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Morbihan: Brittany's ancient land of legends

 
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The Oust (Breton: Oud) is a river in Bretagne, France, right tributary of the Vilaine. Its source is in the hills between Corlay and Quintin. It flows through the following départements and towns:
---Côtes-d'Armor: Uzel
---Morbihan: Rohan, Josselin, Malestroit
---Ille-et-Vilaine: Redon The part of the Oust between Rohan and Redon has been made navigable for small ships, and forms part of the Canal de Nantes à Brest. which links the two cities of Nantes and Brest through inland Brittany. It was built during the 19th century and its total length is 364 km (from the Aulne at Landeleau to the Erdre at Nort-sur-Erdre), with 328 locks along its path. 
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Nantes  is the sixth largest city in France. Its metropolitan area of over 5000,000 is the eighth largest inhabitants at a 2008 estimate.Nantes is located on the banks of the Loire River, at the confluence of the Erdre and the Sèvre Nantaise, 55 km (35 mi) from the Atlantic Ocean. In 1207, the Dukes of Brittany made Nantes their home. Nantes competes with Rennes for the title of Capital of Brittany from the disadvantage of no longer being in a historical provinces of France considered Brittany.

Blazon of Rennes The ancient centre of the town is built on a hill, with the north side being more elevated than the south side. It is at the confluence of two rivers: the Ille and the Vilaine. In the year 275, the threat of barbarians led to the erection of a robust brick wall around Rennes. Rennes became known as the "red town". Rennes invests heavily in arts and culture and a number of its festivals (such as the music festival Les Transmusicales, les Tombées de la Nuit and Travelling (a cinematic festival)) are well known throughout France.
 
Tom Baker Interview At age 15, British character actor Tom Baker, best known as the fourth incarnation of Dr. Who left school to become a monk with the Brothers of Ploermel on the island of Jersey.  The town gave its name to a monastic order, the Brothers of Ploërmel. long-running, award-winning British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC.
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information on Brittany:

    
- Brittany tourist board
     - Discover Brittany
     - Tourist information site
     - French tourist board
http://www.maison

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 Site officiel du tourisme en Bretagne

 

0 892 464 044  our offices are situated in front of the cathedral and on the Ile Feydeau - open 7 days a week, nantes-tourisme.com
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Happenings are organized in the parks and gardens all throughout the year:
 apjb.net Association of the parks and gardens in Brittany:
Web-side of the national event: .rendezvousaux
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Randonnées en Bretagne hiking and recreation nature in Brittany.
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Broad sandy beaches, picturesque ports and rocky coves, ancient folklore and legendary beauty. This is Brittany, situated in the North West of France, the part of France closest and most influenced by Great Britain and Celtic tribes. Many who come will again return to stroll along the small streets of its villages, enter  the austere churches, contemplate the many star markers of the ancient druids,  follow the banks of its many fishing seaports and enjoy one of France's most appreciated cuisines.

The region has a welcoming warmth and is alive with its miscellany of buildings constructed from local granite, medieval half timbered buildings and beautiful Chateauxs set in a green countryside. Over 2,000 rivers meander down to the sea, where ‘l’Ar Mor’ (the ‘sea country’) has three distinct moods: a north coast of flat beaches and granite headlands; a western peninsula of wild crags, cliffs and beaches; and a south coast, indented by coves and creeks.

When the Anglos and Saxons invaded Britain in the 5th century, many Welsh and Cornish Celts fled over the Channel – to a land they called ‘Little Britain’. Although the region was finally incorporated into France in 1514, it still retains a strong sense of Celtic identity. The Breton language is still spoken (mainly in the west) and the people endeavor to preserve Brittany’s ancient culture and traditions.

The sandy beaches and lakes offer water sports of every kind, including scuba-diving, spear fishing, canoeing and wind or sand-surfing. Low hills inland are made for cycling, horse riding and walking, especially through the Parc Régional d’Armorique.


Seafood lovers will adore Brittany’s fruits de mer of lobster, oysters, mussels, clams and scallops – as well as crab in flaky pastry, smoked salmon or Cotriade (Breton fish soup). Brittany is world renowned for its crêperies which offer inexpensive light meals – galettes with seafood, ham or mushrooms, and sweet crêpes topped with chocolate, fruit or jam ready to whet any appetite. Dry white Muscadet is superb with seafood, while the local cider goes wonderfully with crêpes.

