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10 Unforgettable experiences
Dolphin-watching in the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel
Set sail from Cancale on a marine adventure in the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel and the Bay of Saint-Malo aboard « Tursiops II » with the association Al Lark and see the sea from a different aspect… You might be lucky enough to see some dolphins!
Al Lark and its enthusiastic guides offer sea trips which will allow you to enjoy amazing scenery, explore the marine environment and, in particular, its inhabitants. The most eagerly awaited are of course the dolphins, but it’s finally up to them whether they put in an appearance or not ! One thing is for sure, the sight of their fins on the surface of the sea is a moment of sheer magic!
Go back 1,000 years in time and relive the Middle Ages with a visit to Fougères!
A key town of the Brittany Marches along with Combourg and Vitré, Fougères and its castle are an architectural gem. When it was built on a huge rock surrounded by marshland, the castle and its ramparts were on the same level as the town, unlike today. The castle is a listed historic monument and its 2 hectare-site makes it the largest fortress in Europe! It has an amazingly rich history going back about 1,000 years and is a great reminder of the medieval era. The town itself is also well worth visiting with its cobbled streets and half-timbered houses.
A lively international event
Dance, sing and rock during the Trans Musicales de Rennes
The Trans Musicales Festival has been an annual event in Rennes for over 30 years when the chilly beginning of December is replaced by the warmth and friendliness of this rock and new music event, an iconic venue for numerous performers.
Discover the local music scene and the stars of tomorrow during the 5-day festival at venues in and around Rennes. The Trans Musicales has become an absolute must for emerging artists in search of recognition and has gained international renown over the past few years. In 2013 the festival welcomed 95 groups and artists of 18 different nationalities and 63,000 spectators ! So come on down to the 36th Trans Musicales de Rennes…
A gourmet cruise aboard a traditional sailing vessel
Take a delicious sailing trip aboard a lugger around the Bay of Cancale.
Welcome aboard the An Durzunel, a traditional sailing vessel, for a 3-hour trip to discover the diverse marine life, admire the rugged coastline and, above all, to taste local gourmet food. The An Durzunel will take you past beauty spots of the Bay of Cancale such as the Ile des Rimains, the Rocher Parlant, la Grève aux Filles and show you wildlife including egrets, cormorants, shelducks and lots more.
Food-wise, there are two options on offer. ‘La Balade Gourmande’ is a picnic featuring local specialties including oysters, fish, and Kouign Amann ! ‘La Balade Corsaire’ is an exceptional experience where you can taste 12 dishes prepared on board by a chef from Monsieur Roellinger’s Cookery School!
Once you have eaten your fill, you will be ready to become apprentice sailors as your discovery adventure continues…
The Bay of Mont Saint-Michel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also widely considered to be one of the loveliest bays in the world, so whatever you do, don’t miss it!
Explore the beautiful Bay of Mont Saint-Michel in the company of experienced nature guides. Nature walks, walks across the bay and hikes provide the opportunity to discover the flora and fauna of the area and also to understand its sinking sands, its history and its different scenery (salt marshes, polders, rocks, etc). It's amazingly rich biodiversity makes the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel an internationally renowned ecological site!
Come and discover the Bay and enjoy uninterrupted views of the Mont Saint-Michel itself and its famous abbey.
Off on a treasure hunt
Children or grown-ups, by yourself or with family and friends, discover the treasures of Upper Brittany thanks to geocaching!
The idea is simple! Choose one of the 70 geocaching trails presented by the Comité Départemental du Tourisme and go off on an adventure! Geocaching trails are everywhere, in the country, by the sea and in towns from Saint-Malo to Rennes, from Brocéliande to Redon, from Vitré to Fougères or from Cancale to Combourg ! There are different types of trail, with or without riddles to solve, with differing lengths of time, themes, and degrees of difficulty. Geocaching is free and accessible to everyone. All you have to do is swap your paper map for a Smartphone or a Sat Nav, put on your walking boots and above all sharpen up your sense of observation!
These ‘treasure hunt’ walks are a great way to discover or rediscover the heritage sites, natural sites, monuments, legends and landmarks of the region.
A gentle jaunt along the canal
Make the most of the gentle pace of life beside the Ille-et-Rance Canal and the river Vilaine.
Walk or cycle along the towpaths, take a barge or a boat along the water from lock to lock. Enjoy the waterways which cross the department from Redon to Saint-Malo and discover another side of Upper Brittany: admire the countryside, typical houses, and character villages and take the time to chat to fishermen, walkers, joggers and nature lovers you meet on the way.
There are several ways to experience the tranquil rhythm of riverside life. Have an evening drink or go to a concert aboard a show-barge in Rennes, take a guided afternoon cruise along the river Rance or for a longer experience, hire a self-drive boat (no permit required), with or without accommodation. A truly memorable experience.
Your Smartphone, a guide in your pocket
Take the mobile application « Brad in Haute Bretagne » with you wherever you go to discover the absolute ‘must see’ places in the département!
If you’d like to explore the places of interest in a town but you haven’t got time to take a guided tour, or you’ve got time to kill between appointments and are keen to know a bit about the place, we’ve got just the answer!
Download the free app « Brad in Haute Bretagne » on Google Play and the App Store and as you approach listed sites, you’ll get a message followed by anecdotes, stories, and photos ! There are 250 sites in total throughout the département, including parks, historic buildings, museums, etc. A clever gadget which enables you to visit places at your own pace and satisfy your curiosity at the same time!
A stay in a Hobbit’s house
Walk through the gate of an ‘Ecolodge’ and find yourself totally at one with nature.
Spend a night, a weekend or a week in the peaceful rural setting of La Belle Verte Ecolodge ! The wooden cabins in the form of Hobbit homes are comfortable, homely and eco-friendly for a truly ‘green’ holiday. These original dwellings were built using natural materials and have been furnished with recycled and reclaimed items to give a unique, welcoming decor. Energy-saving actions such as waste sorting and solar electricity production are also highlighted.
The owners offer other facilities and services connected with nature and wellness such as workshops, yoga, massages and a wood-fired hot tub.
You wouldn’t normally expect to find a village shop in a community of fewer than 800 inhabitants, let alone a bookshop ! But Bécherel is no ordinary village and there isn’t just one but a dozen bookshops and book dealers who have been joined by bookbinders, calligraphists, and illuminators.
Come to Bécherel and wander through the village streets in search of that rare or second-hand book to complete your collection. Soak up the relaxed, peaceful atmosphere of the village which is rather like being in a well-stocked library belonging to an old friend. Round off your visit at the Maison du Livre et du Tourisme and find out how Bécherel became the haunt of book lovers and a popular curiosity !