7 places to see in Brittany
Although Brittany is not known for its summer weather and its beautiful sunshine, it is nevertheless a popular destination for both the French and the whole world! Famous for its landscapes where the wind hits cliffs and rocks, Brittany is known for its squares, its beautiful forests filled with legends or its unique culture, without forgetting a famous gastronomy that makes all its visitors salivate.
Our selection of 7 places to discover in Brittany
Between historical sites, beaches, islands and monuments, Brittany boasts a cultural and historical wealth unique in the world. There, you will have the choice between hotels, guest houses or camping Brittany to enjoy the trip closer to nature.
To help you find your way around, here is an overview of 7 places you must visit during your stay!
The peninsula’Island of Crozon
Located in front of the town of Brest, the peninsula of Crozon owes its name to its main town. Endowed with an incredible fauna and flora, this presqu’The island has long been used as a defense site and has been equipped with multiple fortifications, dating from the Iron Age to the Second World War.
In addition to the fortifications, this site is a true natural sanctuary. Not cultivated because of the assault of the sea and its rocky ground, the wild fauna and flora reign there, free of any human intervention.
Do not be fooled by its name, the Forêt-Fouesnant has nothing of a forest. On the contrary, it is a seaside resort, part of what is now called “the Breton Riviera”. With a beautiful marina, this town has many sites to visit. There are prehistoric and Roman vestiges, monuments, churches and manors.
In addition to that, the Forêt-Fouesnant has a beach strongly frequented, the beach of Kerleven.
The Pointe de Raz
Classified as a Great Site of France, the Pointe de Raz has what to subjugate those who contemplate it. At the Pointe du Raz, the feeling of being alone in the world facing a rough sea and a sometimes raging wind is striking. Indeed, this site is the most advanced rocky promontory of the Cape Sizun and culminates at 72 m of altitude.
The Pointe de Raz is an important tourist site which welcomes every year about 1 million visitors. Rich in vegetation and sea birds, the site is a must for nature lovers and hikers.
The alignments of Carnac
As famous as Stonehenge in England, the alignments of Carnac is a must-see site, especially for history and heritage lovers. Here are the famous menhirs that many children know from the adventures of Asterix.
Located in the communes of Carnac and La Trinité-sur-Mer, this is the site with the most megaliths in the world. Indeed, 4000 stones were set up there, dating from 4500 years before J.C.
Today, this site feeds many legends from the local folklore. It is said that each stone hides a treasure, but that anyone who would like to appropriate it would die.
According to archaeologists, the paths of menhirs were actually used to trace paths to a place or a sacred temple.
The Fréhel Cape
It gives the impression of being perched above the sea and its waves. Surrounded by sumptuous cliffs eroded by the sea, the Cape Fréhel is a real postcard of Brittany. A place to go absolutely to observe the sea birds and the nature.
Near the Cape, the Fort la Latte seems to merge with the cliffs and constitutes a formidable destination to finish the course.
Detached from the mainland, theIsland of Houat is a plateau made of granite stone, and measuring 3.3 km long and 1.5 km wide. This small piece of land has been inhabited since the Neolithic period, and there are standing menhirs and skeletons.
Nowadays, the island of Houat is a well preserved place. Motor vehicles are not allowed and mail arrives by boat. The island is a great natural area to admire, covered with ferns, moors and sand dunes near the beach.
It was in the 13th century that Premonstratensian canons settled in Beauport. Their abbey developed rapidly, with an order for the construction of dykes, the development of salt mines and other hydraulic systems.
In the 17th century, the abbey contributed to the theological, intellectual and spiritual influence of Beauport, but the situation eventually deteriorated, so that by the French Revolution, it was a shadow of its former self.
Today, the ruins of the abbey It is an important tourist site, with many well-preserved remains.