Situated on the North West coast of France, the region on
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 ten reasons why you should book
a stay in our Brittany villas:
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’s several seaside resorts
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 marinieres.
If it’s a new culture you’re looking to immerse yourself in,
Brittany is steeped in it and is immensely proud of its Celtic heritage. In
July and August especially, you’ll be able to join in with all kinds of
festivities, from Celtic dance to religious processions and bagpipe music.
After Paris, Brittany is France’s largest historical
heritage region, home to over 2900 protected monuments, perfect for those who
are fascinated in history. Choose from fortified towns such as St-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 Cote Sauvage, or alternatively, hike through the
Broceliande forest or over the Monts d’Arree moors – the choice is yours!
Food markets are still a vital element of daily life in many
French towns and villages, popping up every week with their lively atmosphere
and colourful displays. These are the best places to sample some fresh produce
as well as local specialties, from fruit and vegetables to meat, fish and
freshly baked bread.
Boasting around 800 islands and islets, Brittany is home to
several species of bird-life 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 Brehat, Sein, Batz, Belle-Ile and Ile
aux Moines in the Morbihan Gulf.
We’ve already mentioned the seafood, but there’s a whole
host of other great cuisine to sample in Brittany, too. There’s 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 all 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
Brittany’s mild climate means that you can visit all year
around – 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 it avoids the harsher weather experienced in the further north
regions of France.