15 villages of the French brittany
An itinerary to travel from town to town discovering points detained in time, often with medieval fortifications or hamlets very well preserved in their appearance of several centuries ago, many of them included in any listing as the most beautiful in Brittany, or even four of the proposed villages included in the association of the most beautiful in the country.
Why visit Brittany through its villages?
The region to the northwest of France includes five departments in a historical territory, a huge peninsula that looks out over the Atlantic displaying one of the most beautiful collections of villages in France. In addition to important regional cities such as Nantes, Vannes, Quimper, Brest, Lorient or Saint-Brieuc, the region of Brittany preserves the legacy of its past through enchanting villages that represent a temporary journey due to its almost intact aspect frozen several centuries ago.
Built on a rocky promontory, Rochefort en Terre developed around a 12th century castle, and retains many of its urban relics in the form of beautifully restored houses. Recognized among the most beautiful villages in France, and like many other villages in Brittany, its few changes are due in particular to the decrease in the number of inhabitants
A hamlet of slate roofs that rises on the hill overlooking the river. The Rohan castle jutting out and offering views towards the surroundings. Josselin is one of the most picturesque views of Brittany about 80 kilometers from Rennes. Parishes, churches, convents and medieval chapels in one of the jewels of the department of Morbihan.
We are already in the western area of our route, in the department of Finisterre and close to the Atlantic coast. This small town is famous for being called “the city of painters”. Pont-Aven is crossed by the river Aven, and located in the place where its estuary begins.
Locronan has only about 800 inhabitants, a remarkable and well-preserved architectural heritage capable of being recognized as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Churches and granite houses, black roofs that look like a work of art, cobblestone streets, a good reason to continue walking in the department of Finisterre.
From the eleventh century, Le Faou remains active and reaches the 21st century with a particular architectural heritage, sufficient merit to be another of the Breton villages classified as les plus beaux villages de France.
A good example of charming Breton coastal town, Roscoff was an old corsair port, a small town with well-preserved character, as well as a strategic point in its ferry connections with England and Ireland. There are also ferries to the island of Batz. It will be impossible to leave Roscoff without tasting its famous artichokes.
Another peaceful village on a charming coast with all the Breton style and tranquility. Ploumanac’h is located in the department of Côtes-d’Armor.
It is the historic capital of the Trégor region, and is located where the estuary of the Tréguier river begins. A town that has an interesting historical center, as well as some points of interest that include its medieval Cathedral, the birthplace of the writer Ernest Renan, and the area of the port with all its activity.
Pontriux owes its name to the bridge over the Trieux estuary, a town that was once an important commercial center, and that today barely exceeds 1,000 inhabitants. Although its main economic asset is its commercial and sports port, at a tourist level it offers idyllic and colorful views so typical of Brittany.
Another of the most beautiful villas in France, also classified as “small town with character” with only 940 inhabitants. Moncontour has old churches, sixteenth-century houses, remains of watchtowers, fifteenth-century walls, gates and fortifications. The complete scenery for a peaceful journey through time in the department of Côtes-d’Armor.
Dinan is located in the department Cotes-d’Armor and is a fortified city, but above all, one more corner of France that in its historic center preserves buildings that nothing has changed since medieval times. Dinan is deployed on a hill, and in a part, next to the river Rance. It has numerous medieval buildings, such as a castle, the church (of San Malo), the Basilica, a Clock Tower of the fifteenth century, and also historic streets, some steep ending in towers, walls, bridges, and half-timbered facades.
It is known as the “cradle of romanticism” thanks to the writer Francois-René de Chateaubriand who spent part of his youth in the Château de Combourg. Located in Upper Brittany between Rennes and Saint-Malo, Combourg was long besieged by the Vikings until it became a protectorate from the second millennium. One of its main attractions is the castle that stands out above the farmhouse:
We included it in the route no less than for being one of the Breton villages classified with the seal of quality of Les plus beaux villages de France. It is located in the northeast of Brittany, department of Ille and Vilaine.
This city looks like an authentic medieval model in the department of Ille and Vilaine. What makes this French corner unique is its enormous castle with ten centuries of history: this fortified city, built mainly between the 12th and 15th centuries, displays one of the most imposing castles in the Gallic country, with more than two hectares walled (with three lines of walls) dominating the top of the city.
Vitré belongs to the cities of Art and History of Brittany, a classification that unites villages with features of great cultural and architectural value dedicated to preserve their wealth with care. Its historic center preserves the legacy of ancient feudal cities around a castle (which gave reason to be the town) in which once lived lords, monks, merchants and craftsmen. Located in the department of Ille-et-Vilaine, and is a city that has grown in the second half of the 20th century, but nevertheless has preserved its historical heritage with suspicion.