You've booked your trip to Brittany, now where should you go when you get here? Both the Brittany Tourist board and Morbihan Tourism websites have enormous amounts of information, definitely something to do for everyone:
But just to get you started, here are a few ideas and some of our favourite places. The only problem will be trying to fit everything into your holiday!
Our nearest town, with charming medieval houses and the Nantes-Brest canal running through it. It has a vibrant music scene, live music every Friday evening in summer, and home to festival Au Pont du Rock in August. With 4 supermarkets, restaurants, bars, banks/ATMs and many shops, its cobbled streets are a joy to walk round.
Lac au Duc
There are many lovely nearby lakes, including the Lac au Duc at Ploërmel, which has a fabulous hydrangea walk, inland beach, watersports, fishing and a golf course, and is only 20 minutes away. See more
Gulf of Morbihan
The Gulf of Morbihan offers long sandy beaches, glorious clifftop walks and coastal paths, leading to small ports. There are plenty of watersports, boat hire, fishing; the Gulf is a small sea, almost enclosed, full of islands to discover and around 45 minutes drive away.
The fortified village of La Roche-Bernard has dominated the River Vilaine for a thousand years. These days the village is best known for its Michelin-starred restaurant but most people come to wander around its quaint streets and take boat trips down the river.
Séné nature reserve
The Réserve Naturelle des Marais de Séné, is the largest natural area in the Gulf of Morbihan (530 hectares). The site is recognized in Europe as one of the most remarkable areas for its biodiversity and especially for its water birds.
Beautiful Rochfort-en-Terre, classed as 2016 Village Préféré des Français, is a delight to visit in summer, but even more stunning in winter, with all its twinkling fairy lights and only 40 minutes away.
Discover the places of Arthurian legend, the Golden Tree, the Fairy Mirror, Merlin's Tomb, along with the preserved natural sites of the Brocéliande forest, just 30 minutes away. Bikes (electric and ordinary) can be hired, guided bike tours also available.
Craft beer & ciders
For those that enjoy sampling the local craft beers, there are around 25 microbreweries in Morbihan, one in our nearest village Ruffiac (La Casu'Ale), and at least six within a 15 min drive (or slightly longer cycle ride!) And for those that prefer cider, there are also several cidreries nearby.
A few minutes’ drive away is La Gacilly, well-known thanks to the family of Yves Rocher, home of the annual photographic exhibition, displaying amazing giant canvases throughout the town, between June and September, as well as being famous for its arts and crafts. Visit the botanical garden, try some treatments in the spa, go walking with donkeys or rent a boat.
Overlooking the Oust valley, Josselin castle is considered one of the most beautiful in Brittany. Take time to discover the doll museum, attractive old town, many restaurants and also Bois d'Amour, flat and hilly paths, with walks for children and adults.
Cyclists will find the quiet roads a pleasure. There are numerous cycle paths and we are close to the Voie Verte from St Malo to Questembert, and of course the wonderful Nantes-Brest canalside routes.
Île aux Pies
Renowned throughout Brittany, the climbing sites here take advantage of the rocky slopes on both sides of the river. Climb secure routes with instructors from Escapades verticales, try canoeing with Apach'Bihan or sample a tasty crêpe or galette at the canalside local bar/restaurant.
Séné - Réserve Naturelle des Marais de Séné [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Lac au Duc - Stéphane Batigne [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons