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2006

Practical Guide to

BRITTANY

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CONTENTS
4 How to get there 6 How to get around Brittany 8 Getting to know Brittany 20 A selection of events
and festivals in 2006

28 Tourist offices in Brittany 29 Does Brittany sound


attractive ? Tour operators selection

30 Successful holidaying
in Brittany

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How to get there

DISTANCES
Great Britain London-Paris: 402km London-Rennes: 753km Eire Dublin-Paris: 887km Dublin-Rennes: 1239km

Traffic Information Bison Fut provides a 24/7 traffic information service for motorists, enabling them to plan their route according to traffic forecasts and find out about traffic and conditions on the main roads throughout France (traffic jams, holiday traffic, accidents, etc.). Bison fut recorded message service: 0826 022 022 (e0.15/min) or visit www.bison-fute.equipement.gouv.fr

BY RAIL
Rennes and Paris are linked by the Atlantic TGV service which takes 2 hours (daily departures almost every hour between 7am and 1am) from Paris Montparnasse to Rennes. The journey from Paris to Brest and Quimper takes 4 hours. If you are travelling from Great Britain, you can take the Eurostar which runs daily services from London to Paris via Folkestone and Calais. The cross-channel journey itself takes as little as 35 minutes platform to platform. Bookings: www.eurotunnel.com or 08705 35 35 35. To travel to Brittany avoiding Paris, TGV services operate directly between Lille and Rennes (3 hr 50 min) and Lyon and Rennes (4 hr 30 min). A highspeed TGV Paris to St. Malo service was launched at the end of 2005, enabling passengers to reach St. Malo directly in under 3 hours. There are two return trains daily (three in summer). Information and main line ticket sales: 08 92 35 35 35 (e0.34/min) www.voyage-sncf.com Regional train and coach services connect with all major rail networks and stop at all Brittany's main tourist resorts. TER regional train and coach information: 08 92 35 35 35 (e0.34/min) or ask for the TER regional guide in any train station in Brittany www.ter-sncf.com/bretagne/

BY CAR
A network of toll-free expressways Only 3 hours drive away from Paris, Brittany has the advantage of a good motorway network which is entirely toll-free. From Rennes, a network of toll-free expressways links all Breton towns. The A84 "Estuaries" motorway takes you straight to Rennes and Brittany's north coast via Normandy, and has the advantage of avoiding Paris.

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Tourism and

peoplewith disabilities

BY BOAT
BRITTANY FERRIES: Sailings between Portsmouth and St. Malo, Plymouth and Roscoff, Cork and Roscoff, Poole/Portsmouth and Cherbourg, and Portsmouth and Caen. Bookings: www.brittanyferries.com or 08703 665 333 CONDOR FERRIES: Sailings from Weymouth/ Poole, the Channel Islands (Jersey/Guernsey) to St. Malo/Cherbourg. Bookings: www.condorferries.com or 0845 345 2000 IRISH FERRIES Sailings between Cork and Roscoff, and Rosslare and Roscoff. Information in Ireland: +353 818 300 400 or www.irishferries.com

The Tourisme & Handicap label guarantees detailed, reliable and objective information on facilities in various tourist attractions (sites, sports centres, etc.) for visitors with hearing, mental, physical or visual disabilities. Awarded to tourismindustry professionals who meet the various requirements, the label is easy to recognise as it displays the four disabilities concerned. Since 2005, tourism-industry professionals have worked to meet the requirements of this label to offer adapted services for tourists. In addition, the French Society for the Paralysed (APF) is working alongside tourism-industry professionals to draw up a list of the Breton tourist attractions with facilities for people with reduced mobility. For more information visit www.brittanytourism.com The French railway "SNCF Accessibilit Service" also provides special disabilityrelated information (in particular on the different facilities available in Brittany's 300 or so train stations) to help you plan your trip. You can therefore take advantage of the various services offered in the different stations. For more information contact the nearest train station, call 0800 15 47 53 (free phone from France) or consult the 'Guide du voyageur mobilit rduite' page (in French on the www.voyages-sncf.com website.

