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Brittany
2013
Press
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Press contact
Maud Gicquel
Tel. +33 (0)2 99 28 44 39
[email protected]
www.facebook.com/brittanyfans
Brittany Tourism
1, rue Raoul Ponchon
35069 Rennes Cedex, France
Tel. +33 (0)2 99 28 44 30 - Fax +33 (0)2 99 28 44 40
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Press Pack Brittany 2013
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Welcome to Brittany!
Coast, country and character...
Brittany is a breath of fresh air – and fresh sea air at that. Brittany lies just across the Channel on France’s
northwestern peninsula, a ferry ride or a short flight away. With 1700 miles of coastline, you will have
your pick of hidden coves, wide sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs. Fishermen bring home the catch of
the day in their traditional stripy tops, lighthouses stand sentinel at strategic spots and sailing is second
nature.
Brittany’s countryside is dotted with perfectly preserved medieval towns and villages as well as blueshuttered cottages and traditional farmhouses. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of enchanted forests and
picturesque waterways or the fascinating architecture and culture of Brittany’s towns.
Brittany has a vibrant culture all of its own. A strong regional identity, its own language and Celtic
heritage all combine to give you France but with a Breton twist! Food, drink and fun is all given the
Breton stamp.
Be Breizh!
The unique Breton spirit is put down to being Breizh, the Breton word for Brittany. To be Breizh is to get to
know the real Brittany and to discover its wonders; it’s an invitation to feel invigorated and transformed
by Brittany’s energy. What are you waiting for? Go on, Be Breizh!
Need to know
www.brittanytourism.com
www.familyfun-brittanytourism.com
www.goforit-brittanytourism.com
Contents
www.whatson-brittanytourism.com
www.wellness-brittanytourism.com
www.golf-brittanytourism.com
lWhat’s on in Brittany................................................................................................................................. 4-5
lGo for it in Brittany ........................................................................................................................................ 14
lFamily fun in Brittany ............................................................................................................................. 6-7
lGolf in Brittany ........................................................................................................................................................ 15
lCycle routes for bike lovers ..................................................................................................... 8-9
lCity Breaks ........................................................................................................................................................................ 16-17
lIn and out of the islands ................................................................................................................ 10-11
lHow to get to Brittany.......................................................................................................................... 18
lFood and drink in Brittany ........................................................................................................ 12-13
lMap..................................................................................................................................................................................................... 19
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Brittany 2012: what’s on
You could probably find a festival for every day of the year
but here is just a selection of some of Brittany’s finest dates for the diary.
Les Vieilles Charrues
(‘Old Ploughs’)
18 to 21 July, Carhaix
This multi-genre, multi-stage festival sets the scene for
all kinds of music, and attracts numerous big names
who perform for over 200,000 fans. The friendly, crazy
atmosphere in the festival-goer packed fields is just
amazing.
In recent years the bill has featured the likes of Mika,
Muse, Bruce Springsteen, Phoenix, Bob Dylan, Sting,
Selah Sue, etc., and 2013 is looking just as good, with
German band Rammstein already booked.
To find out more
www.vieillescharrues.asso.fr/2013
Festival de Cornouaille
23 to 28 July, Quimper
Dedicated to the sheer richness and diversity of
Breton culture, the Festival de Cornouaille is a cultural
cornucopia, and even though it is now nearly ninety
years old, this festival is still as youthful as ever.
Concerts, all kinds of entertainment, competitions to
determine the best bagadoù, or bagpipe players, bellTo find out more
ringers and dancers...and the Great Sunday Parade
where everyone dresses in traditional costume. That’s
the Festival de Cornouaille.
Today, the festival has become a horn of plenty into
which the likes of Joan Baez, Césaria Évora and Simple
Minds pour their music. Simply mind blowing!
www.festival-cornouaille.com
Astropolis
August, Brest
Every summer for nearly 20 years, there’s been a
rave-olution in Brest. Astropolis brings together the
ultimate in techno, for a festival that parties along
at lightning speed. And since 2012, techno fever has
also been filling the city during a winter edition, held
in January.
To find out more
www.astropolis.org
La Route du Rock
August, St Malo
Every August, pop is in the air around Saint-Malo. The Route
du Rock is back, entirely dedicated to American and British
rock bands and attracting around 15,000 festival-goers to
the pirate city.
