WOW! This Castle has impressive walls is what I thought when I first saw it. The castle is Europe's largest fortress. The castle was first built just after 1000 AD in this part of the Nançon river valley to defend the frontiers of Brittany from Norman invasion. The castle was built on a rocky headland emerging from a marsh, sheltered by hills, and...more
A MUST DO, when visiting the Church, is to wander around the back to where the balustrades are.From here, there are fantastic views over the old part of the city and the gardens.You can see the Castle and all the ramparts from here.Pity I was facing the sun, the photo's aren't the best.more
From the Place aux abres which is a public garden giving a terrific view of the castle of Fougeres and the medieval town way down below the gardens, there is a footpath which starts here and goes down to the medieval quarter below. The cliff has been terraced and gardened along the way and so it is a lovely walk to do.Along the way is a sculpture...more
High on the hill is the Church of Saint Leonard, the second oldest Church in Fougeres. It has been modified many times between the 12th and the 17th centuries, including being enlarged in the 19th century. The northern facade is decorated with balustrades and wonderful gargoyles, so don't forget to look up, I'm glad I did! The church belfry which...more
What an amazing sight was coming around a round-about at the bottom of Rue du Tribunal and seeing this giantic mural on the side of the building. It was so life like!The mural shows the architecture of Fougeres, including the glass roofs in place Jean Guehenno, the half-timbered house with a porch can be seen in reality in rue Nationale, the...more
The Statue of General de le Riboisiere (1759-1812) was of interest, because would you believe, THE ORIGINAL STATUE WAS MELTED DOWN IN 1942 TO BUILD CANONS!In 1999, they found the original plaster mould and a new statue was made and returned to its original site.He was born in Fougeres and was a General for Napoleon.more
This is an old Church, actually Fougeres 1st parish. It was built in gothic style in the 14th & 15th centuries, with the nice wooden chancel being added around the 16th - 18th centuries. Of importance here, was the discovery of the lost statue of Notre Dame des Marais [Our Lady of the Marshes] The Church of Saint Sulpice has the statue and during...more
When I first went to France, I spent about three days in the town of Fougères in Brittany. Like most French towns, Fougères has a medieval past, and many architectural structures still exist from this age. The Chateau de Fougères is just one of these remnants from the medieval times. Located in the heart of Fougères, you can tour the castle at your...more
Tourist Office that welcomes over 35,000 visitors per year that is a good source of maps and tourist information. Also available for sale within the office are the usual postcards, guides and books, gift ideas, regional specialities and local arts and crafts.November to EasterTuesday to Saturday: 10.00 am to 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm to 6.00 pmMonday:...more
If you have time to see the old town (we did not), start by walking across the river tand in the valley is the church of St.-Sulpice start in 1410 and completed over 200 years later. There is a carving of the fairy Melusine on the South doorway (bot the side we could see from the Raoul Tower of the Castle in this picture).more
There is a total of 13 Towers. The most prominent are at the rear backing up an area where the keep once stood. The one on the left is the Melusine Tower,extremely large, so named because the builders the Lusignan family claimed to be descendents of that mythical fairy. Other pictures show the southern towers which have platforms for gun...more
The structure today was started after the destruction of the primitive original in 1166. It is a mederately large space as seen from the inside looking toward the entrance towers and sets of obstructive bridges and moats. The large inner courtyard has grown up over the centuries to be like a park with some large trees and shrubbery. The inside of...more
The main attraction in Fougeres is the impressive medieval castle, sitting proudly in the lower town. The castle is in great condition and is a must see if you are in the area. You enter the castle via the moat bridge, walk through the forecourt and then through to the area where everyday life was carried out, except in times of war when the...more
A nice hotel to stay in.. We came to Fougeres late and hadn´t arranged a place to stay. We found...more
10 Place Gambetta, Fougeres, 35300, France
Good for: Couples
Rue de Bretagne, Fougeres, 35133, France
Good for: Couples
After a visit to the fabulous medieval castle, we wanted to relax for a while before moving onto our next destination. A café located just by the castle entrance/exit beckoned us with its shaded terrace - unsurprisingly it was called La Terrasse.
La Terrasse has a large terrace area at the front, plus more tables inside (and clean toilets!). Service was nothing great, but we were only here for afternoon tea so it didn't matter.
Favorite Dish: It was a warm day so it seemed the perfect time for ice cream! We all had a couple of scoops. The coffee and pistachio flavours were particularly tasty.
Alex & Chris also had a coffee, while I stuck to an icy cold Perrier.
In June/July 2006 we had a 9 day driving holiday in France. We caught a car ferry from Dover to Calais, drove down through Normandy, popped into Brittany and then caught the ferry back to Dover from Boulogne-sur-Mer.
We chose to take our own car over, as the cost of the ferry and petrol was significantly cheaper than flying from London and hiring a car in France. I also feel a lot more comfortable travelling in our own car as opposed to a hire car.
The only negative thing about driving our car in France is that it is a right hand drive car, and French cars are left hand drive, which means that tolls/tickets machines etc are on the wrong side of the car for the driver to operate…luckily I was able to assist in these duties from the passenger seat, but I do feel sorry for the solo traveller in these situations.
Driving in France is great. The roads are good and the sign posting is excellent. You can hoon along on the wide tollways/freeways, or travel along pretty coastal roads, soaking up the atmosphere of the French countryside. Just remember which side of the road you have to drive on if you come over from the UK.
Although Fougères is a town without any major high street brands, it has lots of unique shops that help to keep the charm of this delightful town.
Not a danger, and not really a warning, but if you're a beginner photographer (like I was back in 94 when I was 14) - remember the basic rule: don't face the sun when taking pictures!
Miscellaneous: When you visit each town and city, there are usually information centres where you can pick up free maps. Take one! They'll give you a visualization of the areas you're visiting. Not only that, but you can discover so much more with a map, and you won't get lost! Here's a map of the town of Fougeres in Bretagne.
As a dividend for our detour to Fougeres we were aware that we would be able to see our first Breton Stones. This whetted our appetite for future visits to this are of France. This is not Carnac of Stonehenge, but it is the real thing and it was our first view of this kind of atrefact. It is called the "Cordon des Druides". It is a line of 80 low quartzite stones about 300 m long in an alley in a birch forest. The tallest stone is about 2m high. It is reached by taking D117 Northeast from Fougeres . After 2.5 km , there is a road right marked "Cordon des Druides". At 0.7km a signpost left shows a footpath to this.
There are some lovely public gardens located in the upper town of Fougeres. You will find them just behind the Eglise St-Leonard.The gardens are beautifully maintained and a great place to relax for a while. From here there are fabulous views down to the lower town and castle. You can actually walk down the steep hill, through the gardens, and...more
When you're travelling through France, learn about the towns you visit! Even if you're not a packrat, pick up the free brochures and pamphlets each town and historical site offers to tourists. It usually provides background history on where you're visiting - things that you might not discover if you were to just walk around and explore without any...more
is getting in the local Fougeres newspaper! When I got back home, I received a postcard and a letter from the Renard family. Apparently our school visiting their school was newsworthy ;) and hey, quite frankly, I completely agree with them! (BTW - click on the picture - I'm in it!)more