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.
Or here are some
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.
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.
de Bon Repos
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
La Bourbansais Chateau
Zoos and animal Parks
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
- 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.
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
Frehel where the film' The Vikings 'was shot
20 hectares of wild woodland with 5 lakes, ancient wells, slate quarries dotted with scenes of dinosaurs and
the evolution of man.
Living museum set in an old Breton village portraying life in the middle of the 19th Century
near Quistinic in Morbihan