From the pink granite coastline of Perros-Guirec to the islands in the Gulf of Morbihan via the wind-battered Raz Peninsula, Brittany is an infinitely varied landscape. Les Collectionneurs offers a wonderful selection of establishments where you can stay or grab a bite to eat.
Churches bordered by hydrangeas, moored trawlers and colourful beach huts all look like images from postcards. However, travellers must get beyond the images of Épinal and take time to wander round the ramparts of Concarneau, and the lanes of Pont-Aven, "the city of painters", take the cablecar in Brest and stroll around the base of the chateau of Rochefort-en-Terre.
From the VIllaine estuary to the Emerald Coast, the Breton coastline is littered with islands and islets. The Glénan Archipelago is a draw for sailors whilst Bréhat is lovely for a walk and the isles of Ouessant or Sein are great spots to enjoy the invigorating air and blow the cobwebs away.
The views of Brittany cannot alone be encapsulated in the small, intimate beaches nor in the lighthouses perched on cliffs. Inland, Brittany harbours less known areas such as the legendary Brocéliande forest, the Armorican lands of Monts d'Arrée as well as the region stretching along the length of the coastal river, the Rance near the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel where dams and locks punctuate the countryside as fas as the medieval city of Dinan.
From Saint-Malo to Bigouden via l'île de Groix, the coast of Brittany presents an ever-changing horizon. For a weekend in Brittany with friends, a family holiday or a romantic interlude, les Collectionneurs have selected a range of establishments where you can spend a few nights in a charming setting.
Often holidays in Brittany mean seaside. By taking the donkey trail perched on the cliffs or lying on the beach, everyone can admire the many facets of the Atlantic Coast. Southern Brittany is known for its mild climate. North of Vannes, a narrow sliver of land forms the Quiberon Peninsula where boats depart daily to Belle-Ile-en-Mer, Houat and Hoëdic. Before embarking, take a moment to admire the standing stones at Carnac. La Cornouailles, towards Quimper in the Finistère, is wilder with its steep coastline and its coves of crystal-clear water in summer. In northern Brittany the landscape changes again, from Roscoff known for it's exotic gardens, to Guingamp and Paimpol and on to Cancale and Saint-Malo, the stomping ground of famous pirates and explorers.
Depending on their preference, travellers might choose to stay in a malouinière, a type of building constructed by rich ship-owners in the Dinard region, or indeed in a granite chateau more inland. To truly experience Brittany, why not book a guesthouse near a little fishing port, in a manor house with a sea viewadorned with a turret, where woodwork and old stone are steeped in history? Each of these establishments with typical regional character offers comfortable, spacious, fully-equipped rooms. Guests will find all modern comforts with excellent bedding, a fully-equipped bathroom, flat-screen TV and WiFi access.
The ocean close by reminds us of the beneficial effect of saltwater bathing enjoyed since the end of the 16th Century. Thalassotherapy lovers will enjoy a relaxing stay in a spa hotel. After paddling in the water of a pretty beach with fine sand what better than to relax on a lounger on the terrace or to enjoy the lush garden of a contemporary, elegant villa. The outdoor swimming pool as well as the steam room and sauna are ideal to recharge the batteries.
A haven of peace, the beautiful establishments of Brittany offer an experience of serenity in staying at a historic landmark dating to the 17th Century whose remarkable gardens offer a baroque spectacle at any time of year. From autumn onwards when the mystical charm of Brittany takes effect, the climate encourages lazing in the library or by the fireplace of a chateau, watching the horizon from the window.
Bretonne gastronomy showcases seafood such as blue lobster, scallops and Cancale oysters... Brittany offers a host of well-known specialities such as pancakes with salted caramel butter or kouign-amann, but don't be afraid to be tempted by more unusual local recipes such as whisky with buckwheat. Bretonne cuisine offers a broad palette of flavours from both land and sea. Breton restaurateurs are attached to the authenticity of their land but refine their flagship dishes with novel combinations. To stay and enjoy a gourmet trip for a little longer, travellers can book a night in a hotel in Brittany for an overnight stop.
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