Brittany, 'la Bretagne', is the most westerly region of France. Bordered by the English Channel on the north coasts and by the Atlantic Ocean on the south and west coasts. Gently warmed by the gulf stream, Brittany's climate is very mild, winter temperatures seldom fall below freezing and snow is a rarity. Spring and summer are normally warm and sunny making Brittany the ideal holiday destination all year round.

This is a guide to central region of Brittany or Morbihan which contains the forest from which the legends of Merlin and King Arthur sprung as well as some of the most fascinating collections of megaliths. If you are searching for the Holy Grail the myth begins here.

 

Ploermel: City of the Dukes

an enchanted meeting point of myth and reality

On the edge of the Broceliande, the town Ploermel was founded in the 6th century and was the home of the Dukes of Brittany. The St Armel church has some fine stained glass and granite tombstones in the transept. Ploërmel takes its name from Armel, a 6th century English monk.

 Many other mystical and floral villages including Monterrein, Loyat, Taupont, Gourbel and Montertelot are close by including the well-known castles on the canal at Josselin and Paimpont

The star attractions are the adjacent Duke's lake and the many legends still alive in the Broceliande forest. Within the  town of Ploermel itself find: Carmelite friars, the astronomical clock, the church St Armel, the way of the hydrangeas, and the France's largest statue of a person, Pope John Paul

Le Lac au Duc at Ploermel is a place for water sports and sailing, being the largest natural lake in Brittany, and with its safe sandy beach you can swim or relax in the Breton sunshine. Around the lake is le Chemin du Diable au Paradis des Hortensias, a 7.6 km walk edged by thousands of hydrangeas. Ploermel is also home to a huge campsite Camping Du Lac which has access to a manmade beach alongside the sailing lake and is very busy in the summertime with lots of English and European tourists.

There is an astronomical clock  which is classed as a national monument, it was built in the 19th century and has 10 panels depicting the solar system.  In addition to the breakdown of the time, his ten dials also indicate the position of the sun and stars, the phases of the moon, or the signs of the zodiac.

The Maison de Marmousets on Rue Beaumanoir was until recently the most famous landmark in the town and it has some marvelous wood sculptures on its facade. Today Plormel is known throughout France and beyond for its monumental bronze statue. On 10 December 2006, the city unveiled an 8.75 m tall statue of Pope John Paul II. It was a gift by Russo-Georgian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, and has sparked some controversy over the separation of Church and State

 While the Ploermel enjoys a close association with the characters from the King Arthur legends with the nearby forest and lake being called an enchanted meeting point of myth and reality, the town itself will impress you as more modern rather than romantically mediaeval. 

Ploermel is a growing and developing community with a thriving economy and a lively atmosphere. Ploermel is also a great haven for lovers of the great outdoors. Yet you can also enjoy plenty of indoor leisure activities as within Ploermel there is a bowling alley, a cinema, two new shopping centres, a good number of bars and some excellent restaurants.

Market day is Friday and it matches up well with nearby Josselin's  on the following Saturday.

office of tourism of Ploermel 02 97 74 02 70


The coast at Vannes (50 km), Lorient and the Quiberon peninsula are just a short hop down the dual carriageway south about 50 minutes. Here some of the best beaches and wildlife sanctuaries can be found. From Ploermel it is only 40 minutes drive to the coast, the impressive town of Vannes and just a little father afield the standing stones of Carnac, many other ancient and mediaeval sites surround you in the peaceful Morbihan countryside, the roads are a pleasure to meander along.

Mont_Saint_Michell.jpgIf you go north you can just as quickly be in Mont Saint Michel or the picturesque and quaint old towns of Dinan, Treguer, St Malo or Rennes to the east. In the south the canal from Brest to the rest of France is to be found in Josselin. Pretty towns like St Nicholas and Pontivy are easily reached by boat or canoe or you can just cycle or walk along the tow paths in any direction.

