Great Brittany | A Cultural, Foodie Destination
Brittany is filled with foodie delights, from the fresh oysters found in Cancale to the emerging microbrewery scene in the region, the gastronomical treats in Brittany will enhance your holiday. For you culture vultures, the Opera festival in Belle-Île and the Vannes Historical Festival are just some of the events which celebrate this culturally rich region.
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- Short 4 hour ferry crossing
- 4.5 hour onward drive through scenic France
- Captivating cultural events
- Fantastic food
- Affordable way to travel in your vehicle
Brittany has an abundance of festivals, including music, food, film and cultural festivals celebrating the traditions of the region. Head to
Belle-Île, in Southern Brittany in August for the
Festival Lyrique en Mer, an internationally renowned festival featuring some of the world's best emerging Opera singers.
In Brittany's capital, Rennes,
Le Grand Soufflet Festival celebrates the accordion every October and in Vannes, the
Jazz Festival in July will get you on your feet. La Gacilly Photo Festival exhibits a selection of photos in the open air, which reflect the fragility of the planet. If you fancy a festival which focuses on the traditions of the region, in July
Vannes Historical Festival brings the rich history of the city to life and in August, Lorient holds an
Inter Celtique Festival which celebrates Celtic culture through over 200 events.
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Brittany's position by the sea means it enjoys a successful fishing heritage. Sampling the Cancale and Bélon oysters is a must when in the region and you can even
explore an oyster farm for yourself on the UNESCO World Heritage Gulf of Morbihan, before sampling the oysters you've caught onboard. Cancale is known as the 'oyster capital' and you can enjoy freshly caught oysters washed down with a glass of dry white wine at many restaurants in this area. For those of you with sea legs, you can step onboard the
Ausquémé, a traditional sailing boat for a four hours gourmet trip in the Bay of Cancale, learning the best ways to prepare and cook seafood. Lobster is also popular in Brittany and if you visit Lorient, you can enjoy fresh lobster straight from the sea at
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Sample a delicious French crepe or try your hand at making your own in a
Crêpe Workshop in Saint-Malo. Or try the sweet pastries found in Brittany known as
lichouseries , which include the classic Gâteau Breton and Breton Biscuits which complement a cup of tea beautifully!
The use of spices in Breton cuisine is popular thanks to the history of the spice trade in Port Louis and Lorient. Épices Roellinger have a range of over 80 spice blends available at their stores in Cancale and Saint-Malo and even run the
Corsary Kitchen School where you can learn how to complement sensational seafood with selected spices.
We all know a visit to France wouldn't be complete without sampling some French wine. But did you know Brittany is also producer of beer, with over 100 microbreweries? Cider is also popular in this region and tourists can follow The Cornouaille Cider Route to visit the apple orchards, meet the producers and sample their delicious cider.
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Exploring the region of Brittany is a true delight and you can discover quaint towns with so much charm. The book town of
Bécherel has an annual literary events calendar and a selection of book shops to browse.
Rochefort-en-Terre is often named as one of France's most beautiful villages and has a range of artisan boutiques, from potters and candle makers to artisan biscuit makers. Visit
Fougères on the Brittany – Normandy border to see the 12th century castle, beautiful half-timbered houses and peruse the lively Saturday morning market. Enjoy a leisurely lunch by the picturesque port in
Dinan before exploring the cobbled streets which house artists, engravers, glassblowers and more independent businesses. The 158 steps to the top of the Tour de l'Horloge offers fabulous views and the magnificent ramparts around the city, stretching over 8000ft are well worth walking around. A medieval festival held each July brings the history of this town to life too.
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