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This is a popular tourist area. The coastline is very picturesque and rugged from Cap Fréhel all the way to Mont Saint Michel. No wonder then, that over the years this region has been a popular haunt for artists. There is an abundance of pretty breton villages offering endless opportunities to sample the local breton crepes, cider and other delicacies, particularly on market day (St Lunaire on Sunday, St Briac on Monday and Friday) and for lovers of fresh seafood you'd be hard pressed to find a better place to enjoy a platter of fruits de mer. Dinard derives its gentle way of life from the waters of the Gulf Stream, creating a micro-climate which sustains some spectacular gardens, where mimosas rub shoulders with palm trees in a very Mediterranean atmosphere.
There are many interesting places to visit. The Aquarium at St Malo with its 360o shark tank and ?Nautibus? submarine ride makes a great family excursion. Whilst the paint ball near St Malo is popular with teenagers. The 16th century Chateau de Bourbansais, between Dinan and Combourg, has something for everyone, with a zoo, falconry displays, chateau and delightful gardens. Excursions to Jersey, a boat trip on the Rance, or a trip to Mont Saint Michel make for good days out.
CANCALE: Cancale's history and evolution have always been concentrated on oyster farming and traditional fishing. The town has lived thanks to the sea and is very proud of its seaside tradition, which has shaped both the landscape and its inhabitants. Come and breath this unique atmosphere the prestigious and traditional fishing boat, la Bisquine, is waiting for you. If you prefer land, you can also follow the process of oyster and mussel farming on solid ground. All the techniques and traditions are now displayed in a museum, where you will walk through the past of Cancale and into today. The town is now a Mecca for tourism, known for its gastronomy. In 1994, the title of remarkable place of taste was awarded to Cancale for its particularly flavoured flat and hollow oysters and the natural environment of this well preserved coast. The flat oysters from Cancale delighted the King of France and you'll be the next. Fortunate you are, many other culinary discoveries are waiting for you. Famous Chefs wish to welcome you and to introduce you to the delicious sea food in exceptional and unexpected surroundings.
Broceliand the enchanted forest: Welcome to this mysterious forest which was the setting for the quest by the Knights of the Round Table to recover the Holy Grail for King Arthur.This dense shadowy forest has spawned numerous legends. Come to immerse yourself in this enchanting atmosphere where fairies and wizards watch your every movement You will tremble in the Val Sans Retour (Valley of no Return) where Morgane Le Fay disappointed in love, found vengeance by imprisoning Knights. Lancelot was the only one able to resist to the spell she cast Overhanging the deep valley, you can't miss the Druid?s tomb, an impressive megalithic monument. The forest hides Merlin?s tomb too, just near the so desired Spring of Eternal Youth at Jouvence. On your way you might stumble upon the spring at Barenton endowed with supernatural powers. Be careful and don't pour water on it steps or you will provoke a terrible thunderstorm.Many other magic surprises are waiting for you. With a walk or a drive, the forests secrets will be found. At the edge of the Viviane's lake, in the magnificent castle of Comper used today as Centre of Imagination, all the legends about the special inhabitants of the forest are explained, illustrated and staged. Courageous ones will have the opportunity to try theirs hands at becoming a Knight and braving the legendary games and magic meetings. The forest is home to numerous accounts of epics. Besides the Knights of the Round Table, it preserves also the Silk Road secrecies, from the Chinese Princess Xi Ling Shi to Marco Polo. A tactile course, puppets theatre... the strange atmosphere of the forest impregnates airs.
