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Combourg Castle in ​Great Brittany

Great ​Brittany - couples

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Brittany is a great place for couples. Whether it’s a mini break or a longer summer holiday, Brittany provides beautiful beaches, delicious food and picturesque towns to stroll through with your love. Whether you’re trying the regional aphrodisiac oysters or relaxing on a sandy beach, a trip to Brittany is one you’ll treasure.

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Islands in ​Great Brittany

Enhancing islands

Suscinio and the Rhuys Peninsula to the west of Brittany is the perfect place for a couple's retreat. Enjoy a guided boat tour around the Gulf of Morbihan from Port Navalo and take in the stunning ocean views, visit La Criée, the old fish market which is now an art gallery displaying the work of local artists, and enjoy a leisurely coastal walk, passing sheltered creeks along the way. In Saint-Armel you can visit a salt farm and a cider maker while the coast of Le Tour du Parc is dedicated to oyster farming. Why not sample some fresh oysters in one of the local restaurants while taking in the ocean vistas?

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Combourg Castle in ​Great Brittany

Charming villages

The Michelin starred restaurant in La Roche-Bernard is the ideal spot for date night followed by a romantic boat trip down the river. Browse the local market on Thursdays and stroll through the centre of town to watch a potter at work in their studio, blow some glass in Atelier Verre Tout Horizon and try some local honey at the Maison de l'Abeille.

The picturesque town of Combourg is famous for the inspiration of French Romantic poet, Châteaubriand. Follow in the poet's footsteps in this historic, leafy setting and enjoy the country atmosphere of Tranquille Lake, and the imposing castle which overlooks it.

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French cuisine

Culinary delights

The French are famous for their deliciously rich food and Brittany celebrates this in abundance. Sample the fresh seafood and Breton pastries in many local cafes and bakeries or have a go at some French cooking yourself in a range of classes available. Master the art of pancake making in a Crêpe Workshop in Saint-Malo or learn how to cook seafood with spices at the Corsary Kitchen School.

If French wine isn't your thing, why not try some local beer from one of the 100 microbreweries in the region? Cider is also popular, with over 600 varieties of apple in Brittany. You can discover how it's made and sample some in many cider breweries across the area. Dol-de-Bretagne, the Rennes and Vitré valleys, the length of the Rance valley, and the Vannes region are some of the best known for their ciders.

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Street with restaurants in Brittany

Captivating images

If you prefer an urban escape, there are plenty of cities in Brittany which offer beautiful architecture, cultural treasures and local delights.

The town of Vannes is a wonderful place to explore its medieval streets and harbour. Stop for lunch at street-side cafes and visit the open-air market on Tuesday and Saturday mornings. It hosts a jazz festival in August, a photography festival in May and Vannes Historical Festival in July.

The capital of Brittany, Rennes is also a delight to visit, with Thabor Gardens providing an ideal space for picnics. The streets surrounding Place Ste-Anne are lined with half-timbered houses with independent boutiques and restored Couvent des Jacobins (a former Dominican friary), is now home to the Convention Centre which hosts many cultural events.

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