10 autumn destinations
When September comes to an end, nature puts on its autumnal colours. Gathering mushrooms and chestnuts are among this season's pleasures, but best of all is the chance to discover some of Brittanyâ€™s unmissable sites.
Indian Summer in the Gulf of Morbihan
When the flaming colours of autumn are combined with a gentle, sunny climate then it's the ideal time to enjoy the magnificent Gulf of Morbihan. This "little sea" ("mor-bihan" in the Breton language) is one of the worldâ€™s most beautiful bays, with 42 islands, each with its own magical landscape. The peaceful, serene season of autumn is the perfect time to discover this walkers' and sailors' paradise.
To find out more: The Gulf of Morbihan
Apples, apples everywhere...
Autumn is the season for harvesting apples. From September to December itâ€™s also the time to get involved in making Brittanyâ€™s famous "cidre bouchĂ©". The apple, the queen of the orchard, can be used in an endless variety of recipes in Breton cuisine. Raw or cooked, apples go with almost everything, whether in a compote, a flambĂ© pancake, cut into quarters in a caramelised "kouign-amann", with the GuĂ©menĂ© sausage, and in many more recipes to make your mouth water. Bon appĂ©tit!
To find out more: www.lescidresbretons.com and Gourmet pleasures
Ride the wind!
Fancy getting some fresh air, pulling on a halyard but not getting your feet wet this season? Why not opt for sand-yachting? Youâ€™ll get the same sensation of skimming along as you would on the open sea, but without leaving the safety of the shore! Aboard a three-wheeled hull youâ€™ll shoot like lightning across vast sandy beaches, with not another soul in sight, in the heart of one of Brittanyâ€™s most beautiful bays.
To find out more: Go for it
The amazing spectacle of the migratory birds at Ouessant
Brittany is a real birds' paradise thanks to its landscape of cliffs and inlets. In autumn, bird migration can be watched from a front-row seat on the Isle of Ouessant, recognised by ornithologists as the best site in France for autumn bird-watching. The number of birds arriving from Siberia and other exotic species that stop off here in autumn is really exceptional. So keep your binoculars handy!
To find out more: Centre for study of the Ouessant environment www.ouessant.org
Other bird-watching expeditions www.bretagne-vivante.org
Walks along the banks of the Rance
Your walk along the well-tended banks of the canal will a take you as far as Dinard, allowing you to discover LĂ©hon and Dinan along the way. Between former railway tracks and towpaths, the banks of the Rance offer an enjoyable and safe walking route along the "voie verte" or greenway nÂ° 2. A pastoral route, punctuated by charming villages and "citĂ©s d'art" - towns famous for their arts and crafts.
To find out more: Dinan
Take advantage of the micro-climate of the Isle of BrĂ©hat
BrĂ©hat is just ten minutes by boat from the Pointe de l'Arcouest and it's micro-climate makes it very attractive to out-of-season visitors. Cars are not allowed on this island, so it's heaven for walkers and cyclists. You'll feel you're in another country altogether as you stroll through its Mediterranean-type vegetation or the back streets of its villages.
To find out more: Ile de BrĂ©hat
Magical autumn colours in BrocĂ©liande
When the first glimmers of autumn appear, a walk through the BrocĂ©liande forest is a must. Stroll through the heart of the forest, between moorland and lakes, and collect mushrooms or chestnuts for a moment of real relaxation. Travel along one of the famous "Colours of autumn" or "Tales for gourmetsâ€ť routes and discover the gorgeously coloured world of fairies, dragons and goblins.
To find out more: Dam Enora
The lighthouse route
From Brest to the Les Abers area, 23 lonely giants stand up to the elements along the legendary "lighthouse route" in FinistĂ¨re. The Saint Mathieu Lighthouse, surrounded by the ruins of its abbey, the CrĂ©ac'h, with its black and white stripes, the Stiff, the Four... You'll be carried away by the beauty of these structures with their names from myth and legend and their spectacular, wind-battered locations.
To find out more: Pointe Saint-Mathieu
Get some fresh air on the golf course
The gentle autumn weather provides a great opportunity to pick up your clubs and work on your swing. You'll be bowled over by the charms of the 38 courses, each located in the heart of the countryside and with a unique atmosphere. Beside the sea, deep in the forest, close to pretty little townsâ€¦ whatever takes your fancy. And after a good lungful of fresh air on the green, there's a warm welcome and a drink waiting for you in the club-house.
To find out more: Golf in Brittany