Roscoff to St Malo France: A French road trip along the beautiful north coast of Brittany

Villa Les Hydrangeas

There’s a mellow vibe on the coast that runs from Roscoff to St Malo, in Brittany. The Cotentin Peninsula shelters this part of north-west France. Warm air brought in by sea currents means that exotic plants, like palm trees and eucalyptus, grow freely. Cormorants, puffins and gulls nest on protected islands, and colonies of dolphins and seals swim in the waves.

Over millenia, the sea has thrown up huge boulders of granite. This granite, coloured a warm shade of dusky pink, is seen glowing in the walls of houses, in coastal fortifications, and as fine sand on the pretty beaches.

a map showing a driving route from Roscoff to St Malo

Roscoff to St Malo: how to get around

Roscoff to St Malo is a spectacular part of France, and one that Brittany Tourism invited us to explore. We spent four days driving between the two ferry ports, stopping off at Perros-Guirec and calling in to Cancale before swinging back round to St Malo. So our route looked a little different from the one marked out on the map above, which is the fastest route by car. Public transport isn’t frequent along some parts of our route, so if you wanted to do this road trip in a short space of time, you’d either need to rent a car in France, or take your own car across from the UK on the ferry, like us.

Although we stayed overnight in more than one location, the area from Roscoff to St Malo is small enough to just park yourselves in one base, then make excursions to the different attractions. It’s an easy place to visit with kids. It’s well set-up for visitors, with strong transport links to the UK via the cross-channel ferry. As you’ll see in this feature, despite packing in as much as we could with a six- and eight-year old in tow, four days isn’t long to explore the area. I’ve flagged up some highlights we missed, that would tempt us into returning.

Plymouth to Roscoff with Brittany Ferries UK

The quickest route from the south coast of England to this part of Brittany is on the ferry to France, from Plymouth to Roscoff. We sailed with Brittany Ferries, who always seem to provide a reliably entertainment-filled crossing. The company run overnight crossings as well as the daytime sailing that we took.

a Brittany Ferries vessel, sailing from Plymouth to Roscoff at the start of a road trip from Roscoff to St Malo

Our six hours on board the car ferry whizzed by, via shows from children’s entertainer Mister Colomondo, including balloon animal-making, and a magic performance. If we’d wanted to, we could have watched The Incredibles 2 or Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in the ferry’s cinema. Instead, we opted to relax in our cabin, reading books or using the ship’s intermittent wi-fi to cach up on social media. The meals on board were reasonably priced, with a two-course adult’s meal, including a drink, for £10.50, a margharita pizza with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for £6.80, and a kids’ lunch, complete with a little bag of treats, for £5.65.

Brittany Ferries cabin

Our club cabin on board the Brittany Ferries Armorique included a TV, showing a selection of English and French-language channels.

I’ve written more extensively here about a similar Brittany Ferries crossing we took:

What to expect from a Brittany Ferries cross-channel ferry

Find out more about timetables and pricing on the Brittany Ferries website.

We’d like to return for: Roscoff Fish Market and the town’s Tropical Garden, which has over 3k plant species overlooking the bay.

Where to stay in Brittany: Yelloh! Village Les Mouettes, in Carantec

Yelloh! Village Les Mouettes

Our 4* 2-bed seaview cabin overlooked Baie de Morlaix.

Our first stop on the road trip from Roscoff to St Malo was with Yelloh! Village. The French campsite operator hosted us in their seaside holiday park Les Mouettes, in a cabin overlooking Morlaix Bay. Yelloh! Village France are so much more than a camping provider. Although our two-bedroom cabin was compact, the light, airy interior, with floor-to-ceiling windows opening out onto the terrace, made it feel larger. The sea view was a real treat.

Yelloh’s cabins are all self-catering, with home comforts. The kitchen included a dishwasher, large fridge-freezer and a microwave. Our beds were already made up when we arrived, and in the bathroom were some nice toiletries. The welcome pack was delectable. Salted caramels are a local delicacy, and the pack included not one, but two boxes of these melt-in-the mouth goodies. They sat next to jars of tapenade made with aubergine and summer vegetables, and a bar of marine blue soap. This all felt deliciously luxurious – and then we noticed the bottle of crisp Breton cider, which had been left in the fridge for us. A warm welcome indeed.

