Brittany and Normandy have an abundance of attractions that ensure tourists return year after year to this popular area. From wide sandy beaches to secluded rocky coves, from medieval towns to picturesque fishing ports, from grand chateaus to sleepy villages, from unspoilt forests to designer shops, West France has plenty to offer visitors from all walks of life.
"Le Mont St Michel" is the most popular tourist attraction in France, outside Paris. It is within easy reach of all our gites and can be visited on a day trip, possibly combining the nearby Snake and Alligator Park and the fishing port of Cancale (ideal for a seafood meal).
Brittany - Sables d'Or les Pins
Our property at Sables d'Or les Pins, offers the ideal base for a relaxing holiday. However, numerous activities can be found nearby, along with an endless list of day excursions. Sables d'Or les Pins is situated in the centre of "Les Caps d'Erquy et Frehel", which was the only site in Brittany to be awarded the classification "Grand site de France" for it's outstanding natural beauty.
The laid back, family resort of Sables d'Or les Pins has a good selection of bars and restaurants (most less than 500m away) , as well as a Casino which also has live music every weekend. There is a beach kid's club during the summer school holidays, as well as a sailing school, bouncy castles, bike hire, horse riding and a supermarket. An added attraction is an 18 hole golf course which is only 300m from the gite.
"L'Ilot de St Michel" is located 1 km from the mainland and at low tide, it is possible to reach L'Ilot de St Michel on foot. If walking from the gite, it is necessary to wade through the water at the estuary, between the beach and the small harbour or take the longer route and cross via the ford or the bridge.
L'Ilot de St Michel
L'Ilot de St Michel, viewed from the gite's front garden decking
Fort La Latte, on the Cap Frehel Peninsula, is accessible via on foot, on bike, or via car. We would recommend using a car (particuarly with children) when taking the coast route around the Cap Frehel to the lighthouse, as this is quite hilly......although for the more energetic, the views make the extra effort to walk or cycle all the more rewarding!
For serious walkers, the GR34 coast path runs for 245km from St Brieuc to Le Mont St Michel, with the following stages recommeded near to the gite:
Pleneuf Val Andre to Sables d'Or les Pins
Sables d'Or les Pins to Fort La Latte
Fort La Latte to Saint-Cast Le Guildo
Restaurants within walking distance include the following:
"La Potiniere" - offers a very reasonably priced set menu, as well as an a la carte menu. The "assiette de la mer" (shellfish starter) is well recommended. When the weather is good, the front decking area offers a pleasant outdoor dining experience.
"L'Avenue" is a large restaurant, with an extensive menu, including seafood, duck, steak and pizzas. This restaurant has a large, enclosed pavement terrace area.
"Champagne's" is a cosy restaurant, specialising in "ardoises", (meals served on slates).
There are also several other snack bars, creperies, pizzerias and restaurants in the town.
Brittany - Dinan
Our gite, "Les Fours a Chaux", offers two things that are very difficult to find in Dinan......namely a large, quiet secluded garden and ample off road parking. A short walk along the banks of the River Rance takes you into the Port of Dinan, which has around a dozen eateries, a few bars and several tourist shops. Bicycles, canoes, kayaks and motor boats can all be hired from here. The medieval town of Dinan is accessible from here, via the "Rue du Jerzual", pictured below:
There are many more bars, restaurants and shops in Dinan as well as the Ramparts and picturesque cobbled streets to explore.
The beaches of Dinard, St Lunaire and St Briac are all just a short drive away, as is the Old Town of St Malo. The towns of Cancale, Fougeres and Rennes are all easily accessible and worth a daytrip.
Pictured above is the Rance at Lehon, just a short walk or cycle ride along the canal path from the house.
Further ideas for Brittany can be found at www.brittanytourism.com
Normandy - Le Mesnil Adelee
We have two self-catering gites at Le Mesnil Adelee, in the heart of the "Lower Normandy" countryside. Le Mesnil Adelee is centrally located between the quaint market towns of Vire, Villedieu-Les-Poeles, Avranches, St Hilaire du Harcouet and Mortain.
The nearest beaches at Carolles and Jullouville are under an hours drive away, as is the famous "Le Mont St Michel". The Normandy Landing beaches and museums can be reached in approximately 1 1/2 hours, by car. Other ideas for daytrips include St Mere Eglise, Granville, Villedieu-Les-Poeles with it's bell foundry, copper and lace museums, Caen Castle (William The Conqueror), Fougeres Castle, The Bayeux Tapestry, St Malo Old Town, Dinan, Chamrepus Zoo, The Snake and Alligator Park, plus several Funfairs and Waterparks.
The area has numerous other activities to offer visitors, including fishing, golf, kayaking, horse riding, cycle routes and even bungee jumping!
There is a good selection of restaurants within a short drive from Le Mesnil Adelee, including:
"Le Moulin de Jean" - only a 5 minute drive from our gites, this restaurant offers fantastic meals in a stunning location. Highly recommended for a special evening out.
"Le Moulin de la See" - this restaurant has a good selection of set menus and is only a 10 minute drive away.
"Le P'tit Nicholas" - located in Brecey, less than 10 minutes drive away, this pizzeria offers both a restaurant and takeaway facilities.
There are numerous other bars and restaurants within a 25 minute drive from the gites.
Further information can be found at www.normandie-tourisme.fr