Brittany’s natural splendours

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Brittany’s natural splendours Rennes fr

Whether you’re interested in hiking, fishing, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking or horse trekking, inland Brittany is a paradise for an eco-friendly holiday.

Head off on a journey of discovery across the region by bike along the Vélodyssée, which runs from Roscoff to Nantes. Comprising 80% of “green ways” (voies vertes), it follows a large section of the Canal de Nantes in Brest, and travels through landscapes with contrasting atmospheres, such as Morlaix bay and the Redon marshlands.

Travel on foot along the Tro Breizh! In the Middle Ages, a tour of Brittany (or Tro Breiz) referred to a pilgrimage in honour of the Seven Holy Founders of Brittany, during which pilgrims would pay homage to the tombs of the region’s founding bishops: Brieuc and Malo in the towns of the same name, Samson in Dol-de-Bretagne, Patern in Vannes, Corentin in Quimper, Pol Aurélien in Saint-Pol-de-Léon and Tugdual in Tréguier. Every year, walkers complete one of the seven stages.

Sights not to be missed: the Pointe du Raz, one of Brittany’s masterpieces of nature, and the only one in Brittany designated a “Grand Site de France”. This landscape, which is guaranteed to take your breath away, can be explored independently or with a guide, as well as via different themes, depending on whether you prefer a more active visit or a more relaxed and fun tour.

Plunge yourself into a world beyond time as you explore the Parc Naturel Régional d’Armorique, which covers four areas, each with their own strong personality: the islands of the Iroise Sea (Ouessant, the Molène archipelago and Sein), the Crozon peninsula, Aulne Maritime and the Monts d’Arrée. From the top of the area’s arid ridges, enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Hiking is without doubt the best way of revealing the secrets of this nature reserve.