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Road trip in southern Brittany

Rennes ‑ Saint‑Nazaire in four days

In the space of four days, you can immerse yourself in a city or ocean, in a mythical forest or salt marsh, in small harbours and delightfully charming towns. How about it? Brittany is the start of a whole new world. A gateway to the Atlantic. Set off on a journey out of time from Rennes to Saint-Nazaire, with a little bonus of sunshine and white sand!

Rennes – Forêt de Brocéliande

Estimated travel time: 85 km – 1h20 by car

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   Starting from Rennes

35 minutes: that’s how long it will take you to get from Rennes to Brocéliande. Just over half an hour to get from an urban environment, the “gateway to Brittany”, through which all travellers arrive, to another gateway, this time more mysterious: that of the mythical forest of druids. Are you ready?

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Sleep in Paimpont

It’s time to take a break in the middle of Brocéliande forest. In this peaceful and charming village, the lake invites you to take a walk around its shores, where an abbey is reflected in its water. If you have time, enter The Gate of Secrets at the tourist office: a unique show will transport you far far away from the real world…

Where to sleep in Paimpont                                                           Where to sleep in Ploërmel

Forêt de Brocéliande – La Baule

Estimated travel time: 144 km – 2h20 by car

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   Starting from Paimpont

Today, head south to La Baule bay! You’ll drive alongside the Brière regional nature park, a Natura 2000 zone and paradise for birds, before arriving at the “peninsular”, the local name for Côte d’Amour.

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Sleep in La Baule

Enjoy a chic evening in La Baule. Before of after dinner, amble through the streets in the seaside resort and succumb to the charm of the town-centre villas, the Art Deco and Belle Epoque architecture, etc., or perhaps you’ll decide to walk the 9 km of white sandy beaches!

Where to sleep in La Baule

La Baule – Guérande

Estimated travel time: 68 km – 1h15 by car

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   Starting from La Baule

Hold on, you can’t just leave the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean like that!

Guérande – Saint-Nazaire

Estimated travel time: 41 km – 55 minutes by car

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   Starting from La Baule

For this first day, head to Côte d’Amour! Le Croisic, Le Pouliguen and La Turballe or Piriac-sur-Mer, further to the north, are a succession of charming little harbours. The Côte Sauvage is also a wonderful path for a seaside stroll. But before any of that, you must of course enjoy the medieval Guérande and its salt marshes!

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