We have just returned from an amazing week in Côtes-d’Armor, Brittany, France.
We have been there numerous times as my parents have a house there. But what always amazes me is that every time we go we always find new places to explore.
Check out our best Brittany points of interest that are especially great for families.
As Freddie is now home educated I wanted this to be an educational trip. So we visited some amazing castles in Brittany.
The Best Castles in Brittany
Fort La Latte
This is an absolute must it is in Plévenon on the North East of Brittany.
This impressive castle was built in the 14th century and it is just stunning. There are drawbridges, dungeons and stunning views out to sea. You can also see Cap Frehel in the distance.
This place gets 4.5 stars on Trip Advisor out of 1,108 reviews but I would definitely give this 5 stars.
Cap Frehel, Brittany
This is only about 3 miles away from Fort La Latte and is definitely worth a visit. At the head of the Cap are two lighthouses. The taller one is 98 feet high and was built in 1950. Its light can reach up to 68 miles.
The smaller one, no longer in use, was constructed in 1685 by the renowned architect-engineer Simon Garangeau who worked for Vauban. The legendary military engineer of Louis XIV, who fortified many strategic points around the French coast.
We didn’t go round the lighthouse as it wasn’t open, however, the walk around it is beautiful. It was a stunning walk around and there were lots of rock statues which were just lovely to look at.
Cap Frehal also gets 4.5 stars on Trip Advisor out of 1,065 reviews but again I would definitely give this 5 stars.
Hunaudaye Castle is the perfect family day out for a medieval discovery trip. It is in Plédéliac, Côtes-d’Armor. The site offers a choice of ways to find out all about the castle, from booklets to children’s workshops and even night-time tours. It was built in the 13th century by Olivier Tournemine.
The castle was destroyed in 1341 during the Breton War of Succession and rebuilt in the 15th century with a few additional technical innovations. There is a drawbridge, 5 towers with their defence systems, the inner courtyard and living areas such as the cellars, kitchens, communal oven and staterooms. There are spiral staircases, and a glass floor, it really is spectacular.
Trip Advisor has given this 4.5 stars from 142 reviewers. I think this is about right, although we loved it and is definitely worth a visit we preferred Fort La Latte and Cap Frehel.
There are about 9 beaches around Saint Jacut De La Mer and they are definitely our favourite beaches in Brittany.
One of our favourite things though (which we do every time we go to Brittany) is checking out the tides. When it is low tide we always walk to the island. It is absolutely stunning
Lakes in Brittany
There is a lovely walk around the lake, which is beautiful. There are other activities such as fishing, canoeing and pedalos to hire.
The Best Towns in Brittany
Is, without doubt, our favourite town in Brittany, it is full of art galleries, craft shops and restaurants. It has 1.8 mile long ramparts, half-timbered houses and cobbled streets. There is a very steep hill in Dinan and to make the most of this amazing town you have to be fairly fit and active! Perfectly fine for children, but if you struggle walking I would give this street a miss.
But Dinan has loads to offer, there is the castle, you can play crazy golf and the church is definitely worth a visit.
If you are heading to other places in Northern France check out these top 7 places to visit in Northern France.
Gites in Brittany
- Emerald Coast Gites 5 stars on Tripadvisor and located in Henansal
- Brittany Gites 5 stars on Tripadvisor and located in Les Champs Geraux
- Gites de Lenvos 5 stars on Tripadvisor
- Gites Guebernez 5 stars on Tripadvisor
What are your favourite things to do in Brittany? Where do you recommend?