A salient geographic feature of Brittany is the temperate forest in Paimpont village. Also known as Brocéliand forest, the 9,000-hectare swath of wooded land is associated with the Arthurian legend, and it is believed to be the location of the wizard Merlin’s tomb. The site includes Château de Trecésson that was built in the eight century and Château de Comper that was built in the 9th century.
Brittany, having been inhabited for several millenniums, is a rich source of archaeological finds, such as the Neolithic axes retrieved from Qualfénnec in the Côtes-d’Armor commune of Plussulien. It is also the site of the Cairn of Barnenez, a megalithic monument erected in the fifth century BC, and a number of other prehistoric structures.
Meanwhile, reminders of medieval Brittany abound throughout the region. These include Romanesque and French Gothic churches, castles, and houses. The towns of Concarneau, Dinan, Fougères, Guérande, Saint-Malo, Vannes, and several others still have walls of the buildings of yore intact. The list of buildings to behold includes Saint-Pol-de-Léon Cathedral, Notre-Dame du Kreisker chapel, Josselin Castle, and a number of châteaux built between the thirteenth and the fifteenth centuries. There are museums dedicated to facets of Brittany’s rich history.
Apart from the astounding architecture, Brittany offers an environment that inspires people to pursue their interests. It was here that the likes of painters Paul Gauguin and Marc Chagall defined their art. It is also here that locals and visitors can engage in water and land activities, including boating, surfing, hiking, and museum hopping. Unwinding is easy in the idyllic countryside or by the bay, and merrymaking is more fun over seafood galettes and cider.
Brittany has airports, the largest of which is Nantes Atlantique Airport that serves several international flights. It also has an established maritime system, and its railway accommodates TGV lines to Paris. Brittany has good motorways, and public and private vehicles all benefit from the well-maintained roads.
Visitors come to Brittany to soak up the scenery, unwind, and find inspiration, and many spend at least a week here to enjoy the region’s full splendor. Welcome2France provides accommodations in various parts of Brittany for short-term and long-term guests, and some of the property types are luxury apartments, gites, and villas.