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The Brittany Report
By Globalista — Last Updated 02/02/2012
‘France is a foreign country: they do things differently there’ – it is hard not to tweak L P Hartley’s famous line from the Go-Between. It seems to sum up fierce, untamed Brittany. Once an independent kingdom, Bretons still seem to view France as a separate country and jealously defend their Celtic culture and traditions, even if their Breton language has all but disappeared. Steeped in history, Brittany provides those with an appetite for the past with no end of medieval cities and fortresses, prehistoric monuments and fascinating parish closes to visit. But most that come to Brittany will do so for the sea. Surrounded by 2,863 km of coastline, Brittany is the most popular summer region in France after the Côte D’Azur, and its charms are obvious. Sands that ramble on for miles, picturesque fishing ports, blustery walks along towering cliffs, pink granite coves, and magical flower drenched islands. Combine all this with some superb accommodation and some of the best restaurants in France, and you have a region that every discerning traveller should discover.