It’s worth visiting the Guérande Peninsula, simply to view the salt marshes and saltpans that made this area famous. From Guérande’s 15th Century Ramparts during early July or August, you’ll likely witness folk music and dancing, whilst locals dressed in the traditional costumes of salt workers will add flavour.
Towns and Villages of Brittany
Quiberon is a lively, popular resort with a huge sandy beach, pretty harbour and some superb seafood restaurants. From Port Maria you can take a boat trip to Belle-Île, Houat and Hoedic. It’s also a busy fishing harbour, once renowned for sardines, so gets packed tight in summer.
Auray greets visitors with an enthralling maze of cobbled streets, leading to a picture postcard harbour. The town is renowned for the fierce ‘Battle of Auray’, fought in 1364. You can battle your way round the wonderful markets on Sunday and Monday morning, stocking up on fresh local produce.
While St Malo is a busy and popular ferry port, it is also one of the prettiest and most charming cities you will ever see. The old town inside the walled part of the city in particular is a maze of cobbled streets and towering granite buildings.
This ancient port remains key to the fishing industry in France. Visitors can join sardine boats for a real adventure, whilst early morning (Mon-Thurs) is the time to view the raucous fish auction. The old walled town is where the streets narrow and the restaurants expand.
Nestling in a picturesque valley, this old market town oozes Celtic charm. It’s the place to buy traditional costumes and ‘musique’. The old capital of Finistère, Quimper is relaxed and easygoing. Make a point of visiting the 13th Century St Corentin Cathedral, the Musée des Beaux Arts and the bustling Halles St François Market.
This old naval port is located on one of France’s most glorious natural harbours. While the sea views from the bustling quays are amazing, you should avert your gaze to visit the impressive Pont de l'Iroise Bridge and Océanopolis.
The medieval capital of Brittany, this walled city has half-timbered houses and a popular aquarium. Be sure to visit the pretty Port de Plaisance as well as Port St Vincent, the original gateway into the town from the sea.