A solo holiday in Brittany means total freedom – freedom to try out unusual sports, freedom to just follow your nose and see where it takes you, freedom to experience something truly rewarding and meets some really special people.
Cookery lessons – they’re friendly and fun
No doubt you already know how to cook – but how do you fancy becoming a real cordon-bleu? You’ll leave these cookery lessons knowing a lot more about how to make typical regional dishes and armed with tips and techniques from top Breton chefs. You and the other ‘apprentice chefs’ will enjoy sharing your culinary discoveries. And when you get home you’ll be able to amaze your friends with your new-found expertise next time you invite them to dinner.
To find out more: Brittany Experiences
Visit Nantes and Brest with a ‘greeter’
If you want to find a town’s hidden treasures, there’s no better way than having someone who really knows the place as your guide. A ‘greeter’ is someone who lives in the town and takes you on a guided tour of places that are off the beaten track: the working-class districts, unusual walks, the underground arts scene, fashionable designers... A really original way of seeing the town, plus tailor-made suggestions that will remind you, for a little while at least, of the true meaning of the word hospitality.
To find out more: www.greeters-nantes.com
Meet your favourite authors at book and comic fairs
Getting a book signed by its author is a really special moment, a chance to share your innermost feelings with the person whose work inspired them. Brittany hosts many book shows and festivals all year round, so why not come and make the most of this chance to meet your favourite authors, whether comic-book creators or more traditional novelists: the ‘Festival de BD’ comic festival in Perros-Guirec, ‘Etonnants voyageurs’ (‘Amazing Travellers’) and ‘Quai des Bulles’ (a comic-book and cartoon fair) in Saint Malo, the ‘Festival du livre insulaire’ island book fair on the isle of Ushant (Ouessant), the thriller and crime fiction festival in Lamballe, known as ‘Noir sur la ville’, etc....
To find out more: www.bdperros.com
Admire the coast from a sea-kayak
A great way of enjoying Brittany’s beautiful coastline is to take long walks along the beach. Another is to see it from a sea-kayak. Light, silent, easy to handle even for beginners, in this lightweight craft you can discover the Breton coastline at your own pace. Whether you opt for a short supervised try-out or a longer trek, you and the other kayakers can share the joys of slipping between the rocks and stopping off at deserted beaches, on little island nature reserves.
Recharge your batteries with some thalassotherapy
Relax and re-energise in one of Brittany’s many wellness centres, far from the stresses and strains of everyday life. Treat yourself to some “me” time and try out some of the many re-invigorating thalassotherapy treatments on offer: sea-weed baths, underwater showers, hydromassage etc., plus a relaxing massage in the spa. The result will be a calm and relaxed new you, ready to appreciate the beauty of Brittany even more than before!
To find out more: www.wellness-brittanytourism.com
Enter a silent world
Come and enjoy the deep sea depths off Brittany’s 2800 km coastline. There are some amazing diving spots from Douarnenez bay to the Côte de Granit Rose (Pink Granite Coast), not forgetting the Abers (tidal estuaries forming deep valleys) and the caves at Cap Fréhel. There might not be any coral reefs here, but there are some amazing shipwrecks to explore, surrounded by the rich undersea flora and fauna that’s found the length of the Côtes d’Armor coast.
To find out more: Go for it! Diving in Brittany
Cycle round the coast of Brittany
Nothing gives you greater freedom than a bike. It’s such an easy way to just follow your nose with everything you need for a stop-over on the rack behind you. Cycling along the coastal trail that runs the whole length of the Côtes d’Armor coast, or the 800km of ‘voies vertes’ (green ways), you can explore Brittany at your leisure, stopping whenever you feel like it for a drink in a little country bistrot or for a dip in a quiet, unspoilt creek...
To find out more: www.randobreizh.org
Immortalise the landscapes of Brittany
The dazzling yellow of the gorse, the deep pink of the heather, the smooth ochre of the sand and the shimmering blue of the sea...Brittany really does have it all for anyone who loves to paint. The "Couleurs de Bretagne" (Colours of Brittany) competition is a chance for every artist, from beginner to experienced, to share how the scenery makes them feel. The event turns villages and towns all over Brittany into open-air artist’s studios, where you are warmly invited to display your painting skills.
To find out more: www.couleursdebretagne.org
Go horse riding
Do you want to just ride wherever your fancy takes you, the wind in your hair, off to conquer the ‘Far West’? Then riding or pony-trekking on the bridle-paths of Brittany is just what the doctor ordered! You’ll love the amazing diversity of scenery and atmosphere to be found in these vast stretches of unspoilt nature: galloping along wide sandy beaches, trotting across the moors, or enjoying the magic of legendary forests at a walk.
To find out more: www.equibreizh.com
Take off and try hang-gliding!
If you’ve always dreamt of being able to fly, why not come to Brittany and try hang-gliding? All you need is an engine and wings to make your dream come true. After a few introductory sessions you’ll be able to take off and land gently down again. All it takes is a few seconds for you to be admiring Brittany’s beautiful scenery from the skies. But be careful – hang-gliding can be addictive!
To find out more: Go for it! Hang-gliding in Brittany