Brittany Travel Guide

Wild, windswept and fiercely proud of its heritage, Brittany is a land of enchantment with strong ties to the Celts, who arrived from Britain around the 6th century. Today, Celtic folklore still reigns supreme in the region, the landscape is littered with their mysterious standing stones, and the local language (which, sadly, is in danger of dying out) more closely resembles Welsh than French.

Nature lovers will relish Brittany's rugged Atlantic coastline of inlets, cliffs, offshore islands and stretches of white, sandy beach. Indeed, there's little wonder as to why Brittany is the most popular summer holiday destination in France, next to the Côte d'Azur, for both French and foreign visitors. The coast is liberally sprinkled with resorts, campsites and medieval fishing villages, and is always full during the summer season.

Activities include golf, water sports, hiking and island hopping; the superb local cuisine is based on what is fished from the sea and grown in the region's lush valleys, and is best paired with Breton beer, cider or wine.