Brittany Travel Guide
From Neolithic megaliths to contemporary artisan boutiques, the range of things to do in Brittany is a wide one.
Much of what to do in Brittany revolves around its picturesque coastline. The port town of Saint Malo juts out into the English Channel, offering views from the ramparts of its city walls, which have remained intact since the Middle Ages. Here, visitors can soak up local culture along cobblestone streets, or breath in fresh air along its golden-sand beach.
The Côte de Granit-Rose, or “pink granite coast,” stretches along the region’s northern coastline, glinting and glittering with sand and rock formations composed of its namesake sediment. Similarly stunning natural formations can be found on the Atlantic islands in the area, including the Île de Bréhat. For history lovers, can’t-miss things to do in Brittany include a look at the more than 3,000 megaliths (standing stones) erected by the Neolithic Breton people that dot the area.
On the culinary side, ideas of what to do in Brittany not only include stops at the port cities of Vannes and Saint Malo. Inland villages such as Dinan offer a mix of historic sights and contemporary Breton flavors.
The island is monopolized by normal, regular French people of average means in the normal, regular business of being on holiday: riding bikes, picnicking, swimming (even though the water never averages more than 64 degrees), buying honey at the market, wearing out the plastic cafe furniture.
Five miles northwest of Quimper, a first-generation cider maker produces top-notch brews and distilled lambigs.
This homey boutique makes stylish furnishings and tote bags out of recycled sailcloth.
To the modern visitor, the island offers a small but exquisite menu of simple pleasures: walking, cycling, birding, glancing over garden walls to dote on the hydrangeas, eating.
Pick up provisions from this esteemed shop and picnic on the St.-Malo seawall.
Among today's tourists, the most popular souvenir is a half-dozen cans of prized millimisée sardines (they're dated, like wine) from this La Belle-Îloise boutique.