Yelloh! Village Les Mouettes

Our four-flower cabin at Les Mouettes overlooked Morlaix Bay. We were so close!

The morning after our late arrival at the holiday park we had the nicest time out on the terrace. We ate a breakfast of croissants bought from the well-stocked shop, smothered in Granny’s Scottish tayberry jam that we’d brought from home. We spent the rest of the  morning stocking up on groceries in Carantec, recovering from the journey in Les Mouette’s lazy river, zipping down the waterslides (one was a vertical drop – eek!) and, for me, relaxing in the poolside sauna.

Yelloh! Village Les Mouettes

The splash park at Les Mouettes

You can find out more about Yelloh! Village Les Mouettes on the Yelloh! Village website.

Read about our stay at another Yelloh! Village holiday park, this time in France’s Loire Valley, in this post on Parc du Val de Loire.

Morlaix Bay and the Château du Taureau

Chateau du Taureau Carantec Brittany

Château du Taureau was built in the Baie de Morlaix to warn off would-be marauders.

In the nineteenth century, Carantec, a fifteen-minute walk from our base at Les Mouettes, was the haunt of writers, artists and poets. Tintin creator Hergé stayed there. Scrolling back even further in time to the 17th century, Morlaix was a seat of great wealth, due to the locally produced flax. The inhabitants were keen to protect their wealth from English marauders. They commissioned Marshal Vaubon to build the Château du Taureau, an imposing granite fortification out in the Baie de Morlaix.

Like Fort Boyard on France’s west coast, Château du Taureau became a prison once the need to protect the coast lessened. Unlike Fort Boyard, though, visitors can now take one of the popular boat trips out from Carantec or Plougasnou, and alight to explore the fortress.

Chateau du Taureau Carantec Brittany France

Visitors can explore the former cells of prisoners in Château du Taureau.

We took the boat from Carantec beach. Our journey to the Château took around twenty minutes, past protected rocks where black cormorants bred, and a lighthouse-hotel that’s booked up until 2020. Visitors have around an hour and a half to explore the fortress before a clanging bell sounds, and it’s time to get back on the boat for the return crossing. Guided tours in French run daily throughout the spring-summer season, but for people whose French isn’t up to the job, signs in both languages help explain the history of the building.

Chateau du Taureau in Baie de Morlaix

We spotted lots of cormorants from the top of Château du Taureau. A rare treat!

The children enjoyed peering out across the splendid view, checking out which birds they could spot. And they loved the games set out in the former prison cells. The kids pounced on the giant sets of jenga, dominoes and chess – and we even had a father-daughter face-off.

Chateau du Taureau

On guard! Château du Taureau’s rooms included fun games, and dressing-up.

We’d like to return for: a meal in the Michelin-starred Patrick Jeffroy restaurant in L’Hôtel de Carantec, overlooking Plage de Kélenn. A visit to the nearby Cairn de Barnenez, the biggest megalithic mausoleum in Europe, older than Egypt’s pyramids.

You can read more about Château du Taureau on the Brittany Tourism website. The French-language Château du Taureau website, with information on crossing times and prices, is here.

Perros-Guirec, Ploumanac’h and the Pink Granite Coast

Granite can be a cold, harsh-looking stone, but on the shoreline by Perros-Guirec and Ploumanac’h, the rock is coloured a warm pink. This pink granite was formed millennia ago in the sea, and it seems to change colour in different lights. Sometimes the boulders and bricks appear a dusty rose, and other times they wink out with almost baby-pink candour.


Ploumanac’h. Picture courtesy of Pixabay

Perros-Guirec is a medium-sized town that lies east of Roscoff. The coastline here’s a smuggler’s playground, with lots of hidden coves and beaches. The pink granite has shaped itself into rocks as large as 20m high. Like clouds, the rocks take on meaning depending on who’s watching. Napoleon’s hat, the witch and the rabbit are among the most popular shapes described by people who’ve seen the boulders.

