The quaint and charming town of Dinan is one of the best preserved and attractive towns in the whole of Brittany. Dinan might be small but it has plenty going on to keep the whole family entertained. Take a look at the following three reasons children won’t be disappointed with this lovely walled Breton town on Brittany’s Cote d’Amor.
Brittany is a place for explorers. With dramatic coastlines, medieval towns, sleepy villages and thriving resorts, Brittany has something for everyone. Early and late summer can be the best times to visit the diverse lands of Brittany, when the sun is shining, the crowds are more dispersed, and there are still plenty of activities and entertainment to keep the whole family happy.
Sometimes it is just good to break from the cycle and get away for a few days. If your annual holiday is a long way off, what about jumping on board a ferry and visiting Brittany? It will be just as easy as going to the fringes of Britain, and maybe a little more different and exciting. Brittany may only be a short distance away across the water, but it is a different world in terms of atmosphere and culture. Regular ferries depart for Brittany from Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth.
Rennes is the capital of Brittany, and France’s tenth largest city. Being in Brittany, it is easy to pop over to visit Rennes from the UK. Enjoy wandering through its medieval streets and taking in its picture-perfect vistas. Stroll past its half-timbered, higgledy-piggledy buildings in Place Ste-Anne, many of the street houses have wooden decorative lattice work often panted in bright colours. Later relax in one of the city’s wonderful open spaces, such as the Thabor Gardens, laid out over 24 acres which includes a French garden, English garden, lawns, an aviary, and a botanical section.
Seafood lovers are in for a treat in Brittany, as much of the Breton cuisine involves freshly caught fish and shellfish. In fact, this is a land of seafood; platters of ‘fruits de Mer’: oysters, clams, crabs, lobsters, mussels and scallops, you name it they serve it. The list goes on, John Dory, red mullet, monkfish and cod. The Cote d’Émeraude stretches from Saint-Malo to Cap Fréhel, where plenty of fishing goes on, and in Cancale they produce more than 15,000 tons of oysters a year.
The town of Grasse is nestled on the Cote d’Azur, an area of outstanding natural beauty, with its luminous light and the stunning, dramatic Alpes d’Azur looming above the Mediterranean. Coastal and cliff-edge roads called corniches zigzag through perched outcrops and small villages all along the stunning Cote d’Azur.
Brittany alone has many great traditional villages, so to come out top of the list means Rochefort-en-Terre, in the region of Morbihan, must be something very special. The village is placed on a rocky outcrop high above the River Arz. This accolade does not just cover Brittany, but the whole of France.
There are many things to do in Brittany, from spending lazy days on the great beaches to enjoying an enlightening day out in the region’s many historical towns. If you’re travelling to this beautifully diverse and culturally inspiring region of France with youngsters, take a look at the following five things you can do with the family in Brittany.
Tasting the local food and wine whilst on holiday abroad is as much a part of the experience as laying on the beach, slapping on the sun tan oil, or snapping pictures whilst visiting all the local attractions. Brittany has some mouth-watering gastronomical delights. Take a look at some of the foods you just have to try if you’re on holiday in Brittany.
It is now even easier to enjoy the delights of Brittany this summer. If you live within range of Manchester Airport, thanks to FlyBe both Rennes and Nantes can now be reached by direct flights. This is ideal if you are thinking about a quick city break, or even a full family holiday. Flight times are only two hours, every Saturday from late May to the end of September 2016 for Rennes, and all year for Nantes, and up to seven flights a week each way in peak times.