Despite its proximity to Paris, Brittany’s vantage along France’s northern Atlantic coast feels a world away from the city of lights. Each year thousands travel to Brittany for its unfailing authentic atmosphere, strolling through storybook medieval villages, wandering lush forests, drinking cider fresh off the press and exploring its craggy coast. The region is a bastion of history, ranging from Carnac’s Neolithic monuments to relics from the Second World War. Take a look at Travel + Leisure’s Brittany travel guide and start exploring this slice of quintessential France.
Things Not to Miss in Brittany
Brittany travel wouldn’t be complete without:
• Exploring Saint Malo, a walled port city that juts stunningly into the English Channel
• Sampling fresh-pressed cider, a specialty of the region
• Traipsing through inland medieval communes, like Dinan and Vitré
• Walking the coastline of the Gulf of Morbihan
When to Go to Brittany
Tourists banking on dry weather when they visit Brittany have the greatest chance of success in July and August, when the temperatures are hottest, and the crowds are biggest. With the area’s temperate climate, winters tend to be drawn out, cold and wet, and many of its hotels and restaurants close for a stretch. For better hotel rates and more breathing room, opt for travel plans in May or September.