Brest/Rennes/Lorient, Nice and Brest/Rennes, Rennes and Strasbourg/Montpellier/Toulouse and Brest and Marseilles. RYANAIR Direct flights between London (Luton and Stansted) and Dinard, and between Dublin and Paris. Information and bookings in the UK: 0906 270 5656 - Ireland: 1530 787 787 or on the website: www.ryanair.com FLYBE Flights between Brest and Belfast/ Birmingham/Edinburgh/Exeter/Southampton and between Rennes and Dublin/Southampton. Information and bookings: 0871 700 0535 (UK) 1890 925 532 (Southern Ireland) or on the website: www.flybe.com AER ARANN Flights between Cork/Galway/Waterford and Lorient. Information and bookings: Tel: 08 18 210 210 (Ireland) 0800 587 23 24 (UK) or on the website: www.aerarann.ie AURIGNY AIR SERVICES Direct flights from London/ Bristol / Manchester / Southampton via Guernsey and Jersey to Dinard. Bookings: 0871 871 0717 www.aurigny.com

BY AIR
There are several daily flights from Paris to Brest, Lannion, Lorient, Quimper and Rennes. AIR FRANCE WITH BRITAIR Direct flights between Paris Lannion/Lorient/Quimper/Rennes, and Brest/ Lyons and

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Heading for the

Islands
The lives of people living on the Channel and Atlantic Ocean islands are attuned to the rhythm of the sea. Each island has its own unique landscape and unspoilt natural heritage. Each has its own character, and no two islands are the same. What they do have in common though, is a fragile natural environment. Battered by the wind and sea, the magnificent coastlines of these islands inevitably suffer from the influx of summer visitors year after year. Try to visit them outside the summer months when you can explore them unhindered and appreciate their beauty to the full.

BY BOAT
There are regular sailings throughout the year between Brittany and its numerous islands. Arz (15 minutes) from Conleau, near Vannes Tel.: 33 (0)2 97 50 83 83 Brhat (10 minutes) from Arcouest near Ploubazlanec Tel.: 33 (0)2 96 55 79 50 Batz (15 minutes) from Roscoff Tel.: 33 (0)2 98 61 77 75 or 33 (0)2 98 61 78 87 Ouessant (40 minutes to 2 hours) from Conquet: 33 (0)2 98 89 02 12 from Brest: 33 (0)2 98 80 80 80 from Camaret: 33 (0)2 98 27 88 22 on Wednesdays throughout the year and daily in season, except Sundays Molne (30 minutes to 1.5 hours) from Conquet: 33 (0)2 98 89 02 12, from Brest: 33 (0)2 98 80 80 80, from Camaret: 33(0)2 98 27 88 22 in season only on Fridays Sein (1 hour) from Audierne: 33 (0)2 98 70 70 70 from Camaret: 33(0)2 98 27 88 22 in season only on Sundays Belle-Ile (45 minutes) From Lorient in season and from Quiberon all year round 33 (0)2 97 35 02 00 or www.smn-navigation.fr Groix (45 minutes) from Lorient: 33 (0)2 97 35 02 00 or www.smn-navigation.fr Iles de Glnan (1 hour 10 minutes) from Quimper, Concarneau, Port La Fort and Loctudy in season Bnodet from April to September, Fouesnant Beg-Meil from March to September: Tel.: 33 (0)2 98 57 00 58 or 33 (0)2 98 50 72 12 Houat (30 minutes to 1 hour) from Quiberon 33 (0)2 97 35 02 00 Hodic (1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 25 minutes) from Quiberon 33 (0)2 97 35 02 00 Ile-aux-Moines (5 minutes) from Port Blanc 33 (0)2 97 26 31 45

Distances (in km) between Brittany's main towns


Rennes Rennes St-Brieuc Brest Quimper Lorient Vannes Paris 101 240 201 149 110 352 144 119 106 100 454 69 129 180 598 64 115 570 53 509 468 St-Brieuc Brest Quimper Lorient Vannes

BY AIR
Information and bookings: FinistAir Tel.: 33 (0)2 98 84 64 87 for flights to Ouessant (Brest/Ouessant all year round)

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on foot

or by bike
THE CUSTOMS TRAIL
Whether you are travelling on foot or by bike, the region abounds in paths and trails for discovering its treasures far from noisy roads. You can almost go all the way round the region on the 'customs trails', which stretch over 1,300km! The path begins in the port of Saint-Nazaire, in the dpartement of LoireAtlantique, and ends at the foot of Mont-Saint-Michel, in the dpartement of Manche. Once used by customs officers to track down smugglers making their way across the Channel, these coastal paths now provide hikers with outstanding views of the beautiful and diverse Breton coastline.

