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Brittany

 
 
The beautiful Bretagne (Brittany) region has a wonderful combination of white sandy beaches and delightful rocky coves to explore.
 
Bretagne has a striking coastline that is woven by the Atlantic waves. The beaches and coastlines make it a perfect area for those interested in surfing and deep sea diving. Some of the most prominent costal resorts in Bretagne include: Cóte d'Emeraude (the Emerald Coast), which is the area near Dinard to the north east, La Cóte de Granit Rose to the north of the Cotes d'Armor, Western Bretagne and Finistere, the Crozon Peninsula, and the Gulf of Morbihan.
 
 
 
 Brittany has many faces, it is a land of raw but stunning Atlantic coastline with steep cliffs, and old picturesque fishing ports in quiet coves that have become resorts. The sea bathing center of Brittany is on the south coast of the half-islandQuiberon.

There are a dozen or more accessible islands off the Brittany coast and most of these can be reached for a day-trip from the nearest ports. In Finistere, there are boats to Ouessant and the Ile de Sein from Brest or Audierne. Trips to the tiny Iles Glénan are avaialble at Concarneau. On the north coast, the Ile de Batz can be reached by boat from Roscoff. In the Morbihan, there are ferries from Quiberon to Belle Ile en Mer, the largest of the Breton islands, and ferries to the little Ile de Groix from Lorient. In Côtes d'Armor, bird-watchers will not want to miss a trip to the Sept-Iles, just off the coast from Perros-Guirec, an important nature reserve for sea birds.

Even during summer the weather is not always reliable, but there are plenty of things to do and see in Brittany if you do not want to go to the beach. Saint Malo is the most visited town in Brittany, the city is located in a fortified area on a peninsula at the mouth of the river Rance, and became famous as the home of adventurers and pirates. The houses are built in the local gray granite and the city has a historic center with a number of interesting places to visit. France's "Land's End", La Pointe du Raz, is the most westerly point of the French mainland. The area of the Pointe du Raz is served by a network of managed footpaths, allowing visitors to admire this exceptional natural site, and the Atlantic waves crashing onto the rocks below. Right on the border between Brittany and Normandy is the Mont Saint Michel, the most visited tourist site in France after Paris, and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mount stands on an outcrop of granite bursting through in the middle of a very flat bay, and has been a sanctuary since the year 709.
 
 

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