Since 1993, and the concert by a group of illustrious
unknowns from Oxford, AKA Radiohead, the Route du
Rock has gone from strength to strength and has become
somewhat of a benchmark when it comes to British and
American pop and rock.
To find out more
www.laroutedurock.com
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Les Tombées de la nuit
July, Rennes
A truly unique festival, Les Tombées de la Nuit
(Nightfall) brings street art and performance into the
spotlight and offers artists and inhabitants a chance
to come face to face in some rather unexpected
places. Every year, in early summer, surprise and
wonderment take over in the streets of Rennes.
To find out more
www.lestombeesdelanuit.com
Les Transmusicales
December, Rennes
A leading light of the modern music scene, every
winter for the last 30 years, the Transmusicales in
Rennes, has given us a taste of the musical trends of
tomorrow. Groups come here in the hope of making
their last ‘anonymous’ performance before receiving
unanimous acclaim from the critics.
Today, we’ve lost count of the number of legendary
groups that have played in front of audiences
that have since become their unconditional fans.
Portishead, Ben Harper, and Nirvana in the nineties
or, more recently, Kate Nash, The Do or the Ting Tings.
To find out more
www.lestrans.com
What’s on in Brittany
What is the Breton craic
and how to find it!
Brittany has a rich Celtic heritage so it should come
as no surprise that the Bretons themselves are a
social bunch.
Good music, great company and eating and
drinking are the cornerstones and there are a
wealth of one-off festivals, concerts and venues to
be discovered.
The music scene in Brittany is recognised
throughout France – yet it is still something of a
secret in the UK. Festivals with huge headlining
acts are a fraction of the price of their crossChannel counterparts and the atmosphere is
electric.
We’ve put everything together on one website to
make seeking a slice of the Breton craic that bit
easier. Use it to find out about local quirky cafes
and bars, one-off cafe-concerts or the best places
to go to sample local produce.
To find out more
www.whatson-brittanytourism.com
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Family fun in Brittany
The stuff family holidays are made of…
As family destinations go, Brittany ticks all the boxes: easy to get to, an endless supply of things to do and
lots family-friendly accommodation to choose from.
Family holidays in Brittany are all about spending time
together and having fun – enjoying the great outdoors,
getting to know the locals and creating memories that
will last long after you return home.
Keeping kids entertained is easy: Brittany has it covered
from aquariums to zoos. If you’re not building sandcastles
or swimming in the sea, you might be visiting a local
farm, flying through the trees on zip wires or gently
cycling en famille along the canal towpath. The kids
might want to try their hand at water sports – surfing
or supping perhaps? If they are happier inland, there is
a wealth of folklore and fairy tale to transport them to
another world – perhaps that of King Arthur deep in the
enchanted Brocéliande forest or maybe that of Astérix
and Obélix...
When it comes to choosing where to stay, there is family
friendly accommodation to suit every budget. Brittany
has almost 1000 campsites and you can choose from
camping on the coast with water sports for all or relaxing
in the countryside with an on-site pool and non-stop
activities for the kids. Or for something a bit different,
why not try a village de vacances? These purposebuilt resorts are great for families as there are activities
programmed for all ages and you have the independence
of being in your own apartment. As they are popular
with French families, your children can benefit from an
impromptu language lesson or two while they are there.
Or you could check into one of Brittany’s family-run
hotels and let others do the cooking and cleaning for a
week or two...
Eating out in a crêperie is inexpensive and a sure-fire
hit with kids as they are sure to find something they
like among the endless lists of fillings and local festivals
embrace all ages so make sure you find out what’s on
while you’re there.
A website just for families
To help you tailor-make your own summer holidays,
Brittany Tourism has put together a one-stop
website:
www.familyfun-brittanytourism.com
Bringing together family-friendly places to stay and
things to do, it’s jam-packed full of ideas to keep
everyone entertained.
Plan the perfect family break with the online Travel
Planner – make your selection as you explore the
site and print off your Travel Planner before you go.
To make things even easier, you can search by age
range for things to do for the whole family from
babies to teens.
To find out more
www.familyfun-brittanytourism.com
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Get back to nature with the family in Brittany
Go snorkelling with grey seals in northern Brittany! Experience the unspoilt world that lies beneath the
waves…
Designed for anyone aged seven or over, this the sea and snorkel gently towards the mammals,
snorkelling trip gives you a chance to meet grey gliding through incredibly clear waters until suddenly
seals in their natural habitat, on an exceptional, eco- we see their little heads pop up from below the waves.
