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June 26, 2020

Brittany Travel Guide



Brittany France Travel Guide by Travelling Hopper

Brittany France 

Are you planning on a trip to Brittany this year? If your answer is yes, keep on reading to find out everything about this beautiful region in France!

 
Brittany is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world as it offers everyone something to do, regardless of age.


The endless, white coastline of Brittany spreads over 700 miles to reward you with breathtaking ocean views. Therefore, the trip you plan for Brittany will never be boring with all those beaches, historic cities, tiny fishing villages, medieval castles, and lush mountain scenery.

The Departments, Cities and Towns in Brittany



It is essential to know the departments and cities before getting on with the places to visit on your trip to Brittany.

At present, Brittany is divided into four departments; Côtes d’Armor (22) in the north, Morbihan (56) in the south, Finistère (29) in the west and Ille et Vilaine (35) in the east. There are nine main cities as well; Brest, Lorient, Quiberon, Quimper, Rennes, Saint-Brieuc, Saint-Malo, Vannes and Vitré.

But Brittany was a part of the Duchy of Brittany, and now it is a separate region with Rennes as its capital. At the same time, the rest of it is the historic archenemy, the department of Loire Atlantique. It is the only wine-growing region in Brittany with Nantes as the capital and a seaport known as Saint Nazaire.

The Must-See Places to Visit in Brittany, France


Famous Tourist Destinations in Brittany France


Brest

Brest, being a French naval base, was destroyed in WWII, but nothing could stop the rise of this historical city into what you see now. Visit the Conservatoire Botanique National de Brest to see more than 1500 species of plants and the National Navy Museum of Brest to see a huge collection of ships and equipment used by the navy. Océanopolis is a must-visit as it is the coolest aquarium in the world with three marine worlds; tropical, polar, and temperate. There are over 50 sub aquariums located inside it to provide a home to 1000 animal species like penguins,

seals and jellyfish!


Saint Brieuc

Saint Brieuc is not much of a city to grab your attention. Still, you can visit the 13th-century solid granite made Saint Brieuc Cathedral. Place du Martray’s half-timbered stone houses, Les Chaos du Gouët (a 10-kilometer trail in a dense wet forest), and the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire to discover the culture of Brittany.


Quimper

You can also visit the 13th-century Gothic-style Quimper Cathedral and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Quimper which accommodates the biggest collection of artwork in Western France (over 3000 pieces) by Jean-Marie de Silgu. Don’t forget to enjoy the most vibrant cultural festival in Brittany, Festival de Cornouaille if you visit Quimper in July.


Carnac

Carnac is famous for the Carnac stones. A collection of megalithic sites in Brittany contains 3000 standing stones, the most extensive such collection in the world dating back to the Neolithic period.


Locronan

This cobble paved village is the prettiest village in Brittany, and the houses are built in solid granite with slate roofs to take you back in time as far as the 15th century. Take a quick visit to the Place de l’Eglise (the town square), 13th century Church of Saint Ronan, and soak in the beautiful views of the countryside at Rue Saint Maurice.


Concarneau

Much is not expected in Concarneau as it is a fishing harbor, but you can visit the old town ‘Ville Close’ and walk along the city’s ramparts. You can also explore the castle ‘Chateau de Keriolet’ and head to one of the beaches Plage des Dames or Plage des Sables Blancs in the evening.


Lorient

The historic fishing port of Lorient thrives in Brittany. It offers many things for its visitors to see; Lorient Bay (great spot to see colorful yachts), 18th century Maison de l’Imprimeur, the German Submarine Base, Church of Notre-Dame-de-Victoire, etc. And if you are willing to go a little outside Lorient, you can explore the Ile de Groix (island) and spend the evening at Larmor Plage Beach.


Vannes

Vannes is another medieval yet an urbanized town in Brittany with half-timbered houses and a fishing harbor. Take a quick look at Porte St-Vincent Ferrier (the main gate), “Mr and Mrs Vannes” in Place Valencia, Château Gaillard, La Cohue Museum of Fine Arts and jump in a boat to Gulf of Morbihan from Parc du Golfe. Don’t forget to check out the Jardin aux Papillons (butterfly dome) and spend some time in the Beach of Conleau.


Rennes

Rennes is famous for the highest number of half-timbered houses in Brittany, in which 300 such colorful houses seen of all which survived the fire of 1720. Other admirable attractions in Rennes are the red-white Maison Ti-Koz (the most photogenic and the oldest house in Rennes), Rue du Champ-Jacquet, Baroque style Rennes City Hall and Parc du Thabor (a serene, filled park with a waterfall and vibrant flowers).


Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo’s fortifications of the 17th century are fascinating. And the old city of Saint-Malo, gothic-styled St Malo Cathedral (with eye-catching stained glass windows), Fort National, etc. are must-visit attractions. You can also find plenty of beautiful secluded beaches here; Bon Secours Beach, Nicet Beach, and Eventail Beach.


Dinan

The attraction in Dinan is this medieval town itself because you won’t believe places like this exist in real life unless you set your foot in Dinan. A good place to start is the Centre Historique with its half-timbered houses and well-paved streets. The tiny boutique shops and art galleries are impressive. St. Sauveur Basilica of the 12the century is not to miss along with some places like Château de Dinan Museum, Centre Ville Market.


