Situated on the North West coast of France, the region of Brittany is just a short ferry ride from the UK, yet has a unique, Celtic-influenced culture and way of life all of its own. This beautiful part of France has something to suit everyone, from couples seeking romance to families seeking fun in the sun.
Below are just eight reasons why you should book a stay in our family villas in Brittany…
2800km of Stunning Coastline
Being a coastal region, Brittany boasts 2800km of incredible coastline, with the scenery ranging from secluded islands to rugged pink granite formations and dramatic tall cliffs. There are several seaside resorts that are perfect for families, each lined with fine sandy beaches.
With such a long coastline, naturally, Brittany is also home to some of the world’s tastiest seafood. At low tide, you can even collect your own seafood, which is a popular pastime in Brittany. If you want something cooked by the pros, try the famous platter plateau de fruits de mer, or go for a hearty bowl of moule marinières.
After Paris, Brittany is France’s largest historical heritage region – it is home to over 2,900 protected monuments; perfect for those who are fascinated by history. Choose from fortified towns like Saint-Malo, medieval castles such as that of Fougeres or even a visit to the historic capital of Nantes among other historical attractions.
Hiking and Cycling
For those who like to be active, you’ll find it easy to explore Brittany on foot or by bike. Cycle through the apple orchards or along the coastal path of the Côte Sauvage, or alternatively, hike through the Brocéliande forest or over the Monts d’Arrée moors the choice is yours!
Boasting around 800 islands and islets, Brittany is home to several species of birdlife you’ll struggle to spot anywhere else. Head off the beaten track and take a boat out to sea, where you’ll find a plethora of birds, especially around the islands of Bréhat, Île de Sein, Île de Batz, Belle-Île and Île aux Moines in the Morbihan Gulf.
We’ve already mentioned the seafood, but theres a whole host of other great cuisines to sample in Brittany, too. There are restaurants to suit all budgets and appetites, and if you’re looking for a sweet snack, you can also stop at one of the many creperie restaurants you’ll find in the area.
Become at one with the water and enjoy some top-class sailing in Brittany, where it has always been a highly popular pastime. The vast majority of the sea resorts have yachting clubs where equipment hire and sailing lessons are all on offer, or, for a slower pace, gently cruise along over 600km of canals and rivers. If you’d rather watch the professionals in action, Brittany also hosts several boat races and regattas throughout the year.
Brittany’s mild climate means that you can visit all year round. In the summer temperatures are a pleasant 20-25°C, while in the winter, temperatures are between 8-15°C. Its positioning with the Gulf stream also means that Brittany avoids the harsher weather experienced in the regions of France that are further north.
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