 

 Lac au Duc (Duke's Lake )
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Lac au Duc means aquatic activities such as swimming, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, waterskiing are minutes away. There is also a water slide and splash pool for kids, free tennis courts and a 9 hole golf course on the shores of the lake. Cycle and walking trails surround the lake and also lead you to the Nantes/Brest Canal, from here you could cycle to the picturesque town of Josselin with its imposing chateau. The nearest town, less than 10minute drive is Ploermel with an excellent selection of shops, supermarkets, places to dine, historic buildings and a great weekly market. Within cycling distance is the village of Taupont which has a friendly bar and first class bakery  

The well known sailing lake, The "Lac au Duc" (Duke's Lake ) , is an excellent site for relaxation or for water sports enthusiasts.   Lac du Duc ia a man-made beach with a range of watersports. The supervised beaches offer full amenities including, tennis, volley-ball, golfing, angling, walking or rambling, fitness trail, horse riding, bathing and even a water slide.

 "Lac au Duc is a wonderful leisure activity centre where you can experience the countless sports activities or just relax in the calm of this peaceful and natural environment.

GETTING THERE: Follow N24 direction Rennes and take the first turn off for Ploermel, down to roundabout and the Lac du Duc is signposted. including canoeing, pedalos, windsurfing, childrens play area, bouncy castle and golf."


 

Josselin
The beautiful medieval town of Josselin is  set on the banks of the Oust river.  Josselin is a amazingly well preserved town with an excellent yet typical rural Saturday market. The town has a medieval castle, doll museum, many restaurants, bars and creperies. Motorboat and canoe hire is also available in the summer months by the castle on the Nante/Brest canal.
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 imposing castle, the Chateau of the Rohans, on the banks of the Nantes - Brest canal and the river Oust.
In 1488, Duke of Brittany François II demolished the castle of Josselin, which then belonged to Viscount Jean II de Rohan, who had supported the French party. François' daughter, Duchess Anne de Bretagne, became Queen of France in 1491. She forgave Rohan and allowed him to rebuild the castle. Rohan's wonderful facade in Renaissance style is still there. He lowered the towers and linked them with a "stone lace" fairly unique in Brittany.

Henri II (1579-1638), first Duke de Rohan in 1603, was the leader of the Huguenot party in the beginning of the XVIIth century. Cardinal de Richelieu seized Josselin and demolished the donjon and five out of its nine towers. The two enemies met in the King's antechamber, and Richelieu said: Je viens, Monsieur le Duc, de jeter une bonne boule dans votre jeu de quilles (Your Grace, I just threw a nice ball into your skittles).

From the XVth to the XVIIth century, Josselin was a wealthy city because of its cloth and rope workshops and its famous fairs and markets.
Josselin's life started again in the XIXth century whan the river Oust was incorporated to the canal Nantes-Brest and when the church of the Roncier was consecrated as the basilica Notre-Dame-du-Roncier. Around 800, a peasant is said to have found a statue of the Blessed Virgin hidden under evergreen brambles (ronces). He brought the statue at home, but the next day he found the statue againts under the brambles. After a few unsuccesful attempts, he understood that the Blessed Virgin wanted him to build a chapel instead of the brambles. Note that a similar story explains the origin of several churches and chapels in Brittany and elsewhere. In 1789, the miraculous statue was burned and the church transformed into the Temple of the Reason. Small pieces of the statue were preserved and a modern statue is now placed in the church. Constable Olivier de Clisson and his wife Marguerite de Rohan have their mausoleum in the church.
Another story of a miraculous statue of the Blessed Virgin found in a bush is told in the Breton city of Rostrenen.

 

It is well known for its magnificent gothic Chateau which originates from the 11th Century and has been owned by the Rohan family since the 15th Century, they in fact still live there to this day. With its three majestic towers dominating La Vallee de L'Oust, and its splendid flamboyant gothic facade,  Josselin, home to the courageous captains Beamanoir and Clisson and their property des Rohans, offers a remarkable testimony of feudal architecture and of the Renaissance.

Josselin (in Breton, Josilin) is a small city of about 2,500 inhabitants  and with the neighbouring city of Ploërmel, Josselin is among the main cities of the area called Porhoët, lit., the country in the woods. Josselin is separated from the Gulf of Morbihan by the moors of Lanvaux.

The medieval architecture can still be seen throughout Josselin and it seems as if every twist and turn of the old streets hides a wonderful historical gem. It is worth seeing the gargoyle Basilique Notre Dame du Roncier (our Lady of the Brambles) with its beautiful 15th and 16th century stained glass windows. The Basilica also contains the tomb of Olivier de Clisson, one of the most successful local warriors in the many centuries of battles recorded in the region.