DINAN Dinan is a city of Art and History. The town was built where the river meets the sea and the sea meets the land. Today the medieval fortress is still encircled by an unbroken line of ramparts 3km long and remains the largest fortified enclosure in Brittany. The treasures from the Middle Age have left an impressive heritage: 14 towers, a keep, monumental gateways, Basilica and Belfry. Dinan also boasts narrow streets lined by beautiful half-timbered houses previously occupied by the lower class, the boutiques and the shops. Many themed guided tours give the opportunity to old and young visitors to discover the medieval town. You will feel like a king for the day and consider the Breton castles as your own. You can stroll around romantic gardens or following the foot paths that lead you past fragrant fruit trees and flowers. Let your senses take over. Dinan is proud of its traditions and its place as commercial capital of Pays de la Rance. All the arts and crafts workshops are open to the public. You will encounter painting, pottery, ceramics, sculpture and glass blowing. Local producers are also proud to invite you to appreciate their elixirs. Yield to temptation and taste real ales of a traditional brewery or try Cider and Calvados at the farm museum. The cradle of this thousand year old town, the port, asks to experience the Rance pleasures. You can enjoy the beauty of the river on foot or by bicycle or for the most adventurous types canoeing. The Rances secrets are revealed and its gifts are offered to you. And not far from there, take a ride on the ancient railroad connecting Dinan and Dinard in our old time wagon and let you enjoy the heritage of the village called Médréac. You'll especially be impressed by the gigantic menhirs, classified historic monuments, famous remnants of the Neolithic era in Brittany. Come and see for yourself
DINARD The elegant seaside resort of the Emerald Coast is full of architectural and natural treasures. Many marked paths will lead old and young throughout a constant source of amazement. Numerous artists found their inspiration in Dinard, Oscar Wilde, Manoli, Debussy and Jules Verne to name a few. Painters throughout time have used this breath-taking scenery as inspiration. Picasso painted about 350 pictures in Dinard. The 20 art galleries in town prove that the Emerald Coast has never stopped exciting its visitors. The customers? path invites you to make another trip. It snakes between the emerald sea, the four sandy beaches and luxurious Mediterranean gardens branding exotic smells and sights. Come and appreciate the magnificent and varied gardens, classed historic monuments. Parks hold a place of honour in Dinard. These are relaxing places for everyone. While some come to sit and relax, others can furnish themselves with a bow or a racket?Everybody has their own method! It?s impossible to speak about Dinard without mentioning its luxurious villas built along the seaside at the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th centuries. These beautiful buildings are wonderful examples of the Edwardian Era of architecture. With buildings so beautiful it?s like strolling through an open air art gallery. It?s hard not to slip back in time to join the fine Mesdames and Messieurs taking their holidays in luxurious Dinard. Dinard is undeniably a town to see. Take your time sauntering through the town, take a thrilling helicopter ride to admire an aerial view or board a cruise to discover the coast and the regional gastronomic dishes at the same time. It's your choice!
LE MONT ST MICHEL: Le Mont Saint-Michel is situated 56km from St Malo, 43km from Le Tronchet and 62km from St Briac. Rising to 80 metres, the islet it linked to the minland by an unsubmersible sea wall which was built in 1879. The treasures of the Mont Saint Michel Abbey, a famous monument which is part of UNESCO world heritage can now be discovered during day and night-visits. You can see this mythical place under a new light, amazed by an evening performance or intrigued by a treasure hunt. The Mont Saint Michel senses. You can taste famous local drinks in an intimate atmosphere while your ears are delighted by old sailors? songs. Those taken by the secrets of this magical place can join a treasure hunt by starlight. Enjoy the beauty of the Mont Saint Michel Bay: unique and vast landscapes will be revealed. Couples may choose the small train or the barouches; nature lovers may follow the paths of pilgrims on foot or on bicycle. Adventurers may try out the ultra light planes or hot air balloons while sportive ones will have the pleasure of kayaking or sand-surfing. You are sure to be delighted by the wonders of the Bay. For those who wish to go for a walk or hike and discover this particular region, tour leaders are at your disposal to cross the Bay. They will tell you all about great tides, traditional fishing techniques as well as legends and mysteries of the surroundings. The Bay is an ideal place for sightseeing, fishing, playing, and taking pictures, learning to fish in the traditional method, for an race in stage or any other games. Courageous ones who want a unique and unusual show, the bay is full of many surprises. Why not trying to cross the bay during high tide at sunset! Each one, his own rhythm, capacity and interest? one thing for sure, everyone will find bliss at the Mont St Michel Bay.
Rennes Brittanys capital is a history book waiting to be read. Careful preservation and restoration of the civil and religious architectural heritage let you view the town?s evolution. From the Gallo-Roman wall to the luxurious public buildings and private mansions of the 18th centuries, every period has intensified the politic and economical role of Rennes. The history begins in the old city centre, in the colourful winding streets lined with half-timbered houses brings us through the centuries to modern Rennes and its metallic and dynamic architecture. It's a feast for the eyes. Rennes is a living testimony of its past, present and future. The cultural vitality and the commercial wealth this city answers to all expectations. Aside from the multiple shopping malls, the elegant streets of the town centre conceal all kinds of shops: brandnames, designers, regional and exotic and an abundance of choices for a meal! Whether you prefer wondering the streets of history or wondering through the shops, Rennes has a place for everyone.
