Brittany is a region of France that is located on the most western peninsula of France with its northern coast facing the English Channel. The region encompasses the departments of Ille-et-Vilaine, Morbihan, Côtes-d’Armor, and Finistère. The capital of the Brittany region is Rennes. The name of Brittany is derived from the ancient Bretons which were a celtic tribe that immigrated from England. The word "Brittany" originates from the Latin word "Britannia" which meant "Britons' land". And today many of the people in Brittany speak Breton, which was one of the ancient celtic languages related to Welsh and Cornish. The beautiful 1,700 miles of coastline in Brittany, brings many tourists to the region and supports a large fishing industry found in the local villages. The region has 3 natural parks which provide the opportunity to explore the marshes and canals in Brittany: Parc d’Armorique, Parc de Brière, and Parc Marin d’Iroise.

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GEOGRAPHY OF BRITTANY VACATIONS

Brittany France, also known as Little Britain and Bretagne in French, is a region located in the extreme northwest of France. Approximately four-fifths of this region consists of the historical expanse of Brittany, while the remaining area is the previous department of Loire-Atlantique, now part of the region of Pays de la Loire. Brittany, France borders the regions of Pays de la Loire and Basse-Normandie (Lower Normandy), the Celtic Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay. This region, which was conquered by Julius Caesar in 56 B.C., separates the English Channel from the Bay of Biscay. There are five total departments in Brittany: Loire-Atlantique, Côtes-d'Armor, Morbihan, Finistère and Ille-et-Vilaine.

The Villaine, Rance and Arguenon Rivers are all situated along Brittany’s picturesque green countryside. The region’s coastline, which stretches from the northern English Channel coast to the Atlantic Ocean, contains some of the most spectacular sites in the world including manors, medieval homes and chateaus. Tourists also love visiting Brittany because of its access to countless water sports, such as kayaking, canoeing, surfing, sailing and scuba diving. As well as featuring gorgeous scenery and enthralling activities for visitors, Brittany France has a culture that is vastly different than some of France’s other regions.

CULTURE OF BRITTANY FRANCE VACATIONS

A large amount of the local people practice Roman Catholicism and students attend private Catholic schools in Brittany more than in any other French region. A lot of the towns in Brittany, France begin with the prefix “ple” or “plu,” which denote a Christian community or the location of a church. The region’s cathedrals are also popular for sightseers who come to Brittany. Two of the most commonly visited cathedrals in the region are the Cathedral St-Corentin and the Cathédrale St-Vincent. The Cathedral St-Corentin’s construction began in 1239, but wasn’t completed until the 1850s. The Cathédrale St-Vincent was built between the twelfth and eighteenth centuries. There are many Brittany cottage rentals near these attractions.

Many people visit Brittany France year-round in order to experience this region’s beautiful countryside and coast area along with various water sports and one-of-a-kind culture.

Three different languages are spoken in Brittany: French, Breton and Gallo. Until around the beginning of the nineteenth century, many Brittany locals dressed in costumes that can be seen today during several festivals. Book a stay in Brittany France gites with Vacations-abroad.com and you too will be able to experience the Brittany France vacations against an exquisite backdrop, fun water sports and a culture that is unlike any other.

LANDMARKS OF VACATIONS IN BRITTANY FRANCE

* Roscoff Tropical Garden in Finistère
This is an amazing rock garden with over 3,400 different plants from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, New Zealand, and South Africa, New Zealand.

* Carnac - A site of 3,000 aligned megaliths stones that were used for either religious or cultural significance during 4000BC.

* Oceanopolis, one of the best aquariums in France

* Chateau of the Dukes of Brittany - a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture and hosts the Nantes History Museum.

* Musée des Beaux Arts - contains art works from famous artists such as Rubens, Boucher, Fragonard, Gauguin, Whistler and others. The museum is located in a Gothic cathedral with medieval stained glass windows and it also contains a porcelaine museum.

* Brittany southern coast is famous in the yachting world for the many long sandy beaches and inlets.