Brittany’s coastline attracts thousands of British tourists each year, and many even decide to set up home here, so enamoured are they with its stunning landscape. Firstly there are the beaches, which are wild, unspoiled and stretch for miles. Likewise the countryside stretches languidly, encompassing orchards, dairy farms and acres of forest.
Most importantly, Brittany’s proximity to the UK makes it a great option for young children who can’t tolerate long travel times. It is just as easily accessible by plane, ferry or even train (via Paris), so in less than two hours you could be munching moules frites with a view of the crashing Atlantic.
BabyBreaks has done the hard work for you and put together a selection of the best kids activities in Brittany.
A beach day has to top the list of kids activities in Brittany. Similar to Cornwall, with its wild, unspoiled beaches, Brittany’s Atlantic coast makes for some epic scenery. Moreover, there are plenty of opportunities for watersports like surfing and sailing. So whether you choose the northern “pink granite coast”, the wild western Crozon Peninsula or the sheltered southern beaches near Carnac, you’re sure to find a beach to suit your brood.
2. Alignements de Carnac
Archaeologists consider Carnac to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe, and the long, mysterious rows of standing stones (menhirs) are a symbolic representation of these centuries of history. They were erected in parallel lines long before the pyramids of Egypt – an amazing place for keen photographers and historians. Visitors can also marvel at the ancient burial mounds hidden in the nearby woods, as well as some stunning beaches where the kids can cool off afterwards.
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3. Island Hopping
Brittany has some beautiful offshore islands to explore, two of our favourites are below.
Belle-Île – The largest of the Breton islands, Belle-Île is easily reached by ferry from south coast towns like Quiberon. Here you’ll find luxury hotels, a magnificent coastline of unspoiled beaches and an imposing fortress guarding the main town La Palais.
Ile de Batz – This pretty little island is a quick 15 minute ferry ride from Roscoff and makes for a wonderful daytrip. Just two miles long and less than a mile across, it’s easy to explore the whole island in a day, especially if you hire a bike. There’s also a wonderful exotic garden to explore with over 5,000 species of plants from five continents.
4. Adrenaline Forest – Carnac, Rennes & St Malo
Test your nerves and get the kids outside, enjoying nature on one of Adrenaline Forest’s treetop obstacle courses. They have three sites: Carnac, Rennes and St Malo. So there’s sure to be one within easy reach of you. Children as young as two years old can enjoy treasure hunts, zip lines, netted bridges and high ropes. Therefore this is a great activity for the whole family.
5. Gulf of Morbihan
One of the most beautiful areas of Brittanny, the protected Gulf of Morbihan has hundreds of tiny islets to explore. The best way to see them is from the water. The whole area is a magnet for outdoor activities, from kayaking and sailing to swimming and canoeing. On the other hand, there are around 100 km of signposted footpaths and cycle tracks, if you prefer to stay on dry land.
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