Brittany is the northwestern-most province of France, bordered on two sides by the Atlantic Ocean. In this ancient homeland of the Celts, vast forests meet dramatic, rugged coastlines; quaint French towns dot the coasts and castles pepper the forests.
Brittany is still a wild region of France, far removed from the civilized culture of Paris and other big cities. Exploring Brittany is an entirely different travelling experience, which puts you in touch with rural French culture — in particular, rural Bretonne culture, which can trace its roots back to the ancient Gauls.
One of Brittany’s principal attractions is the vast Forêt d’Amorique, immortalized in fiction by the Asterix and Obelix series (created by French cartoonists Goscinny & Uderzo). In Brittany, you’ll find many traces of ancient Gaulish culture; menhirs, cairns, and other ancient sites abound in the region. You’ll also find beautiful sites created by later generations of inhabitants, such as the magnificent castle of Josselin and walled cities like Concarneau and St. Malo.
During my recent trip to Brittany, I took some time to make a list of unique or interesting sites in the area, which I wanted to experience firsthand. This post goes over what I ultimately decided were the best places to visit in Brittany, as well as listing some of the other spots I considered (at the end). Please feel free to leave a comment below if you have any other suggestions!
1. Chateau Josselin
Located in the interior of Brittany, Chateau Josselin is an 11th century castle, which has been rebuilt numerous times over the years. Josselin’s history is intimately tied to the history of protestantism in France and it was famously torn down by Cardinal Richelieu in the 19th century.