Brittany, coast region in western France, is considered the largest peninsula of France and includes the department Côtes d'Armor, Finistère, Ile-et-Vilaine andMorbihan. Largest city in Brittany, as well as the regional capital, is “Rennes”. At times of the Gauls this land was called Armorica, which means "country by the sea". And even today Brittany is mainly influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, which surrounds it in the north, west and south. The Breton word for sea "Armor" refers to the diversity of this coastal area, its more than 800 islands, lighthouses and the wadden sea. This fascinating and varied coastline offers impressive rock formations, picturesque sandy beaches, sheltered bays, and authentic fishing village with its picturesque harbors. Unique cultural treasures are also found here.
Popular destination, for example, is the pink granite coast "Côte de Granit Rose", between Pointe de l'Arscouet and Trébeurden, the pink shiny granite cliffs are very impressive and you’ll find them in similar form only in three other places in the world (Canada-Ontario, Corsica and China). The countryside of Brittany, a natural paradise with remote villages and stone houses, has its special charm. More than 6000 megaliths and 1000 dolmens are found in Brittany, the largest collection with more than 3000 stones is in Carnac. Delicacies of the region are offered in the so-called "Ferme Auberge" (countryside restaurants), and are best accompanied by the worldwide estimated, sparkling Breton cider.
Numerous restaurants offer culinary delights for every taste, highly recommended is of course the excellent seafood, fresher than in any other place. Further more don’t miss the typical Breton "Crêperie", from savory "crêpes au Sarrasin" (thin buckwheat pancakes) in all variations, to sweet "crêpes au Froment" (thin wheat flour pancakes), flambé with Grand Marnier and vanilla ice cream, with sugar or jam, with fruit or chocolate... a real pleasure! And again, this is best accompanied by a chilled cider brut (slightly dry) or doux (sweet)!
Thanks to its fascinating coast, its wonderful seaside location and its wide range of activity opportunities, Brittany is one of the most popular holiday destinations in France. Who once discovers its charm, just comes back again and again to Brittany!
The westernmost tip of Brittany is called Finistère (English "end of the world"). This beautiful area with its 300 km of stunning coastline is characterized by deep into the country reaching fjord-like indentations ("Abers" or "Aven"), jagged rock formations, vast natural sandy beaches, and into the sea towering cliffs with wonderful views. Recommended are, for example, the fantastic views over the sea from the Pointe du Raz, the Pointe de Corse, and the Pointe de Saint Mathieu. Boat-trips to the picturesque, natural islands are worthwhile and you’ll get information in the local “Office de Tourisme" (Tourist Office). Thanks to the pleasant water temperatures, caused by the Gulf Stream, and the ideal swell, Brittany is a paradise for water sport fans of all kinds, the different coastal sections provide best conditions for sailing, windsurfing, diving and wave riding. Idyllic seaside villages with harbors offer entertainment; a special experience is the return of the fishing boats to the harbor, or the visit of the porcelain-painting studio of the port city Quimper, famous for its traditional pottery. The Finistère department is still rich in Breton traditions: the famous "Pardon" (pilgrimages), costume parades, Breton music, folk dances and the Breton language are very well preserved.
The fascinating coast of Brittany has inspired painters, such as Gauguin and Renoir, and many of their works are exhibited in museums in Brest, Quimper and Pont-Aven.
Finistère offers the ideal combination of beach holiday and adventure! Satisfaction for everyone!
The peninsula Crozon, part of the Breton natural reserve Armorica ("Parc naturel régional d'Armorique") is situated in the far west of the Finistère department, between the cities of Brest and Quimper. The peninsula is especially characterized by its wonderful bays along the coast, its wide sandy beaches framed by rock formations and its fascinating rock caves (for instance caves of Morgat), some of which are only accessible at low tide for a few hours. Known as paradise for surfers, sailors and windsurfers the peninsula of Crozon offers ideal water conditions.
Impressive cliff walks, with cliffs partly over 100 meters hight, belong to the most enjoyable attractions. Next to the Cap de la Chèvre, the highest cliff, are many exciting coast spots. The bizarre rock formations of Pointe de Penhir near Camaret-sur-Mer and the Pointe de Dinan, west of Crozon, are very interesting sites.
In the heart of the peninsula Crozon, is located the small typical Breton town “Crozon”. Here you’ll find authentic stone houses and a small marketplace with a few shops, restaurants and bars. Next to the village Crozon is the fishing and beach town “Morgat” which has a very nice harbor and very good fish restaurants. Boat tours offer the opportunity to visit the extraordinary rock caves of Morgat.
Further more a trip to Camaret-sur-Mer is worthwhile, especially for gourmets, as it is the most important lobster port of France.
But it is not only the ocean that makes the peninsula Crozon so attractive, various activities are on the program: cycling, hiking, cliff-walks, climbing, cultural and historical discoveries and much more attractions will guarantee a perfect holiday! Enjoy the beauty of nature and the charm of the cozy, authentic fishing-villages!