There is a fine selection of bars and restaurants, a number of them located next to the river and also in the town square that offers many restaurants and cafes overlooking the Basilica de Notre Dame du Roncier.  Josselin has been awarded the status Petite Cité de Caractère (little city of character) and is well worth a visit during your stay in Brittany .

Josselin is also on the famous Nantes de Brest canal which is busy in summertime. It's wonderful to stroll along the canal side watching all the colourful barges slowly passing by.

GETTING THERE: Josselin is 80km west of Rennes via the N24.

  • middle of July for the medieval festival.
  • Remember, shops and banks close between 12.00 - 14.00 (except Super U supermarket that is open all day weekdays but closed all day Sunday).

 

Paimpont
At Paimpont the Abbey and Lake nestle close to the town. It is quite a bustling little thoroughfare full of shops selling Arthurian books of local folktales and an array of crystals and the finest hand painted korrigans. (Brittany's goblin folk.) Here too are some fine tabacs, cafes and restaurants were you can drink some very strong coffee, the local cider and eat a startling variety of crepes - savoury, sweet or even doused in liquor and set aflame.

A wealth of wonders lies within the region of central Brittany, and gastronomic delights, fine wines and local Breton cider await the caller at every restaurant and bar. Villages and towns of breath taking beauty abound, set against a backdrop of magnificent countryside. Here is a magical place where the traveller can rest easy and forget the pace of modern life, a place where your soul can be recharged with the wonder of life - the beauty of Brittany.
 Combat des Trentes (Fight of the Thirty)

Ploermel and  Josselin --- 30 vs 30

The local legendary battle between neighboring towns

In the middle of the XIVth century, Brittany was trashed by the War of Succession of Brittany. There were two pretenders: Charles de Blois, supported by the King of France, and Jean de Montfort, supported by the King of England. The Blois party hold the castle of Josselin, commanded by Jean de Beaumanoir, whereas the Montfort party hold the neighbouring city of Ploërmel, located 12 km east of Josselin, commanded by Bemborough, aka Bembro. The two commanders decided to set up a fight involving 30 knights from each camp. The authorized arms were sword, dagger, axe and spear. The fight, later known as Combat des Trentes (Fight of the Thirty), took place on 27 March 1351, on the Moor of Mi-Voie (lit., Midway), between Josselin and Ploërmel. The place is called today La Pyramide and the fight is recalled by a granit column (Obélisque des Trentes). The fight lasted all the day long. The Montfort troop included 20 English, six Germans and four Bretons. Blois eventually won: Captain Bembro was killed with eight of his companions and the other knights were caught and brought back to Josselin. Beaumanoir was injured during the fight and asked for water, to which his lieutnant Geoffrey de Blois answered: Bois ton sang, Beaumanoir, la soif te passera ! (Drink your blood, Beaumanoir, your thurst will pass!)
The War of Succession of Brittany ended in 1364, when Charles de Blois was defeated and killed in Auray.
Rennes

Rennes is the regional capital of Brittany or Bretagne which lies between the English Channel to the north and the Bay of Biscay to the south As the 2,000 year- old regional power seat, Rennes has seen many armies batter its walls. Today Rennes is one of France's fastest growing metro areas with nearly 600,000 locals.

 It has a very pleasant old quarter where you will find a massive Saturday market which is claimed to be one of the largest in France.[ from 6am to 1:30PM, ]

There are almost 60,000 students here which gives the town a vibrant night life. Some streets, such as the Rue Saint Michel, have only one type of shop on both sides: Bars! (The locals actually call "Rue Saint Michel" "la rue de la soif", which means the "Street of Thirst").

For adults, the Musée des Beaux Arts, housed in the former university) has some excellent art galleries.  The Musée de Bretagne is housed in the same building.  The Jardin du Thabor in the Rue du Paris is impressive.

Kids like nearby Vitré or Fougères.

English website.

GETTING HERE

 AIR: Rennes airport has budget flights, to and from Southampton thanks to Flybe, or Dublin with Aerlinguswhich has good offers. The airport is less than 5km away from the city center, and bus No 57 links it with the city. One hour away, Dinard's airport offers other cheap options, with for example a connection to London with Ryanair.

TRAIN: The easiest way to get to Rennes from Paris is through Gare Montparnasse. There are TGVs almost every 30 minutes and the ride is 2hrs and 3 min. Tickets are available on the SNCF website, and between 25 and 65 Euros for one way. If you're under 26 years old, and planning to travel in France by train, get the "carte 12-25" (49 €) which will offers you 50% off most of the time.