NATURE TRAILS
The Nature Trail network (approx. 840km of purpose-built paths) takes nature lovers right into the heart of Argoat and rural Brittany. These paths follow old railway lines, towpaths and wooded lanes and, most often tarmacked, are perfect for easy cycling, pony trekking, walking and rollerblading. Eventually, close to 2,000km of trails will be built to enable everyone to explore the countryside at their own pace.

WEATHER
"It always rains in Brittany....". According to national meteorological data, it rains less in Rennes than in Toulouse, less in Carnac than in Nice and less in Brest than Biarritz. Common misconceptions and prejudices have portrayed Brittany as a rainy region but its maritime climate is actually mild and bracing. Bordered by the Channel and the Atlantic Ocean, the Armorican peninsula enjoys mild weather and micro-climatic conditions. Owing to its strong tides - which also influence the weather - Brittany's iodine-rich sea air is unique and has an instant feel-good factor. Should the weather be unsettled and the sky changeable, just remember that no other landscape is so stunningly colourful! Mto France weather forecasts for the whole of France: recorded message service on 32 50 from France (e0.34/min) or www.meteo.fr

The www.brittanytourism.com website features a page for those of you wishing to travel around Brittany without a car. It provides ideas for visiting the region by train or coach. Some taxi companies also offer trips lasting several hours or a whole day. Alternatively, if you are looking to hire a car, you can consult the list of the main hire companies in Brittany. For more information, visit www.brittanytourism.com and go to Travel Services/How to get around Brittany.

CYCLE LANES
Feel free to use the many cycle lanes when exploring Brittany's towns. In Rennes, there is even a bike loan service that enables you to explore the town for up to 7 hours (proof of identity and a deposit required). These well thought out cycle lanes are ideal for discovering Brittany's rich urban heritage. For more information visit www.brittanytourism.com

PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Visitors can travel around Brittany using the vast network of regional trains and coaches linking up the towns. The railway links up the main tourist towns in the region (St. Malo and Lorient, Saint-Brieuc and Brest, etc.) and inland towns are not forgotten either. Visitors can travel from Guingamp and Saint-Brieuc to Carhaix and Loudac respectively, thanks to the regional train service. Pontivy can be reached by coach from Rennes, Vannes and Loudac. Thanks to very reasonable, comfortable and friendly public transport, you can travel to all corners of Brittany! For more information, call 08 92 35 35 35 (e0.34/min), visit www.tersncf.com/bretagne/ or ask for the Regional public transport guide in any of Brittany's stations.

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Getting to know Brittany

A few
landmarks

Heritage

Outstanding natural heritage

A BRIEF HISTORY In the 5th century, Bretons from the Island of Britain Great Britain to us emigrated to Armorica, which subsequently became Brittany. In 845, Nomino defeated Charles the Bald and in 939 he founded the independent Duchy of Brittany following the defeat of the Normans. In the period 1341-1365, Jean de Montfort became Jean IV, Duke of Normandy, taking advantage of the War of Succession of Brittany. The reign of Jean IV, from 1399 to 1442, marked the height of Breton civilisation. Franois II and his daughter Anne were defeated by the Valois house several times over. They became allies with England and Maximilien of Austria between 1487 and 1490. Duchess Anne married Charles VIII in 1491, then the French King, Louis XII, in 1499. 1532 saw the annexation of Brittany with France. 1675 witnessed the anti-tax or "Papier Timbr" revolt. An Intendant was appointed to Brittany in 1688. From 1760 to 1770, the conflict between the Duke of Aiguillon and the magistrate La Chalotais marked the Parliament's opposition to the Monarchy. The period from 1793 to 1795 witnessed the "Chouannerie", or counter-revolution. Finally, in the 20th century, Brittany developed a sense of regional identity which is still very much alive today. GEOGRAPHICAL ECONOMY SITUATION AND

