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Everything about Brittany is distinctive, from its geography and its granite looks to its traditions and its language. The region stands apart from the rest of France, its long peninsula reaching out 300 kilometres into the Atlantic, however, Brittany isn’t isolated, but open to the world. While it celebrates its traditions, it’s also forward-looking and fun-loving.

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  • Longue plage de sable en Bretagne

    Administrative areas

    While the sea clearly defines Brittany to the north, west and south, the region’s precise dimensions have waxed and waned through time and the eastern boundary has often shifted. The Vilaine Valley acted as a kind of frontier, though defensive Breton border towns went up further east. In medieval times, the Loire-side city of Nantes was capital of the dukes of Brittany, but today Rennes assumes the role of capital.

  • Le trimaran "Groupama 3", construit par la société vannetaise Multiplast (56)

    Facts & figures

    Perhaps most importantly for visitors, Brittany boasts a staggering 1,700 miles of coastline and is one of France’s very top destinations for tourism and seaside holidays. You might say that providing good times is one of the region’s most successful industries ! The traditional pursuits of fishing and farming are still going strong, as well as Brittany’s emerging technological sector.

  • Belle-Ile-en-Mer, Fort de Sarah Bernhardt

    Weather

    Brittany’s climate is clement. In summer, it rarely gets too hot and snow is virtually unheard of. Wind, though, is a regular feature. When the sun shines, sea, slate and granite sparkle brilliantly. Unsurprisingly, given its Atlantic location, Brittany gets a lot of weather; you can sometimes experience four seasons in one day here, so come prepared and plan ahead.

  • Festival des Transmusicales de Rennes

    Symbols

    Brittany’s strong cultural identity has left a legacy of iconic symbols that crop up time and again throughout the region. Perhaps it’s the instantly recognisable black and white flag, a woman wearing a towering traditional headdress or one of the many stoic lighthouses that line the coast ; a mere glimpse of each one is enough to say Brittany. What is the story behind each symbol ?

  • Apprentissage du breton

    Languages

    Breton is a Celtic language closely related to Welsh and Cornish. From the Revolution, which imposed a single French language, the number of Breton speakers slowly dwindled. In the 19th century, the Third Republic, while instituting schooling for all, insisted on French as the sole language. Now, just a small number of Bretons stick tenaciously to their native tongue.

  • La Fête de la Bretagne à Buenos Aires, Argentine.

    Being Breton

    With the immense growth in tourism in post-war Brittany, the clichéd perception of the typical Breton has transformed from a picture of a harsh, stubborn reticence to one of smiling openness. Up until the 20th century, the poverty of the majority of Bretons, together with the language barrier, with many western Bretons not speaking French, caused them to be seen as outlandish.

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