When they dive back down there’s no point in trying
friendly sea safari!
On board our diving-boat, a converted launch, to follow them: grey seals are champion swimmers
skipper Dominique tells her crew-for-a-day about the and can hold their breath much longer than we can.
dozen or so grey seals that live in the food-rich waters But that doesn’t mean we can’t watch them as they
of the bay. As we draw close to the little islands, the wheel about under the surface!
boat approaches the rocks slowly. Then it’s time for us 90 minutes of pure joy that you’ll never forget!
to don our fins and complete this very special journey This Brittany experience can be yours,
without disturbing the tranquil waters.
from 50€ per person.
Suitably dressed in neoprene and fins, we all slip into
To find out more
www.brittanytourism.com/ideas/brittany-experiences
Gathering shellfish with
the family on the Crozon
peninsula
Wide open spaces and as much sea air as you can
handle!
Could this even be better than rockpooling? Gathering
shellfish on the Crozon peninsula is a great family
activity - and you get to eat your spoils at the end!
Hours are happily whiled away discovering all things
weird and wonderful under the watchful expert eyes
of Joël and Martine. Under rocks, in the sand or under
water, you will discover a whole new, edible world
beside the seaside.
Try this Brittany experience,
from 50€ per person.
To find out more
www.brittanytourism.com/ideas/brittany-experiences
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Tiverton
DORSET
Okehampton
Exeter
Sidmouth
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Launceston
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CORNWALL
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Dartmouth
Dorchester
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Le Mont-Saint-Michel
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Cycle routes for bike lovers
The Velodyssee ®
Vélodyssée® is France’s longest cycle route, starting in England and finishing in Spain!
Not only is it France’s longest cycle route, Vélodyssée is
also the N°1 route in Europe, taking you from Roscoff
to Hendaye, and even going on into England or Spain
if you want! 80% of the route consists of Voies Vertes
(Green Ways), and in Brittany it follows a long stretch of
the Nantes-Brest Canal, offering all sorts of unexpected
encounters and interesting canal-side discoveries. Here
in the heart of nature you will come across numerous
locks, as well as towns like Pontivy and Josselin where
you can drink in the local heritage that includes castles,
churches, and the narrow streets in the old part of town.
As far as Nantes the route is easy, safe and waymarked,
with standard cycle-route signage.
With the Petit Tour de
Manche, England and
Brittany are just a pedalpush away!
This route connects Brittany with Normandy and the
south of England, combining the joy of cycling with that
of exploring seaside and countryside landscapes. It takes
you to Saint-Malo, Mont-Saint-Michel and the very tip of
the Cotentin peninsula before setting sail for the English
coast, where you can cycle from Poole to Weymouth,
covering 150 km of the Jurassic Coast before returning
to Brittany via the island of Jersey.
Find out more about these routes at
www.cycle-west.com/fr
and www.lavelodyssee.com
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Cycling ‘en famille’
Welcome to Brittany’s Green Cycleways (Vélo Routes Voies Vertes)!
To help you explore Brittany by bike, on foot or on
horseback, Brittany has a network of 8 major cycleways
and Green Ways extending over 1,000 km, for natureloving holidaymakers to enjoy. On towpaths, disused
railway lines and country lanes you can explore the
region almost effortlessly! Follow the rivers and canals,
or admire the Gulf of Morbihan, or cross the Monts
d’Arrée and the Montagnes Noires; there’s certainly no
shortage of ideas for family expeditions.
Find out more at
www.brittanytourism.com/things-to-do/get-active/voies-vertes-or-green-ways
Watch This Space: the 100th Tour de France is on its
way!
June 29th – July 21st, 2013
To celebrate its one hundredth anniversary, the Tour de
France will be travelling through Brittany again, this time
visiting Fougères and St Malo.
Find out more at
www.letour.fr/le-tour/2013/fr
Around Brittany on an electric bike
If you don’t quite feel up to tackling the Tour de
France, you can always enjoy visiting northern
Brittany’s Côte de Granit Rose (Pink Granite Coast)
in comfort – on an electrically assisted bike! For just
5 euros an hour you can cycle through Trébeurden
and Perros-Guirec to your heart’s content, before
getting your feet back on the ground in Ploumanac’h
and taking a stroll along the Sentier des Douaniers
coastal path (the Custom Officer’s Footpath), where
you will see the legendary pink rock formations with
their curious names – ‘Napoleon’s Hat’, ‘the Witch’,
and even ‘the Bottle’!
