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A love song to Finistère, Brittany, France

Glénan

Our family fell in love with Finistère, in Brittany, France last summer. We spent three weeks in August travelling through the west of the country. Brittany was our first stop on a tour that also took in the Vendée and north Dordogne.

We’d return to any of these areas in a flash – but it was Finistère that left us dreaming about buying a little cottage by the sea, and spending lazy days on the sandy beaches, dabbling nets into rock pools and watching fishing boats chug their way into the harbour.

Glénan

We were lucky with the weather. Like all of northern France, Brittany’s climate isn’t that different to the south of England, and rain is always a possibility, even in the summer months. But the region caters for this. There are plenty of indoor attractions, like Océanopolis at Brest, where you can see seals, otters and sharks.

Oceanopolis

Finistère is at the westernmost tip of the country, jutting out into the Atlantic ocean, so it’s often hit by storms in the winter. The summer’s a different story, though. That’s when Finistère’s remoteness comes into its own, and you can visit hidden treasures, like the Glénan Archipelago, a set of islands ten miles off the coast, with periwinkle-blue sea to rival the Caribbean.

Glénan

Most of Brittany’s food is unmistakeably French, so if you’re a family that loves to guzzle croissants and frites (French fries), you’ll be in your element.

croissants

Brittany also has its own specialities: crèpes (pancakes), galettes (sweet biscuits made with butter, a bit like shortbread), delicately flavoured apple juice, and cider as complex as a fine wine.

Brittany

We stayed at Siblu’s Domaine de Kerlann holiday park, which catered well for families, with a waterpark, kids’ clubs, playgrounds and bike hire. As in all of France, there’s a wide range of accommodation, from apartments and gites (holiday homes) to campsites.Save

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4 Comments

  • Plutonium Sox
    March 10, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Oh gosh, I could quite happily buy a little cottage by the sea in Brittany as well. This looks like a beautiful area and lots to do for the children as well.
    Nat.x

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    • Nell
      March 22, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      Yes, it’s the sort of place where childhood holiday memories are made.

      Reply
  • ZanB
    April 11, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Ooh – this reminded me that I went here on my French exchange when I was about 12. We stayed in a little village called Portsall and dived from a surfboard while naked brown French children played on the beach. Gorgeous.

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    • Nell
      April 12, 2017 at 7:40 am

      Time to go back, Zan? It’s beautiful there.

      Reply

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