Nantes

Once famous shipbuilding city has now lost its glamour to urbanization but Nantes’ history remains intact with the ancient monuments and buildings. You can visit the Chateau of the Dukes of Brittany (a 13th-century palace housing a museum at present), Nantes Cathedral (which contains the tomb of Duke of France, Francis II) Les Machines de l’Ile (the walking elephant is amazing!), Passage Pommeraye (a 19th-century shopping complex), Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle and much more.


Saint Nazaire

Saint Nazaire is famous for being a military shipbuilding industrial city, and therefore, the attractions you see here are mostly related to military affairs and war. The Submarine Base with Escal’ Atlantic tour, Submarine Espadon (first French submarine to dive in the Arctic), Écomusée de Saint-Nazaire (a museum that shows you the history of the shipbuilding industry in Saint-Nazaire), the Airbus tour and the STX Shipyard Tour are must-dos and sees in this city.




















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June 12, 2020

Quimper Travel Guide

Quimper Travel Guide



Quimper France  

While there are many places and attractions to visit in France, the Quimper is the old capital of La Cornouaille in France. This is the traditional and culture-rich region in Brittany. This city may be full of life now, but it has seen a lot of local wars. Quimper was set up in Roman time, but Quimper has become a Bishopric by the 495 AD. 

Quimper has been famous for pottery and the faience that marks Quimper’s excellent production since the 17th century. It is a town with a lot to explore, and the travel guide below will help you to discover.


10 Best Places to Visit in Quimper (Brittany) France


The cultural heart of Britany, that is Quimper, has a lot to offer. People come here not only because of the culture but also to enjoy the annual festival of Breton Culture. You can find the cathedrals, museums, and many other attractions that are the star of the show. While you are traveling to Quimper, make sure you make the most of this vacation and absorb soothing vibe with the rich-culture.
Below we have some places that you must visit when you go for Quimper travel.

Quimper City Center

The city center is the attractions that you would want to visit and walk through the medieval construction. The city center in Quimper has remarkable importance that appeals and attracts the tourists and makes them pay a visit here. Do not forget to add the city center to your list and enjoy some more while you are in Quimper.

Les Halles de Quimper


Do you plan to shop while you are here in Quimper? Well, in that case, you need to head to the market. The Les Halles De Quimper is a market that is perfect for the day to day shopping. You can get the necessary things from here, and this market is ideal for visiting. Experience an excellent shopping experience and enjoy the trip at Quimper. There is a lot more than you can do in Quimper.

Odet River Quimper


Why don’t you plan a boat trip to the Odet river? It is an experience that you are worth enjoying. Odet is no doubt the prettiest river on Quimper and when you are out and about to explore Quimper do not miss out on the Odet river. It flows from east to west and also parallel to an old town. Note to visit here in your to-do list while you are discovering Quimper.
Quimper Cathedral — Cathédrale Saint-Corentin de Quimper

Musee Departemental Breton Quimper


People love the museums in Quimper. You can not skip the visit to the museum where you can explore your history, furniture, and crafts. Are you planning to dig on some history? Well, you can visit this museum that is next to the cathedral. Here you will find the archeological remains from all over Breton and people are even more interested to visit here to check the collection of furniture and costume in Breton as well. It is located in the former Bishopric palace which makes it a must-visit territory.

Le Jardin de la Retraite Quimper


Do you need a sigh of relief and some alone time while you are in Quimper? Do you feel like you need a break from the hustle of the city and have some relaxing time in Quimper? Well, you can enjoy some solitude in Quimper in the parks and mature. The Le Jardin de la Retraite is a park located in the mid of the bustling streets of Quimper filled with tourists. It is a beautiful park that is quiet, peaceful, and filled with palm trees. It will help you relax and swamp up the relaxing environment of the Quimper.

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Quimper


Let’s explore some art in Breton. Are you ready for that? Well, visit the Musee Des Beaux-Arts de Quimper to take a look at the exquisite art pieces. The pieces are made by the top-notch artists in Breton and also from the Pont-Aven School.

Château de Lanniron Quimper


Château de Lanniron is a summer residence and located near the river Odet. It is a beautiful summer residence, and the people here love to visit here. There are a beautiful garden and a remarkable history that dates back to the 17th century. Here for the tourists, the Neptune basin, canal, and much more has been restored. You can explore Quimper and visit many other locations using the travel guides. Visiting Quimper is, no doubt, a lot of fun.

Musee de la Faience de Quimper


Museums are the highlights of Quimper. When you are here in Quimper, you must visit the Musee de la Faience de Quimper. Here you will find out the craft that has the collection of the craft of over 2000 works. You can find out the abstract arts, earthware, and pieces from everyday life as well. However, before you visit here, research a bit, plan a trip here, and explore the most.

Les Gorges du Stangala Quimper


Do you want to explore something other than the museums? Well, Quimper has a lot more than just museums. There are bits of nature that you can explore and the wildlife as well. The les gorges du stangala Quimper is the best place to visit when you are planning to explore the natural and wildlife of Quimper. Take a peaceful walk here are enjoy a calm and cozy atmosphere. It is a great place where you can filter your thoughts, do a little self-evaluation, and appreciate the beauty of the place. Also, you will hear the soothing sound of the gushing water from the river Odet that is also amazing soul food.


There is a lot more than you can explore in Quimper. Visit the museums, explore the parks, enjoy at the river Odet and eat the best food while you are in Quimper. Explore Quimper and make a list of the places you visit. Take photos as a souvenir and enjoy the trip to this city with a remarkable history and a fantastic environment.




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