WHY CHOOSE BRITTANY
There are so many reasons why Brittany has been one of the most popular holiday destinations with Irish families for decades. The rugged coastline is lined with fine golden beaches and innumerable rocky coves. Inland, the picturesque countryside is scattered with pretty villages and historic towns.
The distinctive Breton culture is always in evidence, with many Celtic festivals taking place throughout the summer months. The region is rich in folklore and traditions of yesteryear.
Seafood is a speciality, with many restaurants serving their fresh produce at the many quaint fishing ports. A trip to Brittany wouldn’t be the same without sampling the local crêpes and savoury galettes, which can be washed down with glass of local cider. An experience to savour.
Forget the idea that the summer in Brittany is damp and wet. The coastal area of South Finistère enjoys long hours of glorious sunshine, with only moderate rainfall. The Gulf stream boosts the water temperature to make the whole coast ideal for yachting and watersports of all kind.
How To Get There By Ferry
BENODET 121 km/1hr 50
CARNAC 205 km/2hr 35
DOL-DE-BRETAGNE 200 km/2hr 30
BENODET 280 km/3hr 30
CARNAC 210 km/2hr 40
DOL-DE-BRETAGNE 30 km/30 min
BENODET 445 km/5hr 30
CARNAC 372 km/4hr 45
DOL-DE-BRETAGNE 191 km/2hr 20
BENODET 733 km/8hr
CARNAC 662 km/7hr
DOL-DE-BRETAGNE 481 km/5hr
How To Get There By Air
BENODET 98 km/1hr20
DOL-DE-BRETAGNE 230 km/2hr 40
BENODET 232 km/3hr
CARNAC 125 km/1hr 45
DOL-DE-BRETAGNE 185 km/2hr 15
DOL-DE-BRETAGNE 29 km/35mins
CARNAC 140 km/2hr
DOL-DE-BRETAGNE 74 km/1hr
HIGHLIGHTS OF BRITTANY
- LE MONT ST MICHEL. Arguably the most famous sight in France. This magnificent gothic monastery rises dramatically above the medieval walled village and is accessible only by a causeway at low tide.
- ST MALO. Visit this ancient walled town and fishing port with its colourful marina. Don’t miss the huge marine aquarium which houses large shark tanks.
- QUIMPER. The ancient capital of Brittany. This medieval market town is set on the banks of the river Odet.
- BELLE ILE. Take a boat trip to this truly beautiful island by the Gulf of Morbihan.
- PONT SCORFF ZOO. The kids will love the wide range of wild animals on view at this zoo just north of Lorient.
- THE STANDING STONES AT CARNAC. Over three thousand standing stones, or Menhirs, stretch along for three km making it one of Europe’s most important prehistoric sites (located at the entrance to La Grande Métairie resort).
- CONCARNEAU. A visit to the ‘Ville Close’ is highly recommended.
PLACES TO SEE… THINGS TO DO…
- Glenan islands
- Golf at Golf de l’Odet
- The regional capital of Quimper
- Fishing port of Concarneau
- Pointe du Raz, France’s own Land’s End
- Le Mont St. Michel
- The ancient walled town of St. Malo and its aquarium
- St. Leonard is within walking distance
- Channel islands – easy to reach from St. Malo
- Rennes – Good shopping town
- Megalithic stones at resort entrance
- The peninsula of Quiberon
- Medieval town of Vannes
- Marina at La Trinité
- Markets at Auray