When it comes glorious coastlines, tradition sailing ships and breathtaking open waters – our holidays in Brittany really are the perfect destination for any land lubber who wishes to explore the depths of Brittany’s underwater and on-land history.
From fantastic voyages to sailing trips and the views of Brittany’s canals, this cultural French region is the ideal escape for all, offering a range of history and heritage to be explored by both locals and visitors.
So, whether you’re an adventure lover or wish to discover the secrets at sea – here is our guide to exploring Brittany, by boat, canal or ship. Enjoy.
The Heart of the Tradition
Along the beautiful Breton coastline, you’ll forever see traditional sailing ships and boats lining the coastline, waiting to take you on a fantastic voyage. These trips are accessible to all, and offer a fantastic day out for the whole family! Whether you wish to try your hand at sailing for the first time, or wish to explore the waters and take a romantic trip out – Brittany’s got it covered!
The traditional boats are truly breathtaking sight on their own, and are particularly popular with local artists and photographers who enjoy sitting by the harbour side and painting and drawing the unique views available. However, if you’d prefer to explore the sea by one of these truly magnificent ships, here’s a few reasons to do so.
Discover The Treasures of Nature
A trip out on a small boat or tuna-fishing vessel in itself a journey back to the heart of tradition, inviting you to discover Brittany’s heritage and the region’s elements. These traditional boats are linked to various ports, quays and harbours of the Breton coast, highlighting a sailing ground which includes exceptional sites and beautiful bays that any nature-lover would enjoy.
For the best places to fish or where to find a bird watcher’s paradise – the wonderful crews aboard the ships be more than willing to share the secrets of many destinations to which they have sailed, including old sea tales and tips to enjoy their water adventure.
From Nantes to Arzal, Brittany boasts over 600km of canals to explore, travelling from lock to lock, and is surrounding by natural landscapes which offer a different mood throughout. From small towns boasting character to picturesque châteauxs, travel Brittany’s glorious by barge, kayak, on foot or on bike and enjoy the beauty of these protected areas.
Canals By Canoe
If you’re the adventurous type, there’s no better way than touring the Breton waters in a canoe. And for kayak enthusiasts, there are a number of well-known spots, such as Créharer in the Côtes d’Armor with its kayak toboggans, the white-water centre at Inzinzac-Lochrist, and Saint-Grégoire on the Ille-et-Rance canal. This really is the perfect way to spend a day or two exploring the beautiful waters of Brittany’s canals.
Dates For Your Diary
During the upcoming weekend of 14 – 16th August 2015, Brittany becomes home to the Festival du Chant de Marin (Sea Shanty Festival), a festival which sets sail through song, and offers a traditional look into the wonderful world of boats and music from the four corners of the world. Every two years, hundreds of traditional sailing ships call into Paimpol harbour, and becomes home to sailors all over the world during the festival period. If you’re a lover of traditional boating and wonderful heritage – this event is not to be missed!
Here at Jantom Holidays, we’re proud to offer the wonderful range of holidays in Brittany that we do, and are dedicated to providing the perfect escape for you and your loved ones. For more information, or to speak to one of our friendly and helpful team – please do not hesitate to contact us on 07977 458 126 today!