A craggy coastline, natural sites, chapels and wayside crosses, footpaths and legends... Even after several stays in Brittany, there’s plenty left to discover.
A barbarian prow, sculpted by the sea. Finis terrae... land’s end. It’s by sea – Armor – that one should approach blue Brittany, the land of deep estuaries, lighthouses set on stones, sand and pebble beaches, jagged cliffs, capes and strings of islands.
From Dinard to Nantes, 1,700 kilometres of coastline keep pace with maritime weather and the to-and-fro movements of the ocean. It’s heaven to pleasure boating enthusiasts, scuba-diving amateurs and those city-dwellers who come seeking a boost from thalassotherapy, which has of late become a regional specialty.
If you’re more of land-dweller than a sailor, maybe you should start your stay in Brittany with Rennes. The regional capital deserves a stop, if only to visit the Museum of Brittany, to enjoy the evening hustle and bustle around Place Sainte-Anne... and to choose the ideal itinerary for an enriching stay.
Heading north, you will go to Dinan and Saint-Malo – the old Corsair city. Then you will move down towards the Emerald Coast, and to the Pink Granit Coast facing the Seven Islands, before crossing the Tregor and the Léon areas to reach Ouessant.
You will then enter the heart of Armorique via Loudéac, reaching Brest after crossing the lands of Finistère. Your stay in Brittany will help you absorb this region from the inside: forests and small lakes, grey and blue hamlets, fountains and chapels.
Nature lovers can pace through the moor and forest of Brocéliande, searching for Merlin the Wizard, before sailing down the Odet River from Bénodet, watching the fish auction at Audierne harbour, boarding for the Island of Sein, and following the trail of artists from Douarnenez to Pont-Aven.
Brittany’s religious heritage
Further south, Carnac, the most renowned and mysterious of megalithic sites, still boasts 4,000 menhirs, relics from very ancient rituals. Demonstrating that in Brittany, religious fervour has indeed spanned the rites and centuries. Christian art also has a prominent presence: nine cathedrals, Romanesque and Gothic churches, humble chapels and countless wayside crosses.
Inside all those holy places, we find: jubes, stained-glass windows, ex-votos, organ chests, baptisteries, banners and altarpieces bringing the lives and times of the Saints alive. Just as the “Pardons” do, those traditional ceremonies that are an excuse for major gatherings, as well as being great opportunities to party, sing and dance.
Brittany, land of festivals
In summer, all the villages in Brittany echo with the sound of their "fest-noz": driven by Breton bagpipes, bombardes and accordions, the past and the traditions come to life during these very convivial festivals. It’s during those privileged moments that you will get a chance to sample black wheat pancakes, Plaiharnel charcuterie, andouille from Guéméné, Belon oysters, a Far Breton pastry or the chestnut flavour of pure butter used in making Kouign Amann cake.
And that leaves the light – that very special Brittany light where blue pursues grey and vice-versa during a Breton drizzle... The light that has inspired so many artists, the light that keeps passing birds from moving on...
Feeling like a real change? Logis hotel restaurants in Brittany (lien vers la page des réservations) will welcome you all year round, offering you a programme of relaxation and an intense experience of returning to the roots.