Itinerary : Normandy and Brittany coasts
Situated in the north-west of France, these two neighbouring regions share an attractive coastline with its rugged beauty, capes, ports, religious buildings, châteaux and historic towns. Although they are neighbours, Normandy and Brittany have different histories.
Step 1 : From Honfleur to Caen
The first day begins with a visit to the town of Honfleur, a seductive Norman port that has always attracted painters, whose contemporary works you will see on the Rue de la Ville.The municipal museum evokes Honfleur's artistic past, with works by Boudin, Dufy and Monet.The 15th-century church of Sainte Catherine is the largest surviving wooden religious building in France. After Honfleur, you can stop off in Deauville, the Saint-Tropez of Normandy! Next, head for Caen, where you can admire the two abbeys built from the city's stones, the Abbaye-aux-Hommes and the Abbaye-aux-Dames. Then head to Caen's Musée des Beaux-Arts, located in the heart of William the Conqueror's castle in a contemporary building. After your visit, take a moment to relax in the château grounds, where you can admire modern and contemporary sculptures such as Bourdelle's Grand Guerrier.
Step 2 : From Bayeux to Cherbourg-Octeville
The magnificent tapestry known as "Queen Matilda's Tapestry", for which the town is famous, is on display in Bayeux. At 70 metres long, the tapestry is a unique historical document. Then on to Notre-Dame Cathedral, which overlooks the city. In the afternoon, head to Cherbourg Octeville to visit the famous deep-sea fishing trawler (Monument Historique) known as the "Jacques Louise". In the old hold, the maritime world is presented to you.
Step 3 : From the Pointe d'Agon to the Mont-Saint-Michel.
On this 3rd day, discover the Pointe d'Agon lighthouse, which used to guide over 300 ships a year. Today, this charming site inspires many contemporary painters. Then it's on to Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site offering magnificent views from the island's abbey.
Step 4 : From Saint-Malo to Fort-La-Latte.
The first visit of the day starts with the discovery of the town of Saint-Malo. Immerse yourself in the heart of the narrow streets of the old citadel and admire the Saint-Vincent cathedral. The city's ramparts, restored by Vauban, house the Château de Saint-Malo. A walk along the ramparts along the ramparts offers a breathtaking view of the sea and the hinterland. At low tide, you can reach the tomb of Chateaubriand, which rises up facing the sea.
After visiting Saint-Malo, head to the tip of Fort-la-Latte to discover one of the most famous Breton castles, facing Cap Fréhel, in the department of Côtes d'Armor. The Château de Fort-la-Latte is classified as a historical monument.
Step 5 : From Paimpol to l'île de Bréhat.
Head to Paimpol to admire the Beauport Abbey, an exceptional estate that is part of the network of major sites in France. Then head to Bréhat, nicknamed «the island of flowers», accessible in 15 minutes from the tip of the Arcouest. A real paradise!
Step 6 : From Ploumanac'h to Crozon.
For this day, the visit begins with the discovery of the pink granite coast and Ploumanac'h, a natural site of exceptional beauty, famous for its pink granite rocks. Then go to the city of Morlaix. Discover the exciting history of the House in Pontalez, a jewel of unique architecture, witness to Morlaisian architecture. Then direction the parish enclosure of Guimiliau consisting of a church, a calvary and a funeral chapel. This enclosure is considered one of the most sumptuous in the region. Finally end the day by going to the peninsula of Crozon, then to the tip of the raz, at the extreme cape of Finistère. The site is grandiose.
Étape 7 : Day in Quimper
For this last day, you can visit the city of Quimper, the oldest city in Brittany. Discover Saint-Corentin Cathedral in the old town. The city is famous for its manufacture of earthenware.The Jules-Verlingue museum presents the different techniques of manufacture. Then go to Glénan from the port of Sainte Marine.
Published on 22/11/2023