Heritage

Lonely lighthouses

Brittany’s beautiful Atlantic coastline, with its rugged headlands and windswept islands, is a lighthouse-lover’s paradise. Due to the wild nature of these western shores, the Finistere and Morbihan departments account for a large proportion of France’s total 150 lighthouses. These evocative structures, built largely during the 19th century to keep shipping safe, serve as reminders […]

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Megaliths and Menhirs

Megaliths and Menhirs

Like modern-day tourists, prehistoric man was drawn to southern Brittany for reasons which remain shrouded in the mists of time. Carnac – capital of the megaliths The countryside around Carnac is rich in Neolithic remains, erected by early settlers who put roots down in the area 6-7,000 years ago. World famous for its avenues of […]

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Celebrating the oyster in Brittany

Towns and villages throughout France are renowned for their fetes, occasions when locals and tourists come together to celebrate whatever it is the area is famed for. From onions to oysters, Brittany can boast more than its fair share of these events, among them the Grande Fete de l’Huitre which takes place every August in […]

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Menton Lemon Festival

Menton is a charming Riviera resort lying between Monaco and the Italian border. Thanks to its microclimate the town is a major producer of lemons and comes to life in mid February for a month when the annual Lemon festival takes place. This year (2014) the Festival runs from February 15th to March 5th, filling […]

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Petanque – A very serious matter

To aim or top shoot, that is the question. Throughout France, the game of petanque is a serious business. It is the most popular game in the south of the country, born at the turn of the 20th century. The name petanque comes from the Oc (the ancient language of Southern France) where pe means […]

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