On the customs trail Brittany boasts 1,300 kilometres of coastal footpaths running along capes, headlands, dunes and beaches. These footpaths are suitable for any walker and follow the entire length of the coastline, offering superb views. Although today used by ramblers and walkers, they were once used for coastal surveillance to combat smuggling and wreck-looting, hence the term "Customs trails". But times have changed and they are now the preserve of naturelovers and keen hikers. Nature reigns supreme in Brittany and the region's spectacular landscapes are a delight for walkers. This natural heritage, where wide-open spaces suddenly give way to enchanting little places, tells a multitude of fascinating and beautiful tales.

CANALS
The English Channel-Atlantic Ocean link This link runs north-south, comprises the maritime Rance, the Illeet-Rance canal, the canalised section of the river Vilaine and the maritime Vilaine, and runs through Dinan, Rennes, Redon and La Roche-Bernard to the dam at Arzal. The English Channel-Ocean link covers 245km and features 64 locks. Nantes to Brest canal Almost entirely natural, this canal runs from the historic centre of Brittany's ducal city to the heart of the largest Breton port, guiding visitors across mysterious inland Brittany. Whether you are travelling on foot, by bike or small boat, this 360km-long 19th-century waterway will take you past the most beautiful Breton valleys, from the Erdre to the Aulne via the Vilaine, the Oust and the Blavet. It crosses numerous granite villages and flows past ancient abbeys and mediaeval strongholds. Get a taste of what life was like for the boatmen and their brave animals as you travel along the canal and negotiate its 236 locks! This is more than just your average holiday - the canal invites visitors on a journey back to the Brittany of yesteryear. Blavet canal This canal meets the Nantes to Brest canal at Guerldan, between Pontivy and Hennebont. Guerldan lake, a vast stretch of water, covers 12km and is ideal for many watersports. Beaches and banks lining the lake lead to the Nantes to Brest canal.

Brittany is a region in the West of France, made up of the dpartements of Ctes dArmor, Finistre, Ille-et-Vilaine and Morbihan, with Rennes as its capital city. It is renowned for its mild, rainy climate which is due to the Atlantic ocean, and enjoys pleasant temperatures all year round. Brittany is France's most western region, and covers a major part of the Armorican massif. The coastline is characterised by specific types of agriculture, such as early fruit and vegetables or "primeurs" in the Lon area, and fishing and canning between Douarnenez and Lorient. Tourism is of key importance to Brittany's economy. All its cities (except Rennes) have direct links with the sea. This is mainly a livestock region (pigs, poultry and cattle) but cereal farming is also important as are the agri-food, electrical and automotive industries. New information technologies also play a key role in the region's economy. And, as far as infrastructure goes, in the past thirty years the region's expressway network has undergone substantial development.

Ille-et-Rance canal Built in 1784 to bypass the English blockade, the Ille-et-Rance canal covers 84km from Dinan to Rennes. The course of the canal is dotted with locks and the town of Hd boasts no fewer than 11 of them on a 2km stretch! The canal also provides an unusual vantage point for admiring Brittany's most outstanding sites. In Hd, for instance, you can catch a glimpse of the Chteau de Montmuran, which overlooks the valley to create a picture-postcard view. The Vilaine The Ille-et-Rance canal meets the Vilaine in Rennes. After a stop in the Breton capital, set off for Redon the crossroads of the Breton waterways. If you continue further youll arrive in La Roche Bernard, which towers over the river Vilaine from its rocky spur. From here you can glide past the green banks to the dam at Arzal, a river and sea harbour. From one bank to another The banks of the rivers and canals are home to many sites with the Escales dune rive lautre label. These sites, classified according to a 1, 2 or 3 libellule or dragonfly system, comply with a visitor quality charter, awarded according to their tourist attractions, facilities and services. Hiking paths, watersport activities, childrens play areas, picnic areas, heritage sites and various services are on offer for those of you setting foot on dry land. In Brittany, the Ille-et-Rance canal up to the Chtelier lock, the Vilaine, the Nantes to Brest canal, the Blavet and the Aulne have all been awarded this label.

