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Just across the Channel, Brittany is a world away from busy days and crowded streets. Spectacular landscapes and preserved nature, fresh sea air and authentic living, miles of coastline and picturesque villages… Brittany ticks all the boxes.

Relax in Rennes a city of art, history and retail therapy

Brittany’s administrative capital is a city of contrast. Narrow, cobbled streets in the medieval area alongside wide tree-lined boulevards. Half-timbered buildings dating back to the 17th century merge successfully with modern glass-fronted boutiques and up-market bars. Historic and avant-garde architecture blend, a timeless testimony to past and present.

Rennes Saturday morning market is the second largest weekly market in France and well worth a visit. French delicacies, crêpes, fresh bread, mouth-watering biscuits, cheeses, wine, and all manner of French delicacies will entice and tempt you. And, it’s the perfect place to take a break with a pot of steaming mussels and chips washed down with local cider.

Brittany’s Festivals

Festivals are big in Brittany. Over 1,000 are held each year. The annual Les Transmusicales de Rennes, one of the best festivals in Europe, known for pushing musical boundaries, takes place in Rennes every December. Every bar, café, and restaurant becomes a music venue where professional and amateur musicians merge their talents.

Whether its cultural, musical, sound and light, sporting or folklore, you’ll find a festival in Brittany that’s just right for you.

Celebrate the Route du Rhum's 40th anniversary

Since 1978, the legendary transatlantic solo race departing from Saint-Malo, Brittany to Pointe-à- Pitre, Guadeloupe has seen many talented sailors such as the intrepid Ellen MacArthur facing the challenges of the high seas. 2018 sees the 11th edition of the race promising an exceptional sports scene, with a hundred boats competing. On 4 November 2018, join the 200,000 people who come every four years to watch the boats depart from Saint-Malo.

Visit the breathtaking wonders of Brest Terres Océanes

Impressive lighthouses, steep cliffs, and spectacular tides are what you’ll find in Brittany - the 'Brest Terres Océanes' coastline promises big thrills. Experience the drama of nature on a grand scale here where you’ll really feel you’ve got away from it all.

Dive among shipwrecks

Brittany is famous for its natural and cultural heritage, but it also reveals many treasures underwater to those who want to dive there. Fauna and Flora abound and nestle in the 3,500 shipwrecks that history has left in the depths of the sea, leaving Brittany with a unique underwater heritage. Depending on the tides and their depth of immersion, shipwrecks are reachable for beginners also. Under the watchful eyes of a diving expert, Breton wrecks are fantastic playgrounds for all the living species that find shelter in them: anemones, sea sponges, blue lobsters, conger eels and even Jon Dory fish.

Find details for what’s on in Brittany and loads to do at http://www.brittanytourism.com/ideas/brittany-experiences

At French Connections, we’ve got hundreds of fabulous holiday homes in Brittany for families, couples and groups, head on over to our holiday property pages and find the perfect home from home for your Brittany break…