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Enchanted nights in Brittany

In Brittany, when the sun sets in the summer, a whole palette of nocturnal shows begins. Illuminated lighthouses, sound and light shows: it’s the opportunity to discover pieces of heritage in a new light.

In the blink of an eye

1. Closer to the stars in the Iroise Sea

Pointe Saint-Mathieu lighthouse, Plougonvelin 

Tonight, at Pointe Saint-Mathieu, it’s a night of illuminations. At the extreme west of Finistère, when the sun bows out, it’s time for a grand ballet of light: that of the lighthouses and beacons in the Iroise Sea. With 163 steps to climb, the show is worthy of the effort. At the top, 37 m above ground, what a view! You can see the Fresnel lens in action. Guess which lighthouses you can see, lighting up the ocean like candles: use the guide to help you. The immensity of the ocean unfolds before you, etched in your eyes and in your memory once back on dry land.

Where to sleep:

2. Magical night at Suscinio castle

Sarzeau, Rhuys peninsula 

The day is over. As blankets are unfolded, the early evening’s entertainment comes to an end… when suddenly, a voice rises in the night. At Domaine de Suscinio, one of the best sound and light shows in the region is starting. The colourful journey will take you through eight centuries of history, from the Rhuys peninsula to the whole of Brittany. Special effects, light shows, the finale: it will take a few hours for the 21st century to resurface. Gently!

Wheer to sleep:

Let’s go!

7 July to 25 August 2022, every Tuesday and Thursday at dusk.
Entertainment and a tour of the castle possible before the show starts, at no  extra cost.
Information: +33 (0)2 97 41 91 91 – contact@suscinio.fr
Ticket office on-site on the night of the show until 10pm.

3. Kergroadez by candlelight


At Domaine de Kergroadez, 20 km from Brest, a nocturnal event adds a new dimension to the site. Discover the rooms of one of the biggest Renaissance castles in Finistère and meet artists, storytellers and musicians. Stroll through the alleys where the shadows come to life by candlelight: this summer, for a few special nights, darkness enhances the visit.  The unique experience will transport you to another place, to a festive evening in a castle. Let the magic work!

Where to sleep:

Let’s go!

Nocturnal candlelit tour on Thursday 14, 21 and 28 July 2022 (10.30pm-Midnight), 11 and 18 August 2022 (10pm-Midnight).
Book on-line on the website, in the Events section.

4. Enquête ou Festin nights in Quintin

Quintin Castle

The murder parties are back in this little gem of Breton heritage, 15 minutes from Saint-Brieuc! Three nights a week, take part in a life-size investigation game. Open to everyone from the age of 10, it gives budding detectives the chance to discover an incredible setting while having fun. You can also get a taste for castle life with a candlelit dinner every Saturday. After the meal, you will visit the inside of the castle with the owner of the site. A special moment!

Where to sleep:

Let’s go!

Murder parties: from 13 July, every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in summer from 8.30pm to 10.30pm + Thursday from 5pm to 7pm. From 10 years. Book on-line, by e-mail or telephone

Candlelit dinner + tour (castle and exhibitions): every Saturday night in July and August + Saturday 22 October. From 7.15pm Book on-line, by e-mail: info@chateaudequintin.fr or telephone: +33 (0)6 11 55 71 08. 

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