Waterways peppered with priceless nuggets
Along the blue ribbon of water which spreads over 360 kilometres, the 236 locks – and not one less – set the rhythm for the passing of light water crafts. Tamed by engineering genius, the waterway meanders in some of the most beautiful river valleys of Brittany from the Erdre to the Aulne through to the Vilaine, the Oust and the Blavet. It unravels along the Petites Cités de Caractère ® (small picturesque towns), brush against secular abbeys fronted by Bon-Repos as well as against medieval fortresses with Josselin as its crown jewel. The sportiest cyclists will cover the sinuous circuit in a week. Others will tackle this green paradise without haste, stopping according to their whims in the numerous hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfasts scattered along the way.