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Places to visit

This is a fascinating area of Brittany giving you the choice of wonderful inland valleys and hills to explore but also being within easy reach of the three very different Brittany coasts; west coast for surfing, north coast for rock pools and south coast for glorious sandy beaches.  There are so many things to do in this area for adults and children alike. Please do not hesitate to ask us if you have any special interests, whatever you enjoy doing you can find it in this area. Please take a look at the Brittany Tourism website on the following link.

Brittany Tourism

Or here are some suggestions:-

 

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Lac de Guerledan

Maison de Philomene is only 9 miles by road from Lac de Guerledan. The largest lake in Brittany. You can enjoy various water sports such as water skiing or swimming, or hire a motor boat, canoe, kayak, rowing boat, dinghy or pedalo, or enjoy a lake cruise. Take dinner one evening during the summer on a floating restaurant.  There are great places to eat and drink onshore and three small beaches which offer safe bathing for children. There are also timed walking routes around the lakes perimeter with varying distances and times.  Alternatively, if you wish it quieter, Lac Bosmeleac, 7 miles by road, offers a more tranquil setting. With one restaurant overlooking the lake. This also has mapped timed walking routes of varying distances.



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L'Abbaye de Bon Repos

The Abbey was originally built in 1184 and has been rebuilt over the centuries.  Its superb setting next to the River Blavet and the Nantes-Brest Canal is well worth a visit:  there are weirs, salmon stairs, a former water mill, a medieval stone bridge over the river, a restaurant and a very interesting fossil/ jewellery/ objets d'art  shop.  Opposite there is a creperie/bar where you can sit and drink while watching the world go by.  On Sunday mornings from Easter to October there is an interesting local market where traders sell organic produce and crafts - it’s not just for tourists, it's also popular with locals in Brittany . Not to be missed if you are coming on holiday in early August is ‘Le Son et Lumiere’ held at the L’Abbaye de Bon Repos. Visit their web site for more information.


Abbaye de Bon Repos


 

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Forges Des Salle

This hamlet is tucked away at the bottom of a wooded valley and was the site of the iron/steel industry in the 18th and 19th Century. Visit the former homes of the workers which are furnished according to their original style. At the top of the terraced pleasure gardens there is a splendid view over the valley and the various stretches of water within it.






 

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Pont Aven



Pont Aven lies in a very pleasant setting at the point where the River Aven, after flowing between rocks, opens out into a tidal Estuary. The Aven river used to drive numerous mills, but today only one mill remains in operation. Pont Aven is famous for a colony of painters among them Gaugain, and  many art galleries line the pretty streets.















 

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Concarneau


Concarneau offers a fascinating picture of a bustling fishing port and the charm of a walled town, enclosed within granite ramparts, but with the facilities of a popular resort. This was France's first fishing port. The picturesque narrow alleys of the walled town hustle and bustle during the summer months and create a charming atmosphere. Well worth the journey.






 

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Pontivy


Pontivy, which is 25 minutes away, is a large town with a beautiful chateau and old town quarter.  Formerly named Napoleonville after his design of the new town, it has a beautiful setting on the Nantes-Brest canal and has everything you could possibly need for a day’s excursion.  There are some lovely restaurants and very nice shops!







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The Coasts and Sea

The north Brittany coast close to St Brieuc, is about 45 minutes by car. Here there are not just lovely sandy beaches but also fascinating rock pools for the children to try their hand at crabbing! Or visit the west Brittany coast for surfing and the south Brittany coast for glorious sandy beaches, both within easy driving distance.

Coastal views of Brittany



Leisure Parks


Armoripark
Large amusement park at Begard with an indoor and outdoor pool with cascades, three water slides, trampolines, bowling, 130 metre toboggan run, water chutes, bumper boats, pedal karts and buggies, mini golf, summer sledge, toddlers playground. Restaurant and café.

Cobac Parc
set in 12 hectares of woodland between Rennes and Saint Malo offering some 30 activities including a carousel, mini golf, go karting, The Rapids( descend in inflatable boats),monkey bridges, trains, wildlife museum, swimming pool with chutes, quad track, bouncy castles.  Restaurant and café.

Les Aquatides - Leisure centre at Loudeac with 70 metre giant waterslide swirling river, play area for toddlers  with fountain, paddling pool and mini pool.

Les recre des 3 cures -  Leisure /amusement park 5 minutes from Brest  with carousel, giant slide, lake, dodgem boats, little train, wild ride, trampolines, cable car, bouncy castles, go-karting,  aquapistol, pirate ship, scenic railway, The volcano, The Tempest, mini farm and river splash and a 500 metre summer toboggan run. Restaurant and café.
Zoos and animal Parks

La Bourbansais Chateau
Zoo and park between Rennes and Saint  Malo. Visit the listed château which houses the furniture and treasures of Count of Lorgeril’s  ancestors. Large formal gardens, game areas, picnic and barbeque areas and large green floral areas to allow visitors to observe the numerous wild species wandering about: Ostriches, Zebras, Gibbons,  Macaws, Wolves, Deer,  Monkeys ,etc

Trégomeur Zoo - Founded twenty years ago this zoo in the Ic valley allows you to travel from island to island and observe the Monkeys, Lions,  Sumatran tigers, Wallabies, Kangaroos etc

Alligator Bay Reptilarium at Mont Saint Michel
See more than 300 tortoises living in the large landscaped gardens, some weighing more than 100 kg and more than a 100 years old. Crocodiles, Caimans and Alligators. Visit the large reptile house, with tunnels, ladders you can climb, pyramids and glass towers with boas, pythons, iguanas, monitor lizards and chameleons.

Oceanopolis
Large ocean Discovery Park near Brest. Visit the three thematic pavilions  Polar, Tropical and Temperate containing 10,000 animals representing 1000 species. Recreated habitat in the polar pavilion with 40 penguins. Real pack ice for the seals of the far North! Enjoy watching the seals play.

Other places of interest worth a visit:

Mont Saint Michel

Trieux steam train

Planetarium de Bretagne
'Cosmopolis' One of Europes largest digital planetariums 

Forte la Latte
At Frehel where the film' The Vikings 'was shot

Prehistoric park
20 hectares of wild woodland with 5 lakes, ancient wells, slate quarries dotted with scenes of dinosaurs and the evolution of man.

Poul Fetan
Living museum set in an old Breton village portraying life in the middle of the 19th Century near Quistinic in Morbihan

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