My family will be staying in the Finistere region of Bretagne (about 10 miles from Morlaix, close to the Monts d'Arree).
Would anyone be able to recommend places to visit.....e.g. beaches, towns, chateaux,......absolutely anything!!!
Thanks in advance.
Mont St. Michel. You are very close, about 200 km or 125 miles. I realize it's in Basse Normandie but it is right up the road from Morlaix. If you haven't seen it, don't miss it. You could make a day of it and visit Saint-Malo too. Dinan is in the general area but I'm not sure how much you can do in one day. Dinan is really worth a trip though. It is quaint and medieval.
Quimper is due south of Morlaix and is definitely worth a trip. There is usually a carousel next to the cathedral. Don't know how old your children are.
Stop at a tourist information office somewhere along the way. There are wonderful day tours of Bretagne in their brochures. We enjoyed the Phare de I'le Vierge, the tallest lighthouse in France. There is a fun tour of Parish Closes that goes through St. Jaoua, Locmaria, Folgoet and that area. The churches may not be open but make yourself obvious and someone will come running with a key and let you in to see them. The Closes are, of course, open (despite the name!).
Pointe du Raz (the most western point in France) is always a thrill, particularly on a windy day. We enjoyed Pointe de Grouin also. There is a view of Mont St. Michel across the bay . . . way across the bay. There is also a beautiful beach nearby and lots of walking trails that are well marked.
There are gorgeous sandy beaches all around Penhors southwest of Quimper. You could eat at Breiz-Armor right on the shore.
You could also visit the tomb of Merlin the Magician in the Forest of Brocéliande (Paimpont) and the Fountains de Jouvence. Nearby is the Château du Comper where Vivian is supposed to have raised Sir Lancelot. Both the tomb and the fountain require a short hike in the woods. There is an Arthurian Centre at the Chateau.
Have a great trip.
If Mont St Michel isn't too far for you, you could make a circular trip and go from Morlaix to the Mont (taking in St Malo and Dinan on the way), then down through Rennes to the wonderful Rochefort en Terre, then to Vannes, Auray, Concarneau and back to Morlaix. Also in the Vannes region are Carnac with dolmens and a boat trip to Belle Isle en Mer. You'll find wonderful old sections of these cities, but my favorites were Rochefort en Terre and Vannes old town.
Have a great trip!
Thanks for the info!
I asked this question earlier, and am grateful for the answers so far, but thought it might be worthwhile to ask again at a different time of day.
I have just booked a car ferry to Calais for a long weekend (Fri-Mon) at the beginning of next month, and am trying to decide where to stay. Looking for somewhere attractive offering history and architecture (plus good eating and drinking), not too long a drive from the Channel. Am currently torn between Rouen (where we've been before, but only briefly) and G(h)ent, but would happily consider alternatives. I'd be grateful for any advice.
How about Rennes in Brittany or Quimper. Lots of history and good food.
Thanks for the suggestions, Jeanette.
Or stay in the Vannes area and visit sites like Rochefort-en-Terre, Quiberon peninsula (boats to Belle Isle en Mer), Auray old town, Carnac and its dolmens, etc.
YES, Vannes is a beautiful city.
If you need the name of a good reasonably priced hotel overlooking the marina, I can give it to you. Some friends stayed there this year and LOVED it.
Yes, please, Jeanette.
This is the website where you can find more info. on the Hotel Le Marina. It's only a 2 star but my friends said it was nice. Ask for a room facing the harbour. Notice that the prices are very reasonable: 57 euros for a double.
Hope this helps.
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Rochefort is may favorite village in France so far. It is an absolute gem and within a short drive of Vannes. Don't miss it.
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