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The Conservatoire du Littoral
(Coastal Conservation Authority) and
High tide timetable for the year 2006 (tidal coefficient in excess of, or near 100) Date 30 January 31 January 1 February 2 February 27 February 28 February 1 March 2 March 3 March 28 March 29 March 30 March 31 March 1 April 26 April 27 April 28 April 29 April 10 August 11 August 12 August 13 August 7 September 8 September 9 September 10 September 11 September 6 October 7 October 8 October 9 October 10 October 4 November 5 November 6 November 7 November Morning 98 105 107 102 92 106 114 115 108 96 109 115 113 105 93 102 105 103 98 105 106 102 94 107 114 113 105 98 110 114 111 101 94 103 105 102 Evening 102 107 105 98 100 111 116 113 102 103 112 115 110 98 98 104 105 99 102 106 105 97 101 111 115 110 99 105 113 114 107 94 99 105 104 98

The preservation of sites of interest


Brittany is woven from a colourful patchwork of landscapes such as the world-renowned Pointe du Raz, Pink Granite Coast, Cap Frhel and Gulf of Morbihan. The Conservatoire du Littoral was set up to protect the coastal environment and the banks of large lakes. Its role is to restore the countryside and maintain the ecological equilibrium of endangered sites. Land bought up by the Conservatoire may include a monument of historic interest, an archaeological site, an ornithological reserve, marshland or particularly endangered mud flats. It becomes the inalienable owner and undertakes all restoration work. Whether re-establishing a dispersed dune, preventing the encroachment of scrub, prohibiting access to motor vehicles - it does everything in its power to ensure that natural harmony is restored.

Nature
reserves
The French government has set up nature reserves to protect unusual habitats and species. Brittany has 7 nature reserves covering a surface area of 1,730 hectares. Having wonderfully preserved its natural and maritime heritage, Brittany is an ideal refuge for endangered species of birds and flora.
Sept Iles nature reserve in Perros-Guirec: Brittany's oldest nature reserve (1912) with over 20,000 seabird breeding pairs including gannets, Atlantic puffins and common cormorants. Bay of St-Brieuc nature reserve: famous throughout the world for its high tides and a wintering ground for over 40,000 birds. Iroise nature reserve (Molne archipelago): shelters many birds and a colony of grey seals. European otters, dolphins and a wealth of marine flora can also be found there. Vnec nature reserve (Brennilis): in the heart of the Monts dArre, this reserve is home to waterbirds, ducks, grebes and herons as well as peat bog plants. St Nicolas des Glnan nature reserve (Fouesnant): features an endemic variety of narcissus: the Glnan narcissus. Marais de Sn nature reserve: old salt marshes and a site of international importance for migratory birds. Ile de Groix nature reserve: original geology and a wealth of mineral species and sea birds. Bretagne vivante SEPNB (Brittany's society for nature protection): call 33 (0)2 98 49 07 18 or visit www.bretagne-vivante@bretagne-vivante.asso.fr

Regional Natural Parks


Brittany boasts two Regional Natural Parks (RNP) Armorique Regional Natural Park and Brire Regional Natural Park. They have the following ambitious goals - develop initiatives for receiving visitors and improving knowledge of the area, protect and promote natural and cultural heritage, help the given park to develop while respecting the quality of the environment. Armorique RNP covers 172,000 hectares, including 60,000 hectares of sea and coastline. From west to east, this park boasts the Iroise sea islands, the Crozon peninsula, the maritime Aulne and the Monts dArre. The Brire RNP covers 40,000 hectares and is today considered to be one of Europe's leading parks for biological wealth thanks to its sea birds and aquatic plants.