BUS: Rennes has also an international and local bus station, right next to the rail station. This is where you can get information about Illenoo (see below) and where buses such as Eurolines arrive in the city.

Festivals in Rennes

  • February Travelling and Travelling Junior. It's Rennes Métropole movie festival. Traveling explores a culture focusing on a city every year. 2008 edition will focus on Buenos Aires and will take place from february 9th to the 19th.
  • April Mythos. It's the festival of the arts of word. Tales, stories, french song,
  • May Rock'n Solex. The oldest student festival of France. In 2007, it celebrated it's 40th birthday. This festival is a mix of music and solexs' race.
  • July Les Tombées de la Nuit. It's an art festival where many spectacles take places in public places. Alternative, classic or traditional music, animations, expositions is the concept of that festival. It always take place the first week of july.
    Quartiers d'été. An outdoor festival organized by volunteer youngsters. Concerts, cinema, animations, games,... During the 3rd week of july.
  • November Yaouank. 3rd week end of november
  • December Les Transmusicales
the Oust river canal from Nantes to Brest,
The canal from Nantes to Brest, flows with the Oust river which has
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There are 328 locks creating the Oust river canal from Nantes to Brest

 chiseled imposing features along its way. You will discover Brittany's only gorges framed by cliffs. No longer used for commerce the canal is a well developed park with landing stages, canoe stairs and picnic areas  built in wood or stone, in a matter that helps them blend into the the natural beauty of the settings. The marshlands encourage a large and diverse population of wildlife.  The flora features a lush cover of   maritime pine and Wisteria.

The original idea of such a canal is dated from the 16th century but it's only when Brest was blockaded by the English fleet that Napoleon I of France decided to build this canal to assure a safe inland link between the two largest military ports of the French Atlantic front. Building started in 1811 and the inauguration by Napoleon III of France was celebrated in 1858.

Houseboats: Busy commercial traffic on the Oust came to an end  in the 1920s , but the relatively recent development of river-tourism has seen many boats take permanent residency along the  riverside and navigation is well maintained. Houseboats can find landing stages in different places along the banks: Bains-sur-Oust, Saint Vincent-sur-Oust, Peillac.

magpie island: The île aux Pies (the magpie island), set between Bains-sur-Oust and Saint Vincent-sur-Oust,  with rocky peaks towering at 50 meters heights is  a paradise for rock climbers. The well marked trails make this area a great spot for hiking and cycling as well.
The Glenan mortar ,is the best known fishing spot from yellow bellies”, to the eels.

Enjoy an unhurried journey with time to picnic beside the locks and flower-bedecked cottages. Pedal along the Blavet Valley, following the slowly meandering waters of the river and pause for swimming or watersports in the cool waters.

Beaches

With hundreds of miles of coastline, Brittany is blessed with stunning beaches. Some of Brittany’s beaches are in seaside towns such as Dinard, Carnac and Benodet. Others are more natural – like those along the Pink Granite Coast
One of the closest beaches is at Conleau, Vannes, where a retaining wall ensures the tide is always in!

 

A nearby sandy beach that has been recommended for children is at Port Louis
Other popular beach locations include Carnac, Larmor Plage, La Trinite Sur Mer and St Pierre-Quiberon, and all these beaches are recommended for children.

La Grande Plage Canac was recently recommended as one of the best 20 beaches in France (France magazine May 2006). Children will love the clean soft yellow sand and the beach is looked after well. There is a nice beachside promenade to walk along, and plenty of places to eat and drink.

Damgan is where the French tend to holiday and there is a wide variety of stunning beaches with the town and restaurants less than 100m from the beach.
There are also quieter beaches, where you will find nature reserves, sand dunes and open spaces including the long dune belt from Gavres to Penthièvre.
All around the Golf du Morbihan there are tiny beaches and rocky coves where you should be able to find a spot just for yourselves.
The beaches are invariably unspoilt and clean. The most popular coastal areas can get busy in peak season, but there are always quieter alternatives waiting to be discovered.

The Cote Sauvage is exposed and generates large rolling waves from the Atlantic, so proves popular with surfers.

