Sat in the north west of France, the plush region of Brittany sees many travelers each year who come to enjoy this beautiful Celtic nation. This region of France simply screams exploration, wooded areas, vast areas of untouched greenery and deep traditions, evidence of which can be seen throughout the land. Whilst it is known for its crisp cider and its beautiful crepes, Brittany offers tourists far more than that and here are just 5 reasons why you should go and explore this stunning French region.
Coastline, over 2,900 miles of varied and dramatic coastline, rugged in parts, blissful in others, explorers will love to travel the Breton coastline to explore it all. Along the coastline there are some fantastic trails for those with a bend for hiking and cycling with several beautiful towns and villages seemingly popping up from nowhere. You can enjoy the high cliffs sat up in the north and in south, deep estuaries to marvel at. Along the coastline there is, of course, some lovely sandy beaches where you can enjoy the fresh sea breeze and several resorts in between to enjoy.
Brittany truly embraces its Celtic roots and there are regular festivals throughout the year where you will be able to witness dancing and music that harks from an earlier time. Most festivals take place throughout June-August and if you are around during this time then you can indulge yourself in some bagpipe music and some Ceilidh-style dancing.
You don’t find a region this close to the sea that doesn’t offer fantastic seafood and Brittany is no different. The fruits de mêr here come from a mixture of the Atlantic Ocean, the English Channel and the Celtic sea and they taste delicious. If you really want to do it like the locals then head down to the beach at low tide and grab your own seafood as whelks and limpets gather on the beach.
There are over 800 islands and tiny islets on the coast of Brittany and you can explore them to see interesting sea life and glorious landscapes. For those who truly want to explore Brittany you need to jump in a boat and hit the islands. The island also offer one of the most breathtaking vistas of the coastline and on a clear day, you might just see the white cliffs of Dover.
For the adventurous among you, why not try a spot of sailing during your time in Brittany. The region hosts some of the World’s greatest sailing events and regattas and there is a real infrastructure here that is geared up for sailing. There are schools and sailing clubs along the coast and you can sign up for a lesson or two during your time here. Sailing is a calm and enjoyable way for you to spend your time in Brittany and with over 600km of canals and rivers, you can opt to shun the sea in search of a more tranquil experience.