Gastronomy The sea is rich, the ground is fertile. Humans noticed it and knew how to emphasize it. Find a moment and enjoy the pleasure of the table. Take one part French knowhow, add natural ingredients from here and there, sprinkle it with a little creativity... and then you have the perfect recipe. You can?t go wrong. Savour a delectable meal prepared especially for you, or take a culinary adventure and learn from the professionals. Brittany is renowned for galettes, crepes and apple based drinks. From Cider to apple brandy, the taste is undisputable. How about a seafood platter to beat all other. Fresh oysters and mussels from just around the corner fill your mouth with all the flavours of the sea. Enjoy other locals specialities like salt meadow lamb, Kouign Amann cakes or caramels made with salted butter. All this and a view of our sparkling emerald Coast with a gentle breeze to relax your mind while you nourish your body and soul. Lively restaurants and cafés have really cultivated the art of food here and are abundant. Brittany has it all local restaurants with their rural freshness, traditional Crêperies, French cuisine and top rated chefs. Chefs like Monsieur Roellinger from ?De Bricourt Houses?, elected 2006 Chef of the year from the GaultMillau Guide and decorated with 3 stars from the Michelin Guide. So bring a healthy appetite and an adventurous spirit to traverse the eclectic menus of Breton.
GOLF Brittany has really taken to golf. The region has around thirty exceptional courses, for all different skill levels and in an amazing variety of settings. Forest borders and their traps are waiting for you! Stone castles in old Brittany style will keep an eye on you and the sea will be the first witness of the swing you will take. Nature's beauty and strong character have been highlighted in order to satisfy golfers of every kind: those who love competition and those who enjoy strolling through exceptional natural sites. Walking, along the fairway will take you through gorgeous landscapes meandering past unique specimens of the local flora and fauna. Here nature is genuine and generous?In this respect, one of the courses perfectly fits the natural shape of the ground. But make no mistake! These superb settings have shaped sophisticated golf courses which require some skill! You can try your hand at the game and use the greens. Between outdoor and covered putting greens, pitching greens and practice greens?you have the possibility to become a real strategist. And when you feel ready, it?s time for technical 9 or 18- hole course. Nature makes the best traps. Show mother Nature your skilled with a 9 iron and your putter! Le Golf de Saint Malo, was built in 1986 and was the brainchild of Hubert Chesneau. Just like for the Golf National (Open de France), he wanted a plain architecture as well as to offer a sporting challenge as much as a feast for the eyes. He has managed very well to ally the richness of the site: ponds, granite rocks, trees to a varied course...
Thalassotherapy: Dinard and Saint-Malo extend an invitation for you to experience the huge benefits of the sea, in their institution along the beach, dedicated to thalassotherapy, a rejuvenative body therapy. Far from home and every day life, you will be treated with courtesy and kindness. Nature's wonders collected from around the world are here for your pleasure and well-being. Included in the luxurious array of care at "Les thermes Marins de Saint-Malo", you have at your disposal a natural seawater labyrinth, equipped with massage jets. Plants with healing properties will embrace you, and you can enjoy international and innovative massage therapies... Come and relax the mind, body and spirit. The perfect path to tranquillity in the midst of your adventure through this diverse French province. The originality of the menu offered in Dinard allows you to satisfy all your desires with its numerous hydrotherapies. With friends, family, alone or in a pair, there are programs adapted to everyone. Sea sleep, revitalizing cure, marine aesthetics or marine slimming,...everyone?s dreams can come true. Take a break and allow yourself a day of complete indulgence.
St Malo: Capital of the sea, the town of St Malo is definitely the jewel of the Emerald coast, as well as a famous seaside resort. Named after the Welsh Monk Mac Low who, around the 6th Century, established his bishopric in Alet, a stone-throw away from the rock were the walled city now stands.
St Malo Intra Muros was destroyed in 1944 and has been rebuilt in the ancient style. It is the only one in France. The famous ramparts that surround the city are almost 2 km long and from la Porte Saint-Vincent to Porte Saint-Thomas offer a magnificent view over the Bay. You may follow a route through the old city (available from the tourist office) that will give you some information, such as where some streets got their names from etc?
La Maison Internationale des Poètes et des Ecrivains (poets and authors house) is situated rue du Pélicot. This house is one of the only ones that has not only survived " la grande brûlerie " of 1661 and the destruction of the city in 1944. Built at the beginning of 17th Century, by navy architects, most of the materials used come from boats. St Vincent Catherdral: The first church built in 7th Century, was burnt by the Francs. It was rebuilt in 12th Century by the Bishop Jean de Châtillon, the church of Saint-Malo became the cathedral in 1146. The building lasted almost 7 centuries and only, when the granite arrow/pointer, inspired from the 19th century model was placed, it was completed. That was in 1987!
