10 places to see in Rennes and Brittany
Hi everyone, bonjour!
Welcome again for our Tour de France serie, where every Tuesday, I take you to a new city in France. After Strasbourg or Caen, today we make a stop in Rennes, the capital of the gorgeous Brittany. Filled with myths and mystery such as the legend of King Arthur, this is a region like no other. Brittany has its own language, tradition, music, customs, food and much more!
1) Centre Historique:
The beautiful city of Rennes, also known as Roazhon (Brittany) can boast an over 2000 years old lifetime. Back then, stood the former Gallic village of Condate. With Vannes and Nantes, the three cities represent the epicenter of the former Duchy of Brittany.
2) Cathédrale Saint-Pierre:
The cathedral stand fiercely since the 12th century and was then built following the Gothic trend. When the tower and façade collapsed in 1490, they were then rebuilt as neoclassical, thus the mix of influence of the building. The cathedral remains a central piece in the History of Rennes, and is quite famous for its impressive organ.
3) Greeters Program:
If you're still lost and afraid to miss out on the greatest things to see in Rennes, you can always apply to the Greeters Program and have a guide show you all the best things around town, more info there.
4) Jardins du Palais Saint-Georges:
The gardens of the Abbey of Saint-Georges are open for visitors all year through. Give it a look and stroll along the flowery alleys before visit the 400 years old monastery.
5) Parc du Thabor:
Not far from the Gardens of Saint-Georges, you can find the Thabor park. These gardens are also open to the public. They have a great collection of various plants, essence and a famous botanical garden.
6) Cuisine locale:
Brittany is widely known for its rich gastronomy. My advice? Try some savory crepes, with local dry sausages, some apple cider and pastry. My favorite? The salted butter caramel, the tastiest specialty!
7) Jardins Rocambole (15km south of Rennes):
Probably a lot of gardens in this selection for the nature lovers! These gardens are located 15km south of Rennes. About 6 square kilometers wide, Luc and Christine are still expended their unique gardens. You can boo a private tour or gardening lessons with them.
8) La côte de granit rose:
Along the North coast of Brittany, lay the beautiful Côte de Granit Rose. Yes, the rocs are all pink! Look how it beautifully contrasts with the sapphire waters! Visit the coast in summer for a great and invigorating swim!
9) La pointe du raz:
La pointe du raz is a stretch of land at the tip of Brittany. There, the ocean rages and the spectacle is impressive. Wind and salt blend in for an unforgettable sight. Photographers beware that a great shot doesn't cost you your camera!
10) Saint-Malo, Quimper, Brest, Nantes, Vannes and more.
If you have the time, why not take the road and explore Brittany's most beautiful cities? Abbeys to visit, beaches to swim, tan, or why not pick up oysters on the rocs, there is plenty to see and enjoy!