Located on the Atlantic coast in the northwestern part of France, Brittany is a diverse and intriguing section of the country known for its regional cuisine, friendly citizens, and spectacular natural scenery. Popular with vacationers seeking to dig deeper than Paris and the Riviera for an authentic look at French life, Brittany's striking landscapes, scenic ports, and charming villages have won millions of hearts.
Some of the top attractions and activities in Brittany include:
-Lorient: This historic and scenic seaport is one of the region's major cities, and hosts an annual festival of Celtic-influenced music that's not to be missed if you're visiting in August.
-Scenic islands: Just off Brittany's coast lie a set of beautiful islands, including Ile de Batz and Ile d'Ouessant. Hop aboard a ferry and bring your camera for a sublime day of sightseeing.
-Perros-Guirec: A serene coastal town, Perros-Guirec, is the ideal place to settle down and relax if you want a quiet holiday.
-Megaliths of Carnac: This fascinating concentration of prehistoric megaliths is as impressive and awe-inspiring as it is mysterious and transcendental. If you're in the Carnac area, they're well worth spending a day visiting.
-The Prehistoric Park: If you're visiting with children, this prehistoric-themed amusement park is equal parts fun and educational. It is located near Malansac, along the Atlantic coast.
Summer is one of the best times of year to visit France, and if you're here in July, you're in luck. Bastille Day is cause for a raucous nationwide party, and it's well worth planning your trip around the holiday if you're going to be visiting during the summer months.
There's no better way to experience the authenticity of life in Brittany than by staying in your very own vacation rental. Rental options include everything from charming apartments in the region's town and cities to rustic rural cabins that let you to spend a day or two camping in Brittany without sacrificing your comfort.
Brittany borders on two other colorful French regions: Pays-de-la-Loire and Normandy. If you have some extra time to explore, visit these destinations, known for their wondrous beauty and epic history.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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