, family-like atmosphere - despite there being so many people each year.

Armorique Regional Natural Park

Created in 1969 to protect this fragile rural area with its unique heritage, Armorique Regional Park stretches 1700km² from the granite peaks and moorlands of central Finistere, to the craggy Crozon Peninsula and western coastal islands.

Ouessant (Ushant) - most westerly point of France - is a haven for migratory birds. Enjoy scenic moorland, woodland and lakeside walks in this mystic Celtic landscape, home to rare plants and animals and legends.

There are many geology coastal walks around Brittany, but the coast of Belle-Ile in Morbihan is arguably one of the best. A hiking trail circling the island allows you to see some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in France, with cliffs and rock formations interrupted by wide, sandy beaches that are too big to ever get crowded.

Carnac Stones

The Carnac Stones, said to date back to 5000 BC, make up the most important pre-historic site in Europe - older than Stonehenge. Over 2000 standing stones stretch for 4km to the north of Carnac village. The area is divided into several groups of stone rows, with the three main ones being called Menec, Kermario and Kerlescan. It is believed that they may once have been part of the same group, but some of the stones were removed over the ages for unknown purposes.

Rows upon rows of menhirs and dolmens make for a peaceful walk, removed from time - especially as the site is only open during the winter, so as not to damage the precarious balance of the stones - and the atmosphere when walking among them is truly unique.

The Museum of Prehistory nearby sheds light on their meaning, although, so far, their true significance remains unknown, and the subject of many legends and stories.

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