Top Ten Beaches @ aboutbrittany.com

La Baule and its coast

It is hard to imagine what La Baule was like in the mid-19th Century when all that was there was an expanse of sand dunes. Although it is one of the most famous French seaside resorts on the Atlantic coast, La Baule is a relatively new town, being founded at the end of the 19th C when tourism was just beginning to take off in a big way. Today, this stretch of coast, which includes La Baule, Pornichet and Le Pouliguen, forms an almost uninterrupted stretch of seafront, consisting of large buildings and smart hotels, some 9 miles long.

La Baule – Luxury hotels, a casino and magnificent villas are lined up behind a concrete wall that dominates 4 miles of the resort's long, white, sandy beach. The Avenue du General-de-Gaulle is the town's main shopping centre. Few of the handsome villas are left there, although there are some among the pinces of the Benoit district. The SNCF (French railway) station through which the first holiday-makers discovered La Baule is now classified as an historic monument and is worth a visit.

Department of Morbihan
Named after the Morbihan, the enclosed sea that is the principal feature of the coastline.

Morbihan is definitely the one in which the variety and Location of Morbihan in Francemagnificence of these neolithic monuments are the most striking: menhirs, dolmens, cromlechs (circles of menhirs), tumulus, and cairns (called galgals in Brittany). The most ancient megaliths in France are situated in Brittany (4500 to 5000 B.C.). Much later, the Celts, who were Indo-European tribes, came to populate Western Europe.

Unique language
The region possesses a unique culture, where three languages are spoken, French, Breton - western Brittany, and Gallo - eastern Brittany. The Breton language is most similar to Welsh and Cornish with many words totally identical and it is said resulted from the influx of immigrants from the south of Britain in the 5th-6th centuries.

Gallo sounds a bit like Norman French, Jersiais (Jersey French), Dgèrnésiais (Guernsey French), Sercquiais (Sark French) and the extinct language of Alderney - Auregnais, as the roots are the same. A Romansque language Gallo is one of the Langues d'oïl which are languages originating in the Northern territories of Roman Gaul which were Northern France, a part of Belgium and the Channel Islands. One of the Metro stations in Rennes has signs in French and Gallo. "
legends & secrets
Merlin became very popular in the Middle Ages. Merlin's popularity has remained constant. He figures in works from the Renaissance to the modern period. In The Idylls of the King, Tennyson makes him the architect of Camelot. Mark Twain, parodying Tennyson's Arthurian world, makes Merlin a counterpoint to the technocratic rational hero who eventually destroys his civilization. Finding time for soul work and our dreams is easy in this forest.
Water Spas
Modern Thalassotherapy, whose benefits are scientificly approved, is born in Brittany nearly two-hundred years ago. So, while teams of specialists take care of your health, forget all the tireness, and  worry about nothing else but your own sake. Build up your personal fitness- programm, and after each treatment, take the time to go for a walk in the invigorating seaside, or to visit cultural sights.You feel new-born?
Fishing
Brittany has some of the best fishing rivers and lakes in France , as well as something like one third of France 's coastline, giving a great variety for keen anglers.

Fishing permits can be bought for a day, two week or annual period, and will cover fishing in the whole department. So if you buy a permit in Morbihan, you can fish throughout Morbihan. In addition you can also pay an extra fee to upgrade your permit to cover all of Brittany. The two week fishing permit used to only be available during the summer months.....it is now available all year round!
 

NANTES: Greenest City in Europe
In 2003, the French weekly L'Express voted Nantes to be the "greenest city" in France. In 2004, Time magazine described Nantes as "the most livable city in all of Europe"

"Recycling and conservation programs have resulted in 1,000 hectares of greenery and 95 parks and squares around the Nantes area; 70% of all waste is recycled. There are 500 km of bicycling and walking paths, which often hug the banks of the Erdre River. Even the city center feels light and airy, with wide sidewalks and streets, and a skateboarding park near the heart of town. But Nantes' pride and joy is its transportation system, which includes a tramway network and a fleet of 155 buses that run on natural gas."  [source]

 

Weather

 France is temperate but the climate varies including cold winters and hot summers in the north and centre while the South of France is Mediterranean in outlook with mild winters and hot summers.The south coast of Brittany can be scorching in July and August. The Finistère area of western Brittany tends to be the coolest in summer, while the south coast of Morbihan, benefiting from a sunny microclimate, is the warmest. In winter time, Brittany benefits from a remarkably mild climate but can go below 0 with the help of a north wind.
Climate Trends in France

Festivals in Bretagne
Festivals-bretagne by tourismebretagne.com
Calendar of Events in Brittany @ aboutbrittany.com

May Art Rock -

Ploermel Carnaval
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Ploermel holds its famous Carnaval on 2 Sundays in May. In 2008 it hosted the FECC World Canival Congress and the night parade was on the last Sundayand the day parade was the 1st Sunday [more]

July Festival du bout du monde -

Bobital -

Au pont du Rock - Last week end, in Malestroit (Morbihan).