Find out more on
www.bretagne-cotedegranitrose.com/Que-voir-Que-faire/Velek-tro
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In and out of the islands
Sail to Houat island on board
a traditional sailing ship
Set sail on a heritage sailing ship with Jérôme
Ever dreamed of sailing across the Gulf of Morbihan on board a traditional sailing ship, listening to
the wind in the rigging and the waves beating against the hull?
Take a trip on the Krog E Barz and, under Jérôme’s
watchful eye, you might even get a chance to take the
helm! With its green-edged white hull and three majestic
sails, you won’t be able to miss the Krog E Barz waiting for
you in the harbour at Port Navalo, in southern Brittany.
A small group of us climb aboard the traditional vessel
for a trip to the Isle of Houat, accompanied by Olivier, the
ship’s captain, and its owner Jérôme.
The adventure begins the minute we leave the harbour.
Olivier and Jérôme ask us sailors-for-a-day to help sail
the ship, and Jérôme tells us how to hoist the jib and
mainsail. Once we’re safely out at sea, he makes some
coffee, and then takes advantage of this quiet interlude
to teach his guests how to read a nautical chart.
Towards the end of the morning Houat comes into
view, with its church and little white houses, seemingly
perched right on the edge of the cliff. We have four hours
to explore the island and its beaches, before heading for
home on a return journey that promises more sailing
practice - plus a good helping of sunbathing on deck!
Find out more about this and other Brittany water-based experiences at
www.brittanytourism.com/ideas/brittany-experiences
Brittany Experiences:
get to know the real Brittany
Brittany Experiences are a hand-picked selection
of extra special things to do in Brittany. Each one
is organised by a local so you get to see Brittany
through their eyes and it might last a day, a morning
or an afternoon. Brittany Experiences can be booked
through www.brittanytourism.com and prices vary
from 5€ to 104€ per person – a brilliant and inexpensive
way to make your holiday unforgettable...
To find out more
www.brittanytourism.com/ideas/brittany-experiences
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Recharge your batteries
on the islands of Brittany
The Isle of Batz
Setting sail for the Isle of Batz…This delightful island is
best explored on foot, walking its fabulous coastal paths.
The Isle of Batz makes its living from fishing, market
gardening and tourism, and visitors love its mild climate
and magnificent tropical gardens.
Brittany Spa Hotel, Roscoff
Well-being in a delightful 18th century manor-house…
It feels so good to relax on the designer loungers beside
the heated pool with its deep blue waters, or to grab a
bit of ‘me’ time by booking a treatment or a massage in
one the hotel’s treatment rooms. An elegant location,
where charm and refinement reign supreme.
To find out more
www.hotel-brittany.com
Belle-Ile-en-Mer
Stopover on Belle-Ile-en-Mer…This is the largest of
Brittany’s many islands, and truly deserves its name,
which means Beautiful-Island-in-the-Sea. From quiet
beaches to spectacular cliffs, colourful little ports to
lush green countryside, this island offers a rich mosaic
of landscapes, to whose charms even the famous actress
Sarah Bernhardt was not immune!
Hôtel La Désirade
Welcome to La Désirade – an unspoilt, welcoming
location, where soft colours, velvety-smooth wood
panelling and elegant decor create a warm, infinitely
soothing atmosphere. This delightful character hotel
offers a welcome opportunity to unwind in its relaxing
wellness centre complete with open-air jacuzzi,
steam-room, sauna with country views, gym, etc. It is
completely surrounded by nature, whose wild, unspoilt
beauty cannot fail to take you back to simple basics.
To find out more
www.hotel-la-desirade.com
Wellness in Brittany
Brittany, with its iodised sea air and invigorating
climate, is the destination of choice for wellness.
The region is the birthplace of thalassotherapy,
or seawater therapy, and is home to several wellrespected spas. For a health-giving, feel-good
holiday, combine a short break in a thalasso with
Brittany’s healthy diet of freshly caught seafood
and add in a selection of beauty treatments for the
finishing touch. Bliss...