Off the shore, the Sept Îsles (Seven Isles) archipelago lurks like a school of hump-backed whales. Brittany’s oldest and largest bird sanctuary can be found there. Boats regularly take passengers out from Perros-Guirec to see puffins, gannets and guillemots. Some of the islands are completely out-of-bounds to human visitors, although Heart of Darkness writer Joseph Conrad did briefly stay on l’Île Grande, one of the larger islands.

Villa Les Hydrangeas

The Sept Îles, as seen from the window of Villa Les Hydrangéas in Perros-Guirec.

Perros Guirec itself is a charming, well-kept town with a range of excellent restaurants. Of the couple we ate at, Capizzone, an unassuming but top-notch Italian, was our favourite.

We’d like to return for: a walk along the Breton coast, between Perros-Guirec and the small port of Ploumanac’h. This is where you can see many of the best pink granite formations. A two-hour round trip of four miles, beginning at Trestraou Beach, is suitable for younger children. On our visit, we decided not to brave the rain, and instead looked out onto the beautiful shoreline from the windows of Villa Les Hydrangéas.

You can read more about the Pink Granite Coast on the Brittany Tourism website.

Where to stay in Brittany: Villa Les Hydrangéas, Perros Guirec

Villa Les Hydrangéas, in Perros Guirec Brittany France. A stop on a road trip from Roscoff to St Malo

Villa Les Hydrangéas was built using pink granite.

Our two nights at Villa les Hydrangéas left us in no doubt that it is one of the best family-friendly hotels in France. It’s been recognised as such. Despite only being open under its new ownership since 2016, Tripadvisor ranked it no. 14 in the ‘Traveller’s Choice’ listing for the whole of France.

Hotels in Perros-Guirec are plentiful, but Villa les Hydrangéas managed to achieve that rare thing: a stylish boutique hotel that’s family-focused. Our two enjoyed playing with the games, arts and crafts in the relaxed public spaces, while D and I leafed through the glossy coffee-table publications showing lavish images from the area. The bright, airy sitting rooms were perfect for lounging.

Villa Les Hydrangéas, Perros-Guirec, Brittany

The public sitting rooms at Villa Les Hydrangéas, suited adults and children.

We stayed in a spacious family suite with a private bathroom. Handwritten notes on the beds welcomed the children by name. They were very excited to find little gifts including plush puffins, and a Coq en Pâte bucket-and-spade set, made from Breton seaweed rather than plastic.

Villa Les Hydrangéas, Perros-Guirec, Brittany, France

Our family suite at Villa Les Hydrangéas was chic, spacious and comfortable. The children described it as ‘cosy and warm’.

The hotel dining room looked out onto the Sept Îles, and was all nautical chic, with soothing taupe and slate grey decor to complement the coastal setting. We tucked in to the gourmet breakfast “created with love” by our hosts Coralie and Eric, who cooked us eggs laid by local hens, on bread smothered in Breton salt butter. A gorgeous buffet of cakes, fruit, pastries, cheese and cured meats made us glad we’d slept well, and woken to raging appetites. My son’s favourite was the pistachio and raspberry cake. I adored my fresh fruit infused with verbena from the garden, sprinkled with a few Perigord walnuts. D enjoyed some pungent tomme cheese from the Savoie, and our daughter sipped creamy hot chocolate made with local organic milk. It really was the breakfast of kings.

Villa Les Hydrangéas, Perros-Guirec, Brittany, France

Coralie and Eric’s breakfast at Villa Les Hydrangéas was astonishingly good.

We’d like to return for: a massage in Villa Les Hydrangéas’ ‘Beauté Voyageuse’ treatment booth in the garden, overlooking the sea.

You can see prices and availability at Villa Les Hydrangéas on their website.

Read more about Villa Les Hydrangéas in my blog post.

Here’s a little video I took of our family suite, the sitting room and dining room.

