The Brittany Coast region of France is incredibly popular with families. Just a hop and a skip from the UK mainland and thanks to the Channel Tunnel and the excellent cross-channel ferry services, the Brittany Coast has never been more accessible for those planning a family adventure.
Brittany is located on France’s northern coast, a rugged land of harsh coastlines. Featuring some of Europe’s most breathtaking views, Brittany is home to over 4,000 chateaux, manor houses and medieval homes. It is the perfect holiday destination for those families looking for water-sports, fine French cuisine and those keen to learn about Brittany’s fascinating history.
For those visitors with a car (highly recommended) coming to Brittany and France from the UK, the easiest and cheapest option is to either take the Channel Tunnel or one of the cross-channel ferries from Dover to Calais. From there it is an easy and pleasant drive to start your Brittany family adventure.
Brittany is home to a varying range of cities such as the capital, Rennes, medieval villages to thriving coastal cities.
You won’t often see Rennes raved about in Lonely Planet, Rough Guide or any of the other tour guides book and this a shame because the city has a lot to off the discerning traveller and their family. With just over 200,000 inhabitants, 60,000 of whom are students, the city offersa vibrant night-life. Yet for those looking a relaxing holiday, try planning a visit to Rennes between the 15th July and August 15th when most the population have fled to the coast- however the cafes and restaurants will be still thriving. The Festival des Tombées de la Nuit is a particularly enjoyable occasion as residents and visitors alike take to the streets and enjoy free entertainment.
Brittany is comprised of four regions; Cotes-d’Armor, Finistere, Ille-et-Vilaine and Morbihan.
Cotes-d’Armor offers visitors a rich abundance of coastal towns, fishing ports and a largely agricultural interior dotted with small and charming villages. Travellers should visit visit the Pink Granite Coast, which offers beautiful vistas, from pink granite outcrops to sandy beaches.
The city of Brest is located in the region of Finistere and while most the city was destroyed in World War II, there is something to offer visitors for a couple of hours. The city is home to a an aquarium, Oceanopolis, which showcases the world’s oceans across three thematic pavilions. While the Tanguy Tower is a good spot for those interested in the history of the town.
Ille-et-Vilaine is perfect for those looking to get out there and enjoy some hiking, there are a range of hiking options available, including, a circuit of ‘Le Pont Rozel’, Le Circuit des 3 rivieres, and the Pond of Le Blavon.
Morbihan is known in Brittany for its rich history and culture, the name comes from the Breton ‘little sea’ referencing the inland sea of Golfe du Morbihan. The area is packed with wildlife, and popular with yachts and small vessels meandering through the islands.