Spring tides
The rise and fall of Brittany's tides is a rare sight to behold twice a day! The coastal landscape changes twice a day as the sea covers and uncovers the beaches and rocks along the shore. At flow tide the sea rises, transforming sand and rocks into a blue-tinted seascape. Ebb tide forewarns of the sea's retreat, when seaweed, pebbles, shells and crustaceans are stranded on sand left rippled by the motion of the waves. The tides clean the shoreline and replenish oxygen levels in coastal waters, which is essential for sustaining marine life. Twice a day, every six hours, the sea moves under forces exerted by the sun and moon. Nowhere is the landscape quite so varied, nor the view so changeable. High tide is ideal for swimmers and all types of watersports. Low tide offers the opportunity to discover fauna generally lurking underwater. The "estran", or shoreline between high and low tides, is a vast paradise for on-foot fishing, as groups of people armed with baskets and shrimping nets hunt for shellfish, shrimps and other shoreline treasures.

(Source: shom, tide timetable)

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Details
Cities of Art and History
Auray . . . . . . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 97 24 09 75 Concarneau . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 98 97 01 44 Dinan . . . . . . . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 96 876 976 Fougres . . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 99 94 12 20 Nantes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .08 92 46 40 44 Quimper . . . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 98 53 04 05 Rennes . . . . . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 99 67 11 11 Saint-Malo . . . . . . . . . . . . . .08 25 13 52 00 Vannes . . . . . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 97 47 24 34 Vitr . . . . . . . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 99 75 04 46

Architectural
heritage
CITIES OF ART
Brittany is a region with a wealth of architectural traditions as can be seen in its towns and cities. The ancient religious centres and mediaeval towns boast beautiful architectural complexes with a unique style. You can visit 22 small towns of character, 9 historic towns and 10 Cities of Art and History through the events and tours organised by qualified heritage and history guides. To learn more about the Cities of Art, contact the following Tourist Information Centres, or order the brochure "Cities of Art in Brittany" from the Brittany Tourist Board. Immense fortresses such as Fougres, Vitr or Chateaubriant once defended the Duchy's terrestrial borders, and hundreds more were built along the 1,700 kilometres of coastline over the centuries. During the Ancien Rgime, many fine residences were built by members of Brittany's Parliament, officials of the Crown or by ship owners and merchants, who had made their fortunes from cod, spice or coffee trading. St. Malo has a number of these richly endowed "Malouinires" open to the public and Nantes is home to several Nantes Follies of similar stature.

Small towns of character


Bazougesla-Prouse . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 99 97 40 94 Bcherel . . . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 99 66 75 23 Chteaugiron . . .+ 33 (0) 2 99 37 89 02 Chtelaudren . . .+ 33 (0) 2 96 74 12 02 Combourg . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 99 73 13 93 Guerlesquin . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 98 72 84 20 Josselin . . . . . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 97 22 36 43 Jugon les-Lacs . . . . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 96 31 70 75 La Roche Bernard . . . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 99 90 67 98 La Roche Derrien . . . . . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 96 91 36 31 Le Faou . . . . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 98 81 06 85 Lhon . . . . . . . . . . .+ 33(0) 2 96 87 40 40 Lizio . . . . . . . . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 97 74 92 67 Locronan . . . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 98 91 70 14 Malestroit . . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 97 75 14 57 Moncontour . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 96 73 49 57 Pont-Croix . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 98 70 40 38 Pontrieux . . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 96 95 14 03 Quintin . . . . . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 96 74 01 51 Rochefort en-Terre . . . . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 97 43 33 57 Roscoff . . . . . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 98 61 12 13 Trguier . . . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 96 92 22 33

BRITTANY'S COLOURFUL PARKS AND GARDENS


Brittany's parks and landscaped gardens offer a refreshing change on your holiday. Each one promises delightful surprises - palm trees and lush exotic flowers creating a tropical atmosphere, a chateau rising from the sumptuous setting of a French-style garden taking you back to the time of the Sun King, or the colourful borders of an English garden, bursting with poetic licence. With their majestic century-old trees and symphony of colours and fragrances orchestrated by the seasons, Brittanys Parks are reminiscent of a journey to distant lands and times.

A CLIMATE MILD ENOUGH FOR PALM TREES


Bretons constantly refer to the Gulf Stream, the warm sea current along the coast, which gives Brittany a microclimate that is quite exceptional considering its latitude. Who would believe that in winter, Brest enjoys the same temperatures as the French Riviera! Thanks to the warm winters, Bretons have been able to indulge their taste for exotic plants. A Breton garden tells the tale of a voyage. Palm trees are common, along with yuccas and their great spikes of white flowers, or the scent of mimosa in springtime. Camellias, or "Japanese roses", appear quite at home in the Breton soil and Brittany was home to the first camellias acclimatised in Europe at the beginning of the last century.

