In the northwest of France, Brittany has some ties with Britain (in fact, it gets its name due to Celtic settlers, whose Welsh-like language is still spoken in some areas) and a wild coastline. It has ancient archeological sites, beautiful nature, and some excellent food—especially crepes, oysters, and various things made from dairy (especially butter), salt, and apples, which are believed to be the best in France (and thus perhaps the world!).

Eastern Brittany (Ille-et-Vilaine) technically in Normandy, but it's right on the border. See the Normandy Page for more.



A beautiful walled city on an island peninsula connected by a bridge, St Malo has a bunch of cool shops and food. If you've got small kids, there's a nice playground in the northwest corner of the walled city ("Aire de Jeux de l'Intra Muros").


fancy seaside resort town across the bay from Saint-Malo


Capital of Brittany and a bit of a college town, Rennes is the most populous town in Brittany. It features half-timbered buildings in its historic center near the cathedral, museums, parks (especially Parc du Thabor), and a big Saturday market at Place des Lices.

Southern Brittany (Morbihan)


(Technically in the "Pays de la Loire" region, not Brittany, but it's close to Morbihan & was historically part of Brittany.) Home to what many think is the best salt in the world, Guérande is famous especially for its "fleur de sel". All of its salt is painstakingly hand-harvested in mudflat ponds (which are also maintained by hand) that date back thousands of years old.

Standing Stones/Prehistoric Sites

Brittany (especially the Morbihan) has a number of Stonehenge-esque standing stones (called "menhirs" in Breton) and other prehistoric sites (like "tumulus" or grave mound).


The local capital of Morbihan has a nice, medieval center; good "home base" for the region (including if you want to go to the islands, which we didn't...)


A resort town on a peninsula south of Carnac

...we didn't visit the islands but there are some places like Belle-Île-en-Mer that you can get to via ferry that are supposed to be nice.

Elsewhere in Morbihan

North Central Brittany (Côtes d'Armor)

We didn't travel much here, but here are some things on our list:


Very close to Saint Malo / Cancale area, this cut medieval town is on everyone's list of favorite places to visit.

Côte de Granit Rose

This "pink granite coast" is known for being very pretty, especially the area near Ploumanac'h (north of Lannion).


Capital of Côtes d'Armor and one of the larger towns on the northern coast.

Western Brittany (Finistere)


Town on the southern side of Finistere (and the department capital), known for being the birthplace of kouign amann, with a medieval core.


Town not far from Quimper on the coast, known for great baked goods and historically a sardine canning center.

Parc d’Amorique

Between Brest and Quimper, a large, beautiful park. Pointe de Pen-Hir on the tip of the westernmost peninsula is known for its views.