La Roche Jagu

La Roche Jagu

La Roche Jagu’s gardens spread over 30 hectares

Around half an hour’s drive from Perros-Guirec was La Roche Jagu. This pink granite building was the last of ten fifteenth-century fortresses that once stood on the banks of the Trieux River. Like Château du Taureau, it was built to scare people off rather than as a base for doing battle. The Trieux River was an important shipping route, and the presence of these grand, towering buildings, high above the water, put off anyone wanting to try to invade Brittany for its riches.

Trieux River La Roche Jagu

The Trieux River was a strategically important route for Bretons.

We spent a good couple of hours, climbing up and down the fortress’s steep staircases, admiring the views from the top floor, and learning about the history of the spice trade in a sensory exhibition staged over three of La Roche Jagu’s floors. Exhibitions have run here since 1968, and they change each year. Past topics included knights, and art from a resident painter, who ran family workshops.

La Roche Jagu, Brittany , France

La Roche Jagu’s current exhibition was a sensory exploration of the spice trade.

We’d like to return for: La Roche Jagu’s famed gardens include a Medieval area, a silver rock pathway, and an oriental garden. A leisurely day could be lost here, just strolling in the 30-hectare grounds.

You can find out more about La Roche Jagu on the Brittany Tourism website. Their own French-language website, with details of visiting charges and the latest exhibition, is here.

Parc du Radome at Pleumeur Bodou

Le Village Gaulois at Parc du Radome

Gaulish boats on the lake at Parc du Radome

The French know how to put together a quirky theme park. Le Village Gaulois at Parc du Radome took people back in time, to the days when Roman invaders fought the Gauls, the Celtic people living in this part of France in the 1st century BC. All the rides and games were hand-powered. Think chuggy boats, and a coconut shy where instead of coconuts, you had to knock down Romans. And, in the lake, Gaulish boats with paddles, and water cannons to shoot ‘Romans’ walking along the shore.

La Villae Gaulois at Parc du Radome, Brittany, France

Firing down Romans in Le Village Gaulois.

Cheers and shouts rang out around the earthen floor of the park’s centre – not least when an occasional tug-of war session saw the losers soaked by water from a bucket suspended on top of a trebuchet. Despite the miltary overtones, it all felt very wholesome, and safe. Scouts staffed a lot of the rides. We felt no qualms about leaving our bags in a heap with these trustworthy-looking people while we took our turn on a Gaulish boat. And we ate THE most delicious galettes for lunch, cooked in front of us in the restaurant/cafe. Like crepes, galettes are served with delicious (usually savoury) fillings, but they’re made with buckwheat flour, with an earthy, more savoury flavour. If you’re in Brittany, they’re something you need to try.

galettes at Parc du Radome, Brittany

Delicious galettes were cooked in front of us at Parc du Radome

We’d like to return for: Telecoms City, and the Brittany Planetarium, two other attractions at Parc du Radome. The children enjoyed Le Village Gaulois so much we ended up staying there for hours. Telecoms City was an enormous, golf-ball like structure. The emphasis was on learning, with a large range of optical illusions to try out. And under the 360° dome of the Brittany Planetarium, visitors could see around the night sky.

Dolphin-spotting at Cancale with the Al Lark Association


The beach at Cancale, where we sailed out to see bottle-nosed dolphins

In heading to Cancale, we overshot our target of St Malo. But if we hadn’t travelled there to see the colony of bottle-nosed dolphins in Mont St Michel Bay, we’d have missed one of the most magical experiences of our road trip from Roscoff to St Malo.

The Al Lark Association is a group of conservationists, who look after the marine mammals in this stretch of sea. Their main role is counting and protecting the 300+ dolphins that live in the bay. But every day they run a trip out on rigid-hulled inflatable (RHIB) boats, so that visitors can observe dolphins swimming in the wild. It’s strictly an eco-friendly tour,  so there’s no swimming with the animals. Estelle asked us to keep our noise down, to avoid disturbing the creatures. Only 70% of people are lucky enough to catch sight of the dolphins on one of these trips, but our guide Estelle went out of her way to make sure we saw them.

dolphin-spotting with Al-Lark at Cancale

We waded out to meet Estelle in the boat.