Les vieilles charrues -

August Festival interceltique de Lorient

La Route du Rock -

December: Ploermel Christmas events

Food & Drink

Breton Specialities

  1. Cider and drinks made from cider such as Pommeau which is sweet drink a little like an apple sherry.
  2. Chouchen - "hydromel" which is made from honey.
  3. Crepes not just the world-famous sweet crêpes, but also savoury galettes.
  4. Far Breton - a flan filled with egg custard and prunes.
  5. Galettes - Buck wheat pancakes (black flour used for these savoury galletes) and crepes, pancakes made from white flour. The former are always filled with savoury filings and the latter are both desserts or have savoury filling. Galette Sausice are sold from vans or produced at fetes frequently and are barbecued sausages with a galette wrapped round them. You can purchase a "double" which is a double galette not sausage. Mustard and tomato sauce are available to be added.
  6. Guémené Andouille (peppery pork sausage)
  7. Kouign-amann - a buttery cake made from bread dough which can be plain or with almonds or apples.  Try to sample them piping hot,
  8. "Lait Ribot" is a sour full cream milk and frequently drunk when eating galettes or crepes.
  9. Seawater beer.
  10. Traou Mad - a flat biscuit.
  11. Oysters (huitres): the best are from Cancale, a village near to Saint-Malo.
  12. Mussels (moules): fished in the place and available in any restaurants.
Morbihan Attractions
 
Yves Rocher welcomes you to La Gacilly, his hometown and for a privileged moment dedicated to nature and beauty http://yves-rocher.com  An amazing botanical garden featuring a musical journey with vegetal instrumentation
lafermedumonde.com
branfere.com discover the wild animals of Africa. The same city has a paper-mill with gigantic water wheel which hs made paper using centuries old techniquies. The first paper mills in the town were built by the Romans
lafermedumonde.com kid's park, with 400 animals from 5 continents by foot or mini-train
sellor-decouverte.fr

Hennebont Nation studfar

sellor-nautisme.com

calm or white water rafting river hikes equipment for hire

www.prehistoire.com
prehistoire.com

at Malansac bwtween Vannes & Redon 30 life -size scenes from the time of the dinosaurs

 

 

Office de Tourisme du Pays de Guer *Place de la gare 56380 GUER - Tél. 02.97.22.04.78 / Fax. 02.97.22.08.49
Ouvert toute l'année
 
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Office de Tourisme du Pays de Malestroit **17 place du Bouffay 56140 MALESTROIT - Tél. 02.97.75.14.57 / Fax. 02.97.73.71.13
Ouvert toute l'année
malestroit.com


Office de Tourisme du Pays de Josselin **Place de la Congrégation 56120 JOSSELIN - Tél. 02.97.22.36.43 - Fax. 02.97.22.20.44
Ouvert toute l'année - paysdejosselin-tourisme.com


Office de Tourisme du Pays de Mauron en Brocéliande ** Place Henri Gillard 56430 TREHORENTEUC - Tél. 02.97.93.05.12 / Fax. 02.97.73.80.39
Ouvert toute l'année  valsansretour.com


Syndicat d'Initiative du Porhoët

Place du Martray 56490 LA TRINITE PORHOET - Tél. 02.97.93.94.34 / Fax. 02.97.93.97.58 porhoet.fr


Comité Régional du Tourisme en Bretagne

Ce site vous permet de découvrir la Bretagne. Renseignements pratiques : Transport, hébergements, activités sportives…
tourismebretagne.com


Pays Touristique de l'Oust à Brocéliande Brocéliande to Oust: stays, practical information ... oust-broceliande-vacances.com


Centre d'activités équestres de Tréhorenteuc - Le Terrier 56430 Tréhorenteuc- 02 97 93 01 05
perso.orange.fr/caeb

 

 

www.carnaval.com