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REASONS TO DISCOVER BRITTANY
Mont Saint Michael is located in between the two regions of Brittany and Normandy. The Mount and its abbey is the second most visited site in France and an architectural gem. Accessible at low tide it has been a monastery since the 8th century and served as a prison during the French Revolution. The view of the Mont, from across the water is breathtaking. And the view of Brittany from the Bay is just as wonderful.
This walled city retains a lot of History. Located by the sea it was once the home of pirates and was nearly destroyed by bombings during WWII. The city’s ramparts, the fort of Saint Malo and the Cathedral are reminders of these ancient times. Make sure you take time to explore the city.
Côte de Granite Rose, located on the far western point of Brittany. This 30 km stretch of coastline offers a spectacular sight not to be missed. It has become famous due to the uncommon pink and orange color of its sand and rocks.Cycling along the Pink Granite Coast is an unforgettable experience!
The large stones scattered throughout the countryside and forests in various patterns and rows offer a testament to the region’s ancient roots. Despite the fact that they’ve been around since before the Pyramids were built, their purpose still remains a mystery. Cycling around the region you will likely encounter two types of stone monuments: Dolmen, which resembles a table top, and Menhir, long structures which stand upright.
People from Brittany are proud of their traditions and culture and over the years have found a way to successfully merge them with the modern world and technological advances. This creates a unique cultural experience for visitors who can still hear the traditional language of Breton (Celtic language) being spoken and dine on traditional cuisine. Cycling through Brittany offers a glimpse into a truly unique region and the people who call it home.
Make sure to try the fresh seafood served on a bed of crushed ice: oysters, clams, mussels, large prawns and many other delicacies from the sea. Crepes (thin pancakes made from wheat flour) and galettes (made from buckwheat flour) are also a Brittany specialty. Sweet or savory, they are delicious!
As in Normandy, cider and Calvados (a brandy made from distilled apple cider) are famous drinks from Brittany.
Brittany is located on the north-west peninsula of France. It is famous for its wild coasts and cliffs but also for its scenic countryside and forests. Some of the most famous cities include Brest (a port famous for the role it played during WWII), Lorient (founded in 1666 by the Company of India), Rennes (the historical capital of Brittany) and Saint-Malo (an old privateer city).
The beauty of Brittany and the mild weather attract an increasing amount of people to places such as: Cancal, Dinard, Dinan, Perros-Guirec, Quiberon…
Brittany France, aka Bretagne, is the country of the menhirs, dolmens, and of legends. A long time ago the region was part of Armorica, the center of a group of Cymric Celtic tribes. The Romans under Julius Caesar invaded the country in 56 AD, and it then became a Roman province. After the withdrawal of the Romans around the 5 and 6th century, Celtic natives of Britain (Grande Bretagne), called the Britons, took refuge in Armorica from invaders of their homeland.
The Brittany people are proud of their roots and the Breton dialect is still spoken. It has been officially recognized as a language and is taught in high school and universities.