At a tip-off from her colleague, Estelle told us to hold onto the sides of boat. We sped out to sea from the shore of Cancale, with the wind whipping through our hair. The kids’ faces beamed with delight, and there was a rumble of excitement around the other people in our boat.

dolphin-spotting with Al-Lark at Cancale

The speedy ride out to see the dolphins was thrilling.

After fifteen minutes we arrived, and the engine deadened. Estelle pointed out what we’d come to see: dolphins, as silhouettes in the distance, curving, arcing, and leaping into the air. There were around thirty or forty in total, in small groups of three, four, five or six. The sea would go quiet for a moment, and then we’d spot another group. Some looked as though they were leaping with joy. Others slapped their tails on the water, like rabbits thumping their hind legs in alarm. Estelle told us this was to warn off onlookers: a couple of sailing boats were veering quite close to the animals, to get a closer look. We kept our distance, and let the dolphins approach us voluntarily, which they did, a couple of times. One even swam right under our boat.

The trip took three hours, all of which were spent in the boat. Children over four are allowed to join, so long as their parents feel able to keep them under control and happy for that length of time on a small boat. It was thrilling stuff, and an experience our family will treasure.

Here’s a video which, although shaky, I hope captures a little of the magic of that afternoon.

You can read all about Al-lark and spotting bottle-nosed dolphins on the Brittany Tourism website, or on the Al-Lark website.

dolphin-spotting with Al-Lark at Cancale

Cancale’s pretty harbour was a good place to end our trip.

The final leg of our road trip from Roscoff to St Malo: St Malo to Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries

Brittany Ferries summer pantomime

The Brittany Ferries summer pantomime, Aladdin

Journeys home after a family trip can sometimes be a bit miserable. Not so on our return crossing, from St Malo to Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries. It was Panto time! The eight-hour long crossing included a staging of Aladdin, complete with a sassy dame and lashings of slapstick. The other entertainment was well thought-through, with an escape room challenge, a family quiz and even wine tasting for the adults. We arrived back in Portsmouth at teatime after having eaten well on board, spent some time chilling out in our cabin, taking the sea air on deck, and merrily whiling away the hours with the help of the onboard entertainment team. It was a relaxing, enjoyable end to our fantastic road trip from Roscoff to St Malo.

Brittany Ferries St Malo to Portsmouth

Our daughter loved the family quiz.

Find out more about pricing and timetables on the Brittany Ferries website.

Have you driven from Roscoff to St Malo? Did you stop at any of the same places as us?

Read more about Brittany in these posts:

Places to stay in Brittany, France: Villa Les Hydrangéas, in Perros Guirec on the Pink Granite Coast

Brittany Tourism and partners hosted our road trip from Roscoff to St Malo. This feature may contain affiliate or compensated links. All views are my own.

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  • California Globetrotter
    September 13, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Wow what an interesting part of Brittany I haven’t heard about yet! How cool that this castle turned into a prison! You don’t hear that every day! Pinned! #FarawayFiles

    • Nell
      September 19, 2018 at 8:17 pm

      I know – although being out at sea, it was well-situated to keep people incarcerated!

  • Clare (Suitcases and Sandcastles)
    September 13, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    You did so much in such a short amount of time, Nell! I really love the look of the pink granite coast and that hotel looks like the ideal base. And as for dolphin spotting. Wow! We’d love to explore more of Brittany. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

    • Nell
      September 19, 2018 at 8:18 pm

      It was a busy few days! I’m glad we managed to pack so much in.

  • Nichola - Globalmouse
    September 13, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    For some reason I have never explored Brittany but would love to, it looks beautiful. I can’t believe how much there is to do and the pink granite is so pretty!