Brittany Tourism’s wellness website contains
essential information for planning a wellbeing
break in Brittany from a list of places to go to useful
vocabulary and treatment ideas.
To find out more
www.wellness-brittanytourism.com
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Food and drink in Brittany
From crêpes to crustaceans,
savour the foodie delights of Brittany
Brittany: the home of pancakes, seafood and cider. Not to mention butter, biscuits and beer. Oh, and
andouille sausage. And extra-special strawberries from Plougastel...
You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to eating
and drinking in Brittany. Crêpes and galettes are served
oozing with every imaginable sweet or savoury filling
while sky-high seafood platters combine oysters from
Cancale, mussels from the Baie de Mont Saint-Michel,
scallops from St-Brieuc and lobster off the Finistère coast.
Look out for the sweet, buttery delight that is kouign
amann or shortbread-like biscuits called galettes.
Salted butter caramel is another Brittany special – get
it homemade on a crepe, in a jar ready to spread on
whatever you have to hand or wrapped up as a sweetie.
The andouille de Gueméné is another Breton speciality –
a strong flavoured chitterling sausage that can be served
in all sorts of guises. Another Breton tradition is the
galette-saucisse: a Breton sausage wrapped in a piping
hot savoury pancake – yum!
To wash it all down, Brittany does a fine line in local
breweries that produce Belgian-style beers from
microbreweries dotted around the region. Alternatively,
artisan farmhouse cider is readily served in crêperies as
the ideal accompaniment to your crêpe or in local bars
as a light, refreshing tipple.
For such a foodie region, it should come as no surprise
that there is a wealth of quirky, but more importantly,
tasty foodie festivals. Take your pick from the selection
below.
A date for the diary
Plan your trip to coincide with one of Brittany’s
weird and wonderful foodie festivals!
lWhat better place to celebrate the humble
pancake than Brittany? The Fête de la Crêpe takes
place in Gourin every year and this year runs from
27-28 July 2013.
l Oysters aren’t just for special occasions in Brittany
and there are two main oyster festivals: one in StCast-le-Guildo in June and one in Locmariaquer
in August.
lSurely the best place to sample the local
speciality tripe sausage, andouille, is at the Fête
de l’Andouille, the sausage festival in Guémenésur-Scorff in August 2013.
lDid you know that Brittany is also famous for
its strawberries? Well, those from Plougastel
anyway. See for yourself during the Fête de la
Fraise in August 2013 in Plougastel itself.
To find out more
Fête de la Coquille St-Jacques, or the scallop
festival, takes place every year in one of Brittany’s
three main scallop-fishing ports. This year it is at
Loguivy de la Mer from 27-28 April 2013.
lThe
www.brittanytourism.com/ideas/art-de-vivre/10-great-ideas-for-eating-out
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Great ideas for gourmets
Shopping list 100% ‘Made in Breizh’
From textiles to biscuits and beverages, while you’re in Brittany why not buy Breton?
From textiles to biscuits and beverages, while you’re
in Brittany why not buy Breton? Renowned brands
like Armor Lux have been around for decades (www.
armorlux.com) whilst others are just beginning to
make a name for themselves, such as the little Breton
headdress-wearing ‘Bigoudène’ created by A l’aise Breizh
(www.alaisebreizh.com) for example. And whether you
have a sweet tooth or prefer something more savoury,
there are delicious flavours to be found at the Pont-Aven
biscuit factory (www.biscuiteriedepontaven.fr) and
Belle-Ile’s canning factory (www.labelliloise.fr), etc.
Find out more at www.armorlux.com, www.alaisebreizh.com,
www.biscuiteriedepontaven.fr & www.labelliloise.fr)
Looking for something out of the ordinary?
Try Olivier Roellinger’s special spices.
Olivier Roellinger is a top Michelin-starred French chef
with a passion for spices that he loves to share, not just
in his cooking but also in his spice shops in Cancale
Find out more at
www.epices-roellinger.com
Go for a drink
in a local café
When it comes to prizes for hospitality, Brittany
wins the top gongs!
Wherever you are, you’ll find plenty of places to party in
the evening. If you want a really ‘local’ experience, get
along to one of the 28 Cafés de pays®, where you can
enjoy a lively evening, in keeping with the local custom,
over a drink.
As the Bretons say: ‘Yec’hed mat!’ – that’s ‘Cheers’ to you
and me!
