Changing landscapes, a strong identity, a rich heritage and abundant cultural life: this is what Brittany has in store for you! Explore our selection of the most beautiful villages in this region so full of character.
Once made prosperous by the sailcloth industry, Locronan has tourism to thank for its prosperity now. It has retained its beautiful central square, its granite Renaissance houses, its old well and its vast church, but it’s still the pilgramages, referred to locally as troménies, that attract the most visitors. On such occasions, the « Locronan mountain », that overlooks the town, offers a truly original spectacle.
La Roche-Maurice (Finistère)
Dominated by the ruins of its austere dungeon with blind walls, perched on a rugged hilltop overlooking the Elorn Valley, the picturesque castral village of La Roche-Maurice reveals a surprisingly rich historical heritage.
Built on a promontory overlooking the Gueuzon Valley, Rochefort-en-Terre, a typcial village of inland Brittany, has a magnificent location. A landscape of woods, rocks, ravines, orchards and old houses with window planters of geraniums. It’s hard not to be seduced by the peacful charm of this place!
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Nestled in a cove on the right bank of The Rance, this ancient terre-neuvas (fisherman) village won’t fail to charm, with its flowers that bloom between granite stones. The menhir of Saint-Suliac, nicknamed « Dent de Gargantua », is evidence of the presence of ancient settlements in this municipal territory.
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Perched on a rocky promontory overlooking the Rance Valley, this charming medieval commune still has the remanants of ramparts and old granite houses, evidence of its former wealth linked to the linen trade. The first « town of books » in France, Bécherel has an abundance of bookshops and bookbinding workshops! This activity gave the village, once victim to the rural exodus, a second breath of life.
Plounéour-Brignogan Plages (Finistère)
In 1936, to coincide with the first paid holidays, Brignogan added the word « Beaches » to its name. A way to promote, quite rightly, the vocation of this seaside resort with its beautiful, well-to-do residences prettily located at the foot of the Pontusval Cove. Appearing here and there on its fine sandy beaches are some beautifulmenhirs and other prehistoric remains.
Built in the 11th century on a rocky headland, this small village lost a section of its ramparts in 1626, by order of Richelieu. A place that is both charming and alluring, The entrances carved into its curtain walls are an invitation to roam the quaint lanes that lead up to its church.
Located on the côte des Légendes (or the Abers region), behind impressive and unusually shaped granite blocks, this restored hamlet of the twon Kerlouan, with its thatched and slate roof houses, is extremely charming.
Bordering the right bank of the River Goyen, Pont-Croix was once the capital of this end of the world, at the crossroads between the Bigouden region and the Cap Sizun. The seat of a powerful seignory, this small village was famous for its fairs and its lively port where merchant ships from Nantes and Spain would dock.
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A small summer resort surrounded by water and woodland, Landévennec is camped on a pretty peninsular at the mouth of the Aulne River, at the gateway to the Crozon Peninsula. Here, everything radiates a gentle lifestyle. You will see mediterranean greenery and camellias in bloom until the heart of winter.
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« Municipality of rural heritage in Brittany», Lanildut is home to one of the few deep-water ports on the Finistérie coast and the first goémonier (seaweed harvesting vessels) port in Europe. An unusual heritage that can be explored year round.
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