Brittany, in northwest France, juts out into the Atlantic Ocean like the proud prow of a ship. This location has created a rugged weather-worn landscape with a captivating charm. The coastline alternates between steep cliffs, sandy beaches, historic fishing villages and chic seaside resorts. A paradise for yachtsmen and water-sport enthusiasts.
But you don’t need sea legs to enjoy Brittany: The town of St-Malo, former haunt of pirates and full of ancient winding lanes, is well worth a visit. As is Rennes, the regional capital, with its Museum of Brittany and bustling Place Sainte-Anne.
And if it’s countryside you seek, just follow Brittany’s meandering roads through woodland, marshland and tiny picturesque hamlets, around small lakes, past fountains, Gothic and Roman churches and modest chapels. The Romans called Brittany “finis terrae” – the end of the world – but this wonderful ‘end of the world’ has inspired artists for centuries.