Find out more at
www.whatson-brittanytourism.com
and St Malo. Roellinger uses all sorts of spices, peppers,
pimentos and vanillas to tell us stories of the adventures
and dreams that have so inspired his cooking.
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Go for it in Brittany
Let Brittany inspire you to have an active break
and feel great about yourself.
With its miles of coastline and open countryside, Brittany is a great place for getting active – or maybe
even to turn your hand to something new. Whether it is on water, feet firmly on the ground or up in the
air, why not go for it in Brittany and get active?
Brittany’s beaches are the perfect playground for water
sports: have a surfing lesson, try supping (or stand-up
paddle to the uninitiated!) or perhaps go on a daytrip in
sea kayaks.
If you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, explore
Brittany’s beautiful countryside by mountain bike; trails
criss-cross forests and farmland to offer blood-pumping
rides for all levels. Or perhaps you might want to put your
mental and physical agility to the test and try climbing or
Go for it and let the adventure begin at
www.goforit-brittanytourism.com
Paragliding in Brittany
A wing, an engine and that’s all ! A paramotor is the
easiest way to fly. It can take off and land anywhere.
Economical, light weight, easy to fold away, taking
up little space, it can be moved around easily to
prepare for immediate take-off.
At a height of 330 metres, the Ménez-Hom towers
over the Bays of Brest and Douarnenez. Always
windswept, this is the best spot imaginable for
gliding sharply upwards over Brittany’s beaches
and inland terrain. Don’t miss a speck of it while
you’re up there - the picture-postcard view is
breathtakingly beautiful.
To find out more
www.goforit-brittanytourism.com
simply get back to nature by taking to Brittany’s endless
bridleways on horseback.
For a bird’s-eye view, experience utter serenity with
a paraglider or the ultimate in exhilaration with a
parachute jump...
Brittany’s website dedicated to getting you out in the
great outdoors offers plenty of inspiration for shaking
up your holiday.
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Golf in Brittany
Brittany’s golf courses are something of an undiscovered secret and the region’s uncrowded greens offer
great golf and great value.
Spectacular links make for an unforgettable golfing
experience and the Breton take on the 19th hole along
with the warm Breton welcome set Brittany’s golf apart.
Easily accessible by ferry, simply put your clubs in the car
and arrive fresh and ready for a round of golf followed by
fine Breton dining in the clubhouse. Take your pick from
courses that will challenge your handicap or provide a
gentle introduction if you’re taking your first ever swing
on the golf course.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite after a day’s golf,
indulge in Brittany’s fresh-from-the-sea shellfish or a
hearty regional speciality, relax and enjoy your golfing
holiday...
For a guide to Brittany’s best golf courses and how to make the most of the Breton 19th hole, visit
www.golf-brittanytourism.com
Rise to the challenge
Allianz Open de Bretagne
5-8 September 2013
Golf de Pléneuf-Val-André, Côtes-d’Armor
Get all the thrill of the fairway when Pléneuf Val André
plays host to the ALLIANZ Open de Bretagne from 5-8
September 2013 as part of the European Challenge Tour.
To find out more
www.golf-brittanytourism.com
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City Breaks in Brittany
Rennes, Brittany’s capital, is a super short break
destination.
Fly to Rennes for a short break in France. Brittany’s capital city has plenty to entertain and amuse: great
restaurants, excellent shopping and fascinating culture. A brilliant destination for foodies, Rennes’
Saturday morning market is one of France’s finest.
A capital capital
Brittany’s capital, Rennes, is a fascinating mix of eclectic
architecture, grand squares and glorious gardens. It’s
easy to find yourself a budget city-centre base and then
the city’s your oyster.
Crêpes with a twist
There are so many good restaurants in Rennes but
given that the Breton national dish is the humble crêpe,
why not see it in a different light in the Crêperie SaintGeorges? Here, all the pancakes are named after famous
Georges – whether it’s Michael, Clooney or Brassens!
Food and culture
Rennes has all the ingredients for a short break – and a
foodie one at that! A city break in the Breton capital is a
great way to see a different side to Brittany.
French market
Rennes’ Saturday morning market is a treat for the
senses. As one of France’s biggest fresh produce market,
the Place des Lices is alive with chatter and folk as
local farmers and market gardeners come to see their
produce. Heavenly.
