Fougères, with its characteristic castle founded in 1020, still has its original charm. Take a little stroll through the old town, with its lively café and restaurant terraces. The half-timbered houses are a reminder of the town’s wealthy past. Step back in time to the grandeur of Fougères! A visual and audio presentation accompanies the tour of the castle, telling its history from the year 1000 to 1500. It’s almost as if you were there…
A wonderful fortress!
Standing on a spur of shale, Fougères castle, a vast defensive complex built between the 12th and 15th centuries, won’t fail to impress you. Flanked with 13 towers over an area of two hectares, its fortifications, which were once surrounded with water, have been completely restored and are definitely worth a visit. Take the parapet walk for a lovely view of the ramparts and the town’s gardens.
Fougères also has many green spaces, such as the public park which overlooks the medieval district around Saint-Sulpice church, or the two-hectare Val Nançon, accessed from the castle via Ruelle des Vaux. If you like themed gardens, go and spend a few hours in the Parc Floral du Châtellier. In spring, camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons brighten the garden.
Le Rocher Portail, a family castle
Around 20 km away, heading to Mont-Saint-Michel, Rocher Portail is one of the most beautiful castles in Brittany. This remarkable example of 17th-century architecture, on the shores of a pond and wonderfully conserved, proposes an appealing initiation into the everyday life of a noble residence. There are 12 fully furnished rooms, from ceremonial rooms to the butler’s office, listed gardens, exhibitions, entertainment for children, etc., promising a memorable visit!