    • Nell
      September 19, 2018 at 8:18 pm

      I think you’d really like it there, Nichola. It’s such a varied place – really interesting history, too. x

  • Megan - TMK
    September 13, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    I spent many childhood holidays in Brittany and we always used Brittany ferries and did these crossings! The ferry was half the fun of the holiday! You’ve also reminded me of galettes …. mmmmmmm #farawayfiles

    • Nell
      September 19, 2018 at 8:19 pm

      Glad to be of galette service! 🙂

  • Annabel
    September 13, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Wow you packed a lot in to that trip! I love the sound of the Village du Gaulois, I really want to take my boys there, it sounds just up their street. And since when did campsites start dishing out chocs and cider? Tempting indeed!

    • Nell
      September 19, 2018 at 8:20 pm

      Yes, Yelloh really did give their guests the special treatment!

  • Gretta - Mums do travel
    September 14, 2018 at 10:00 am

    This sounds like a great trip, and a fascinating area. And you saw dolphins!

    • Nell
      September 19, 2018 at 8:20 pm

      I know! So many of them, too.

  • Hilary
    September 14, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Looks like a lovely family adventure. Would love to visit this part of the world. I also really appreciate how you listed the items you’d return for as we all know one can’t fit it all in, but wish we could. Those galettes looked so good I think I need one! #farawayfiles

    • Nell
      September 19, 2018 at 8:21 pm

      Thanks. I wanted to make sure I mentioned it all, because there are so many highlights people ought to know about. We only scratched the surface!

  • Rosie
    September 14, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Wow – such a good idea to take two different ferries and do a road trip like this – I wouldn’t have thought of it. I went to St Malo as a kid and loved it, but haven’t been since then. I’d love to take my kids back there. We went from Weymouth when I was a child, not sure if you can still do that crossing? The dolphin spotting would be my highlight – oh and those galettes! x

    • Nell
      September 19, 2018 at 8:24 pm

      The galettes were pretty yummy! I think there’s still a ferry from Weymouth. So many ways to get to France 🙂

  • Christine
    September 15, 2018 at 7:43 am

    We did the walk at Ploumanac’h a couple of years ago. As we were finishing the French equivalent of the Red Arrows carried out a display over one of the nearby towns. As you can imagine it was a memorable walk! #farawayfiles

    • Nell
      September 19, 2018 at 8:24 pm

      Oh, you lucky thing! That sounds amazing.

  • Louise
    September 15, 2018 at 9:31 am

    This looks like a great trip. I didn’t realise that ferries put on entertainment.

    • Nell
      September 19, 2018 at 8:26 pm

      It didn’t use to be like that, did it? They’re brilliant nowadays.

  • beatravelling
    September 15, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Once I was considering St Malo, but ended up doing the Normandy coast instead. Looks like you had a great road trip! #farawayfiles

    • Nell
      September 19, 2018 at 8:29 pm

      Normandy’s goreous too, but there’s something special about the Brittany coastline. Like nothing else on earth!

  • Claire Hall
    September 16, 2018 at 11:07 am

    What a lot of inspiration for a trip to Brittany! Going dolphin spotting would be amazing. I really need to take advantage of living so close to the ferry at Plymouth and hop on for a trip next year! It’s closer than Scotland for us!!

    • Nell
      September 19, 2018 at 8:33 pm

      Yes, and probably a more relaxin journey, too. Just hop on the ferry and you’re there!

  • Tanja/The Red Phone Box travels
    September 17, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    I’d love to visit this part of France, looks lovely #mondayescapes

    • Nell
      September 19, 2018 at 8:34 pm

      It really was.

  • Kate
    September 17, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    What a fab, detailed post. France has never really appealed to me that much but it’s so close and much easier with the kids than longer-haul destinations. Will boookmark this for the future as I expect we’ll be seeing a lot more of France

    • Nell
      September 19, 2018 at 8:35 pm

      It’s so easy with kids. We try and get across at least a couple of times a year.

  • Anne
    September 17, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    It all looks so lovely and a good mix of things to do. I really don’t know this part of France at all and would love to get to visit sometime. #MondayEscapes

    • Nell
      September 19, 2018 at 8:48 pm

      It’s definitely worth a trip.

