a VirtualTourist member from Portland
My wife & I are traveling in Brittany in late May. Starting in Rennes (after train from Paris), driving west for a week, ending in Nantes, then taking the train to Paris to spend several days there. Planning to have a few days in Renne, then on to St.-Malo, Dinan with an open-ended driving itinerary through towns like Lamballe, Quingamp, Abbaye de Beauport, Paimpol, Treguier, Cairn, St-Pol-de-Lean, Roscoff, Quimper, Auray, Carnac & Vannes. Looking for Breton culture and cuisine. Any recommendations to strike off this list of list or add to it? Any places to merit special attention?
You seem to have forgotten to mention Mont St Michel, which would be a shame to miss if you are in our area. From MSM to St Malo it'll only take 40 mins afterwards. I wouldn't bother with Lamballe, nothing much there. While you are in Paimpol, go out to Brehat island on a short ferry ride, well worth it. The cathedral and cloister in Treguier are "mustn't miss".Carentec near Roscoff is worth an hour of your time. Heading down the coast from Concarneau don't miss Pont-Aven also. There's certainly plenty enough in Brittany to see and help you enjoy yourself.
unlike the previous posters I not a native of this beautiful piece of France, nevertheless I have had a very nice time there with lots of interesting experiences. I stayed in Pleubian at the time, near to Treguier at the Cote de Granit Rose. My family and I went to visit such places as Ile de Bréhat, and Trégastel,from where you can take a boat trip to the Reserve Natural des sept Iles, a bird watcher's paradise with thousands of seabirds 14 kms off shore. There's also the "Village Gaulois" in the town of Pleumeur-Bodou, about ten miles south of Trégastel. This and more information can be found on my Brittany page ([original VT link] but just to be safe you might want to double check any information with that of other members because the page dates back to 2003. In any case, have fun and enjoy this wonderful part of the world.
If you're in the area, Quimper is worth a visit. The church is unique and the Beaux Arts is very interesting and somewhat different. The town itself is very pretty. You can type Quimper into the VT Search Window above to see what's been written about it or check the following web sites.
Fougeres is a nice town with a beautiful fortified castle and great views. Again, type it into the Search Window to see VT Travel Pages and check the town web site at brittanytourism.com/discover...
I can only echo Paul's sentiment that it would be a shame to miss Mont St. Michel when you are so close. It is an absolute must-see in France. http://www.abbaye-montsaintmichel.com/
Here is the Brittany Tourism web site which we've used and found helpful and you may want to check VT member gwened's Travel Pages because he lives in Brittany and has written extensively.
Here's the link to gwened's Home Page where you can check his Travel Pages. Easier is to simply click on his name where you see it and that will take you there.
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I will add my vote for Mont St Michel. It is truly amazing and for me one of the true highlights of all my European travels. There will be some people who will warn you against it because of the crowds but take no notice of them. The crowds are there because there is something spectacular to see and there is enough room for all of you to see it.
Yes, certainly Mont St Michel...just a note to that long list...Look out for announcements for pardons and fest noz (look for posters) - they will be announced and maybe some of the VT people here can advise you - they are the heart and soul of Breton culture - if you are lucky, you can catch one (I was in Brittany once in May and there were several pardons, including one of the horses...) and if you are really lucky, both - There will be traditional and trad-based music concerts too - The standing stones in Carnac are famous, but there is also a wonderful walk in the next town (I stayed there but I have forgotten the name for now) where you go through the woods and there are all these neolithic stone sites, incredible!!
I would recommend taking time off the driving, for some hikes on the best parts of coastal paths, like Perros-Guirec to Ploumanach, the Cap-Frehel, Pointe de la Torche areas, along the estuaries of Pont-Aven (another interesting, art-related town) and Trégor...
Brehat Island is beautiful in springtime.
Near Pont-Aven is oysters lovers' haven in Belon, as in Cancale on the north coast.
A wonderful B&B at Cap Fréhel in the middle of 'nowhere': [original VT link]
Thanks for your recommendation on Quimper & Fougeres. Also on not missing Mont St. Michel and checking gwened's travel pages.
Thanks for adding to our list of possible destinations. Many options to consider for the short time that we are visiting.
Thanks for the recommendation for Relais du Cap Fréhel. Understand from your posting that it might take some effort to find but is well worth searching out.
Well, the B&B has a good website these days so it shouldn't be too difficult. I remember driving up there, thinking we were in the middle of nowhere but there it was... very memorable, that's why I recommend it.