If there’s one place in Europe that steals many hearts, that would be Brittany, France. Located in the north-west of France and referred to as “Little Brittain”, Brittany is a cultural region full of architecture, arts, music, great cuisine and festivals.
Known as a “magical destination”, you will find scenery like no other in the world including beaches full of hidden coves, golden sand and charming towns.
Provincial and Exotic, it’s Brittany France
One of France’s most rugged regions, Brittany is more than just a spectacular coastline, history and architecture take center stage in this quaint town with is Celtic culture, museums, music and landmarks.
Brittany is France’s well-kept secret hideaway.
There are a variety of choices when it comes to accommodations but holiday homes such as those provided by Casamundo will give you that local “home-away-from-home” feeling, giving you the opportunity to explore every detail of this culturally rich destination.
See Brittany as the French Do
Life among the residents of Brittany is tranquil and yet, purposeful.
The French always make their daily chores look like a scene from a graceful ballet. Brittany offers many little rural lanes full of restaurants, hotels and shops.
No matter where you stay chances are you’ll find enough to explore just a short walk away.
Find a quaint café, a bustling diner or just take part of the thriving cultural scene.
If you’re in the mood for a little exploring, make sure you visit one of Brittany’s islands, Île de Bréhat or Île de Sein are among the most popular ones.
There’s also a vast amount of Cathedrals including Cathedrale St-Pierre-St-Paul, which is one of France’s last Gothic cathedrals.
You’ll need more than a week to really enjoy all the area has to offer.
The walled city of Saint Malo is one of the more popular among tourists holding within it’s walls all it’s pure medieval character and activities.
When in France, do as the French do!
Pick between a rural or seaside setting, wake up to ocean breezes or the sight of acres of colorful flowers.
Take a dip in the outdoor pool or wander cobblestone streets in town.
A holiday home can certainly offer all this and more, make you feel like a local and give you enough time to explore all the details of it’s ancient towns.
You’ll enjoy the shops and sights found only in Brittany.
Saint Malo: Small Town, Big History
What is it about Saint-Malo that tempts tourists to board ferries to France?
What leads them to cross the English Channel in droves?
Historically, this stretch of water was dangerous, as it was the turf of the infamous corsairs.”
These privateers pillaged ships and guarded their loot behind the city’s heavily fortified walls.
Fortunately for visitors, Saint-Malo is more welcoming these days, and it is more than willing to share its current bounty of seafood and crêpes.
Here are some great ways to explore Saint-Malo:
Explore the City
A walk along the city’s ancient walls or beach is the best way to start exploring the town.
Next, visitors can continue out to the Fort National or the Île du Grande Bé.
These sites are only accessible at low tide, and a modern-day Malouin rescue flotilla descends on those who time their visit poorly.
The Cathédral St-Vincent is another stop on every walking tour, as is the impressive Chateau.
The French government put it in place to help them keep tabs on the privateers, and visitors to La Maison de Corsaire can see firsthand how well all the 17th and 18th century plundering paid off.
A trip to the WWII memorial provides a sobering counterpoint – most of the city’s ramparts were completely destroyed during the war.
Their careful reconstruction is a testament to both the city’s determination and pride in its past.
Taste the French Cuisine
Saint-Malo’s numerous cafés and crêperies are great places to grab a bite and wash it down with some local cider.
La Maison du Beurre is a paradise for dairy lovers, as they have several artisan cheeses and butters to sample.
Platters of oysters and mussels are served up pretty much everywhere, but connoisseurs should check out famed restaurant Le Chalut.
Those who prefer sea life that is alive and swimming should visit the Grand Aquarium instead.
Throughout the old town, charming shops open onto cobblestone streets and provide a pleasant afternoon diversion.
The Celtic Breton musicians about are yet another reminder of Saint-Malo’s unique heritage.
Although the passage of time has altered this port city, it has changed less than one might think.
To stand on a pier, with salt on the air and boats creaking in their moorings, is to stand in the shoes of countless voyagers, past and present.
Many who plan a day trip to France chose Saint-Malo for its convenience, but this proud little city is a destination in its own right.