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Brittany Travel Tips

Brittany Vacation Rentals Are Ideal to Explore the Atlantic Coast of France

Brittany is a unique area along the west coast of France, with spectacular beaches and inland forests. Its Atlantic coastline is lined with rugged cliffs, quiet coves and charming fishing villages. Brittany includes the regions of Côtes D’Armor, Ille et Vilaine, Finistère and Morbihan. Each has its own character, and most towns have their own distinctive festivals throughout the summer.

With its warm temperate climate, stunning scenery, historic towns, chateaux and cathedrals, Brittany accommodations are popular with tourists throughout the year. There is a great selection of accommodations available, from small bed and breakfasts to large hotels or vacation rentals. Brittany vacation rentals come in a variety of options, from a cozy apartment for two to large farmhouses or even your own chateau! These are popular options with visitors looking to make themselves at home on vacation and gives vacationers opportunities to experience local life and culture. Most properties provide luxury extras that are often not found in hotels.

Choose from Brittany accommodations in Four Great Regions

To the north is Côtes D’Armor, with high rocky cliffs and quaint medieval towns filled with narrow cobbled streets of typical French shops and restaurants. The regions surrounding Brittany villas include a wonderful selection of places of interest. One of the major attractions here is the Breton town of Dinan. The town, on the river Rance, is famed for its impressive castle, enclosed in a three-kilometer stretch of ramparts overlooking the town. Near Guincamp, visitors will enjoy a visit to the Warenghem Breton whiskey distillery. The town itself is quite lovely, with its historic area set around the Place du Centre. Among the sites are La Plomée Fountain and the 13th-century basilica of Notre Dame de Bon Secours. The town has a wide selection of bars and restaurants.

Ille et Vilaine is the east coast region, from Le Mont St. Michel to St. Briac; it borders the Normandy region. One of France’s greatest attractions is found in this area. It is the ancient walled town of Saint Malo. This major port is a wonderful town to explore, with excellent restaurants, sidewalk cafés and great shopping.

Finistère is the maritime area to the west. One of the main features of this area is the Oceanopolis in the town of Brest. This large marine theme park makes for a perfect trip for nature lovers. Many visitors combine a visit here with an outing to Ouessant Island to view the variety of wildlife including grey seal colonies, dolphins and many species of seabirds.

The southern region of Brittany is Morbihan; with its ancient standing stones and prehistoric sites, it is an incredible area to explore. In the town of Vannes, visitors will enjoy wandering the quiet old streets lined with half timbered houses, ramparts and cathedrals. The nearby town of Auray is a pretty little town with narrow lanes, a charming renaissance church and features a typically French Square in the center.

Things to Know When Visiting Brittany

Visitors to Brittany vacation rentals from outside of Europe should be aware that the currency here is the Euro which is accepted across continental Europe. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in stores and can be used to access withdraw money directly from Automated Teller Machines (or cash points).

Banking hours in France are different to many countries and visitors should be aware of the French tradition of long lunches, during which all banks and many stores close. However, they stay open later in the day.

Tips for Dining Around Brittany Villas

Dining out in Brittany, as with the rest of France, is a treat. The French are famous for their wonderful cuisine. However, a few tips for the first-time visitor are:

* If something is not right, make the restaurant aware and it will be promptly rectified.

* All restaurants are legally obliged to offer a set menu. These are excellent value for money.

* Meal times are very rigid with lunch service being between mid-day and 2 p.m. Dinner service is usually from 7:30 p.m.

* Small towns and those off the tourist track may not serve dinner after 9 p.m.

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