Brittany's capital is a super short break destination
Did you know you could fly direct to Rennes from London, Manchester, Southampton, Exeter, Dublin and Cork?
Discover a vibrant city at the forefront of contemporary art, music and food with a fascinating mix of eclectic architecture, historical grand squares and glorious gardens. Brittany’s capital city has plenty to entertain and amuse: great restaurants, excellent shopping and fascinating culture. A brilliant destination for foodies too, with its Saturday morning Marché des Lices, one of France’s finest farmers markets.
A capital capital
Brittany’s capital, Rennes is a fascinating mix of eclectic architecture, grand squares and glorious gardens. It’s easy to find yourself a budget city-centre base and then the city’s your oyster.
Crêpes with a twist
There are so many good restaurants in Rennes but given that the Breton national dish is the humble crêpe, why not see it in a different light in the Crêperie Saint-Georges? Here, all the pancakes are named after famous Georges – whether it’s Michael, Clooney or Brassens!
As a university town, it’s no surprise that Rennes’ artistic and cultural calendar is fantastic. Look out for Les Tombées de la Nuit, or ‘nightfall’, festival in July; a melting pot of creative expression with street performance, shows and recitals throughout the city. In winter, Les Transmusicales comes to town and tomorrow's big-name artists line up to test the waters in Rennes. It's THE music festival for those in the know...
Rennes’ Saturday morning market is a treat for the senses. As one of France’s biggest fresh produce market, the Place des Lices is alive with chatter and folk as local farmers and market gardeners come to see their produce. Heavenly.
To make it into a pampering weekend, book a treatment at Le Coq Gadby spa. Discreet, refined and a haven of tranquillity, a relaxing massage or toning wrap will ease away the stresses and strains of everyday life and leave you feeling renewed.
Food and culture
Rennes has all the ingredients for a short break – and a foodie one at that! Discover the « bistrologie » trend at Chez Paul or Au Tire Bouchon - a savvy blend of French Bistro culture and food, fresh local produces that comes direct from farmers markets and oenology. A city break in the Breton capital is a great way to see a different side to Brittany.
How to get there?
All year round, Flybe operates outbound flights on Friday evening from London Southend, with the opportunity to return on Sunday evening, making Rennes a perfect city destination to hop to for a weekend break! And there are even more options for taking a holiday to Brittany with seasonal flights from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds, London City, Manchester, Newcastle, and Southampton.