There's far more to Brittany than delicious crêpes and homemade cider. The hilly peninsula that stretches towards the Atlantic Ocean is filled with a dramatic coastline, medieval towns, and lush forests. Once you go beyond world-famous sights such as stunning St-Malo, you will be charmed by the wild, varied landscapes including prehistoric menhirs and even an unusual blush-hued beach. Discover what Brittany has to offer the Brittany Travel Guide and Offline Map.
With one of the world's greatest tidal ranges here you'll witness waves lash the top of the ramparts of the city. But don't let that discourage you from visiting, just mere hours after a storm the blue sky becomes one with the cobalt sea and as the tides recede they expose broad sandy beaches the surround granite outcrop islands. The beautiful walled city's fortifications began in the 12th century and during the 17th and 18th century it soon became a base for merchants and pirates alike.
Beyond its enticing beaches and stunning town center, Carnac holds a collection of magnificent megalith sites making it a must-see while in Brittany. Predating the Stonehenge by a century, the town is also home to a sheer number of ancient sites found in its vicinity. The collection contains more than 3,000 upright stones erected between 5000 and 3500 B.C. making it the world's greatest concentration of megalith sites.
3. Château de Josselin
Upon your first glimpse of the château, you will be greeted by its three round towers. It is an incredible sight and remains the home of the Rohan family today. The castle flamboyant Gothic facade is accentuated by the central courtyard's tree-filled grounds and a great view of the river below. Although you will need a guide to enter the castle, here you will see a medieval-style dining room, a 3000-tome library, and a grand salon filled with Sèvres porcelain, Gobelins carpets, and an astronomical clock.
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