Le grand-Bé: Island situated off Intra Muros St Malo, it is accessible at low tide via a passage made out of stones, from Bon Secours beach, close to the sea water pool. Whatever the weather, you will be bewitched by the view. You will also discover the remains of the ancient fort with the development made during WW2.
Le Fort National: Facing the Castle, on the Grande Plage, it was built in 1689 by Vauban and Garangeau, with granite from Chausey. You may reach the Fort at low tide and do please turn around and admire the view of St Malo Intra Muros. Les Rochers Sculptés (sculpted rocks): At the end of last Century, and over a period of 16 years, the priest Fouré carved 300 sculptures, mainly of pirates and sea monsters, that dominate the ?Plage du Val?. They are carved in the rocks of Rotheneuf and stretch over 500 m².
Alet peninsula: This is where the first settlers in St Malo, stayed. There is a nice walk on the cornice, around the city that will enable you to contemplate the estuary of the Rance, as well as the city and bay of St Malo. A strategic place during Second World War, some bunkers have remained to comemorate the 1944 battles. Situated at the top of the cite, and well worth a visit, are the remains of Saint-Pierre Cathedral, Carolingian and Roman origins, and la Tour Solidor.
The little train, will give you the opportunity of a guided tour of the Corsaire city. A English commentary is available and there is a departure every 35 minutes, 50 metres from the Tourist Office, opposite Saint Vincent's Gate next to the castle walls. The cost is 5.50 E for an adult an 4 euros for a child.
Feel like an explorer and fly over the Mont Saint Michel Bay with a micro light. An instructor with 22 years of experience will teach you the basics and will fly with you. You will no doubt never forget this 30 minutes experience. Rate for a group up to 5 persons: 80 ? per person, discounted rate for 10 pax+ For further information, please call +33 (0) 2.33 48.67.48 ? Cell +33 (0) 6.07.54.91.92
CHERRUEIX is situated 20 km from Cancale and the « train marin » will take you in the heart of the Bay of Mont St Michel, where you will discover the ancestral fisheries, the culture of the famous moules de Bouchots (bred on poles). You will spend 2 hours between sky, sea and land that you will never forget! Visit prices: Children 4 - 11 ans: 7.50 ? Adults: 10.50 ? Family (2 adults + 3 children) : 40 ?.
Dol de Bretagne: Rich in medieval architectural history, this little town of character is a "must" on your way to Normandy. Opened in 1999, the "cathedraloscope" explains the "whys" and the "wherefores" of cathedrals, in a multidimensional voyage for all the family. Symbol of the 13th century Norman Gothic style, don?t miss the Saint-Samson Cathedral when you pass through Dol de Bretagne.
Cap Frehel: With its 300 hectares of wild land covered in heather and gorse, Cap Fréhel is one of the most spectacular sites in Brittany. Come and see the exceptional panoramic view 70 metres above sea level and admire the view from the Cotentin headland to the Island of Bréhat. The castle of Combourg: Nestling in the depths of a 25-hectare park, this perfectly preserved 11th to 15th century castle was the childhood and adolescence home of the famous French writer François-René de Chateaubriand. Described at length in his "Mémoires d?Outre-Tombe", the castle is a place of hair-rising legends. Let yourself be haunted by the tale of a "ghost with a wooden leg" or the one about the black cat that haunts the stairs in the tower!
Le Tronchet: Historically, Le Tronchet was a place of rest on the crossroads between Rennes & St-Malo, Mont St-Michel, Dol-de-Bretagne & Dinan and remains an ideal location to explore the treasures of the region.
At the residence, there is an indoor heated swimming pool measuring 10m x 5m and 1m60 deep and an outdoor heated swimming pool (opening at Easter) measuring 15m x 7m and 1m to 1m80 deep, a sauna, gymnasium and a billiard table in reception.
Dinard Golf club in St Briac, designed by Tom Dunn in 1887, is the second oldest in France after Pau (1856). Players enjoy sea views from all 18 holes, each of which has its own individual name (the dog?s paw, the complete disaster, etc.) The course is more tricky than difficult, with its sandy soil, undulating fairways, small, high, very fast greens and many bunkers; it also has very few trees, but plenty of broom and gorse bushes. It is also home to a number of rare animal and plant species amongst which are the Frog Orchid, Netted Adderstongue and Early spider orchid.
There are some lovely coastal walks right on the dooprstep, with cycling, rollerblading, and water sports for the more energetic.