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Historic and spiritual paths in Brittany

Walks, heritage and spirituality: here are three notions that go well together in Brittany, a land of plenitude and religious wealth, with multiple emblematic routes heading to Santiago de Compostela and elsewhere. The ways of Saint James, Mont Saint-Michel or Tro Breizh are options for unwinding, recharging and walking. There are paths that change you. What if you found yours in Brittany?

The way of Saint James

5 starting points and 1,500 km of routes in Brittany

Signposted and using paths for green modes of transport, the paths in Brittany that head to Santiago de Compostela are punctuated with remarkable natural and religious heritage –  abbeys, chapels and Calvary crosses mark the journey… The Breton Association of the Friends of Santiago de Compostela has undertaken vast work to bring these pilgrimage paths to Galicia back to life and 1,500 km of paths now cross the region. You will have the choice of five starting points: Pointe Saint-Mathieu, Moguériec, Locquirec, Beauport abbey and Mont-Saint-Michel. These are provided as a guide; you can of course join the routes at other points.

The paths of Mont-Saint-Michel

On the tracks of another great pilgrimage

For centuries, pilgrims from a variety of origins have come in droves to Mont-Saint-Michel, weaving a network of routes known as the “Chemins montais”. These are the ancient paths that the association “Les Chemins de saint Michel” busies itself with discovering, restoring and giving back to the public. It is therefore a similar approach to that of the way of Saint James. These routes to Mont-Saint-Michel use some of the same tracks, but in the opposite direction. They use the Grande Randonnée® (GR®) and Grande Randonnée de Pays (GRP) paths, but have their own signposts, always with the same mythical reward: the silhouette of the abbey on the Mont…

The Tro Breiz

Brittany's version of Santiago de Compostela

This is a nearly 700 km journey revived by Les Chemins du Tro Breiz, which each year organises a “Summer walk”: one week for a roughly 150 km section. But you can also travel the permanent route all year round, at your will! An original way to connect the historic and religious towns in Brittany like the pilgrims in the Middle Ages who paid homage in 7 towns to the first Bishops of Brittany: Brieuc and Malo in the towns of the same names, Samson (Dol-de-Bretagne), Patern (Vannes), Corentin (Quimper), Pol Aurélien (Saint-Pol-de-Léon) and Tugdual (Tréguier). Get to know the most beautiful cathedrals in Brittany!

To learn more about the ancestral pilgrimage, get the guide: Le Guide du Tro Breiz, éditions Coop Breizh; available on the Coop Breizh website.

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