Culture vultures
As a university town, it’s no surprise that Rennes’ artistic
and cultural calendar is fantastic. Look out for Les
Tombées de la Nuit, or ‘nightfall’, festival in July; a melting
pot of creative expression with street performance,
shows and recitals throughout the city. In winter, Les
Transmusicales comes to town and tomorrow’s bigname artists line up to test the waters in Rennes. It’s THE
music festival for those in the know...
A new kind of guided tour
Meet the ‘Greeters’!
We all know how much the people of Brittany like
to share their love for their region, and now visitors
looking for a new take on the traditional guided tour
can get to know Brest or Rennes in the company of
local inhabitants keen to show them their city as they
see it. It’s an approach based on hospitality and an
exchange of views, and the ‘greeters’ come from all
sorts of places and walks of life, but the one thing
they share is their passion for a town that is either
their place of birth or a place they couldn’t help
falling in love with.
To find out more
Greeters in Brest, at www.brest-metropole-tourisme.fr/fr/greeters
Greeters in Rennes, at www.rennes-greeters.com
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Head to Quimper, the cultural capital of Brittany
for a short break in northern France.
The lively town of Quimper is steeped in Breton history and is known as Brittany’s cultural capital.
Quimper is also a gateway to the surrounding coast and Gauguin country.
100% Breton
Brittany’s strong regional identity can be seen wherever
you go from dual-language road signs (in Breton and
French) to traditional dress. Celebrate all things Breton
during the Festival de Cornouaille held every July in
Quimper. Unforgettable.
Glorious landscapes
To experience some of Brittany’s wild and dramatic
coastline for yourself, head west to the Pointe du Raz
(pronounced ‘ra’) peninsula. Here, at mainland France’s
second most westerly point, lighthouses punctuate the
view out into the Atlantic. Take in the fishing port of
Douarnenez on your way back and the exceptionally
pretty village of Locronan.
A painter’s paradise
East from Quimper, you have Benodet’s renowned
beaches and the charming fishing port of Concarneau
with its walled town. Further east again, you are in
Gauguin country. The painter set up his school in
picturesque Pont-Aven – which is also famous for its
delicious buttery biscuits!
Get back on track
During your weekend break in Quimper, you can’t help
but adopt the relaxed way of life and appreciate the
injection of vibrant Breton culture. A great destination
for taking some time out and remembering what life is
all about.
Rennes, Brest & Quimper by plane, train or ferry
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Direct flights from London, Southampton, Nothingham East Midlands, Exeter, Leeds-Bradford, Cork, & Dublin to
Quimper, Brest, Dinard and/or Rennes with Ryanair, CityJet, BA Cityflyer and FlyBe.
l From London to Rennes, Brest, Quimper and other cities (via Paris or Lille) by Eurostar and TGV.
l Cross-Channel ferry from Portsmouth, Plymouth, Poole, Weymouth, Cork and Rosslare to St-Malo and Roscoff
with Brittany Ferries, Condor Ferries and Irish Ferries.
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Getting to Brittany
Easy access by plane or ferry from the UK and Ireland
Direct routes from the UK to Brittany
By plane
From
To
BirminghamBrest
East Midlands
Dinard
ExeterRennes
GuernseyDinard
Leeds Bradford
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London Gatwick
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Brest, Rennes
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To find out more
Flybe www.flybe.com
Ryanair
www.ryanair.com
Flybe
www.flybe.com
Aurigny
www.aurigny.com
Ryanair
www.ryanair.com
Cityjet
www.cityjet.com
British Airways www.ba.com
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www.easyjet.com
Ryanair
www.ryanair.com
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www.flybe.com
Flybe
www.flybe.com
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To find out more
www.brittanyferries.com
www.condorferries.co.uk
www.brittanyferries.com
www.condorferries.co.uk
Direct routes from Ireland to Brittany
By plane
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Rennes
DublinNantes
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Rennes
ShannonNantes
Shannon Rennes
Airline
To find out more
Aer Lingus www.aerlingus.com
Ryanair
www.ryanair.com
Aer Lingus www.aerlingus.com
Ryanair
www.ryanair.com
Aer Linguswww.aerlingus.com
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Roscoff
Ferry operator
Brittany Ferries
Irish Ferries
To find out more
www.brittanyferries.com
www.irishferries.com
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