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central northern Brittany. Rocky coastline with coves and fine sandy
beaches; there are no large resorts, but many popular seaside
towns and villages, including include Tregastel, Erquy or Perros
Guirec. Inland, the area is gently hilly and rural, rising in the
centre of Brittany to the moorland of the Monts d'Armoric
(29) is Brittany's granite western tip. The coast is rugged, with many
and resorts, and plenty of opportunity for hiking and coastal walks.
This is the area where the Breton language and Breton culture survive
most strongly. Brest is a naval port on a large inlet, which is also
popular for sailing.
(56) is the gentle and sunny south side of Brittany. The area offers
of long south-facing sandy beaches, as well as the prehistoric
megaliths at Carnac, the attractive towns of Quiberon and
and opportunities for boating on canals and rivers, and
opportunity for sailing.
Ille et Vilaine
(35) is an area famous for its historic towns, including St Malo, Dinan
Fougères; and le Mont Saint Michel is on the borders of Ille
and Normandy. Apart from the area round Rennes, the capital of
Brittany, this is a very rural part of France, with
countryside and woodland.
(44) this department at the mouth of the Loire
was historically part of Brittany; indeed, Nantes, its capital, was
once the capital of Brittany. Today it belongs to the "Pays de la
Loire" region, a modern construct with no historical basis.
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the northwest tip of France, is a very popular holiday destination;
it has long been popular with Parisians, being somewhat
closer to Paris than the French Riviera. More recently, Brittany has
attracted a growing number of visitors and residents from all over
northern France, Britain and
northern Europe on account of its easy access, and is now the fourth
most popular tourist region in France, and the most popular in northern
reach from the UK, and with property
prices far lower than those in the south of England, Brittany
has become a chosen destination for people looking for a quiet rural
area to live in or retire to, a place that is easy to get to, yet seems
a long way away from the pressures of urban life in southern England or
the Netherlands or Paris. New arrivals from the UK are actually just
following the route taken by some of their ancestors, the Britons like
the legendary King Arthur, who
came across from Great Britain in the post-Roman era, giving
Brittany its new name - Brittany, the land of the Britons.
Today's new Bretons have helped inject new life
back into what was an area in serious decline; they have bought up
large numbers of rural properties, saving them from dereliction, and
converting many of them into attractive holiday cottages, villas or
Architecturally, cottages in Brittany have much in common
those in the southwest of England; the classic Brittany holiday rental
is an old
stone buildings, with a slate roof,
and often with whitewashed walls.
A seafaring people, the "Bretons" have
in touch with their cousins north of the Channel ; and
between Brittany and Cornwall have remained strong over the ages.
Nowadays there are plenty of holiday rentals and
Britanny with UK owners who accept payment in sterling and can provide
help and local information in English. But obviously, there are even
more holiday cottages in Brittany with French owners and caretakers.
The directory pages provide a selection of attractive
properties - some with UK owners who may accept payment in sterling,
and offer booking procedures in English; others with French owners, who
will perhaps give you just that little more feeling that for all its
historic links, Brittany really is another land...
Brittany is easily accessible from the UK, Belgium and Holland, and
ideal for short breaks without too much travelling.
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