  • Catherine’s Cultural Wednesdays
    September 17, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    We love this part of Brittany, the Pink Granite Coast is spectacular. You’ve sent be back to our photo albums from many Breton holidays spent in Le Conquet ( further west) and St Michel en Greve #FarawayFiles

    • Nell
      September 19, 2018 at 8:53 pm

      I’d never visited this area. I think it’s less well known here in the UK than some parts of Brittany – and I’m so pleased Brittany Tourism helped us discover it.

  • Daisy - Dais Like These
    September 18, 2018 at 10:52 am

    You really packed so much in! I loved following along on social media during your trip.
    This is such a great resource for any families taking on a similar trip through Brittany, you’ve covered everything.
    Thanks so much for linking up to #MondayEscapes

    • Nell
      September 19, 2018 at 8:54 pm

      Thanks – we did do a lot, and I’m so glad we did!

  • Nancy | MapandFamily
    September 18, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    The pink granite is beautiful, the Village Gaulois looks lots of fun but I think my highlight would definitely be the dolphins! Lovely to have a car as well and to do a road trip.

    • Nell
      September 19, 2018 at 8:54 pm

      Yes, a car was a must for this sort of trip, given the timescales. A lot of it’s rural and although there’s public transport, it would have taken a lot longer if we hadn’t driven.

  • Angharad
    September 18, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    This sounds wonderful! I didn’t know you could go dolphin watching off the coast of France! Great to hear about the area – I’ve been to France loads but never explored here before. #MondayEscapes

    • Nell
      September 19, 2018 at 8:56 pm

      I have to admit, I didn’t know about the dolphin-watching, either. Such a special treat.

  • Zoe
    September 20, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    This is exactly my kind of family holiday! The ferry cabins look so snug…and Yelloh! looks like a fab place to stay. Loved reading your review #MondayEscapes

    • Nell
      September 20, 2018 at 8:34 pm

      Thanks. It was a wonderful trip, and one I’d recommend to any family.

  • Katy Stern
    September 24, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    What a wonderful trip Nell, you have covered everything. We fell on love with Brittany this year, it is just stunning, although I am slightly jealous that you got to see Dolphins. The Pink Granite Coast looks stunning too! #MondayEscapes

    • Nell
      October 4, 2018 at 10:14 am

      I think hte dolphins were a once-in-a-lifetime thing. We were so lucky!

  • Lisa
    April 5, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    I saw your linkup on #AllAboutFrance and had to come and read your post, as we’re going to Brittany for a couple of weeks in the Summer this year. You’ve given me some great ideas of things to do! Visiting the dolphins sounds particularly fantastic!

    • Nell
      April 7, 2019 at 3:42 pm

      It was incredible. Do let me know if you need any more tips for your trip – and have an amazing time 🙂

  • Diane
    April 6, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Looks like a fab trip! The ferry quarters looked quite comfy as well. I love Brittany, so your pics brought back fond memories. 😉 #allaboutfrance

  • FrenchVillage Jacqui
    April 6, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    I just love a road trip in France, we have done quite a few in our Mini Cooper, but these days our choice of vehicle has become the bikes. Travelling the road less travelled is always my idea of a perfect holiday. #AllAboutFrance

    • Nell
      April 7, 2019 at 3:44 pm

      I’m so excited for the day when our two become old enough to cycle long distances. Then we’re definitley going to head across to France for a velo trip!

  • Trish
    April 8, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    I’d go back to Brittany in a heartbeat as we have very happy memories of camping holidays there. I’d also go again just for your window view – just beautiful! #allaboutFrance

  • Phoebe | Lou Messugo
    April 11, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    The Granite Coast is just about the only pat of Brittany I don’t know, but it looks like yet another great part of France to explore. Fab to see dolphins, it’s so exciting seeing them in the wild isn’t it? Thanks for linking up to #AllAboutFrance

  • Rosie Hill (@EcoGitesLenault)
    April 26, 2019 at 7:15 am

    Brittany is our neighbour but very different to Normandy – I love both equally and feel a road trip coming on now! Merci for the inspiration#AllAboutFrance

    • Nell
      April 29, 2019 at 2:53 pm

      I do love both regions. Big favourites of ours!


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