CHATEAUX
Brittany is home to more than 4,000 chateaux, manor houses, stately homes and typical St. Malo residences of a quality and concentration rarely seen in Europe. Yet, the one thing they all have in common is an unmistakable "Breton" character and feel, regardless of their period or style (mediaeval, Renaissance or later).

Historic towns
Chteaubriant . .+ 33 (0) 2 40 28 20 90 Dol-de Bretagne . . . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 99 48 15 37 Hennebont . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 97 36 24 52 Lamballe . . . . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 96 31 05 38 Landerneau . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 98 85 13 09 Lannion . . . . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 96 46 41 00 Pontivy . . . . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 97 25 04 10 Port-Louis . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 97 82 52 93 Quimperl . . . . . .+ 33 (0) 2 98 96 04 32 Saint-Pol-de-Lon+ 33 (0) 2 98 69 05 69

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Religious heritage B

Pardons
THE TRO BREIZH
In the 12th century, there was a tradition of touring the region and visiting the tombs of the seven Saints who founded Christianity in Brittany. This pilgrimage followed a route defined by the ancient roads linking the 7 bishoprics. The pilgrims knelt before the tombs of St Samson in Dol de Bretagne, St Paterne in Vannes, St Corentin in Quimper, St Pol Aurlien in St Pol de Lon, St Tugdual in Trguier and St Brieuc and St Malo in their respective towns. This tour took the pilgrims on a circular route around the peninsula, hence the name Tro Breizh (Tour of Brittany) and guaranteed them their place in heaven. After falling into oblivion for several centuries, the Tour of Brittany today unites ramblers and believers in a journey round Brittany's religious heritage. The Association Tro Breiz organises a modern-day Tro Breizh, with a walk from St. Malo to Dol de Bretagne in early August. For details, contact the Association Tro Breizh, Place de lEvch, 29250 SAINT POL DE LEON email: trobreiz@free.fr or 33 (0)2 98 69 11 80

rittany's religious heritage is an omnipresent and original feature of the region, and also a source of Brittanys particular charm. There is hardly a maritime or inland locality that is not marked by a stone cross or statue, and churches and chapel towers remind us of the religious fervour of Bretons in centuries past and present. These architectural and artistic treasures lie on and off the beaten track and are well worth a visit. Although Brittany has 9 magnificent cathedrals and superb Romanesque and Gothic churches, the region owes its originality to its humble parish churches, tiny chapels nestling in clearings and countless Calvary Crosses dotted along the roadside. Despite obvious outside artistic and architectural influences, these monuments of local stone - granite, schist or slate - with their weathered patina have a spiritual aura of their very own.

a few dates
for 2006:
21 May Pardon de Saint-Yves Trguier (22) 24 & 25 June Pardon de Sainte-Barbe Le Faout (56) 9 July Petite Tromnie Locronan (29) 25 & 26 July Pardon de Sainte Anne Sainte-Anne dAuray (56) 15 August Pardon Notre Dame de la Clart Perros-Guirec (22) 15 August Notre-Dame de la Joie Penmarc'h (29) 15 August Pardon de la Madone des motards Porcaro (56) 15 August Notre-Dame de La Tronchaye Rochefort-en-Terre (56) 26 & 27 August Sainte-Anne-la-Palud Plonvez-Porzay (29) 8 September Notre-Dame du Roncier Josselin (56)

BRITTANY'S PARISH ENCLOSURES


With their triumphal arch leading to the outside world, Parish enclosures are a link between the world of the living and the dead. They are generally located around the cemetery and incorporate the church, the ossuary and the Calvary. The typically Breton Calvary is the Christian version of the standing stone and the wayside cross, which narrates episodes from the Scriptures. Most Parish enclosures are found in Lon (Finistre) and those in St Thgonnec, Lampaul Guimiliau and Sizun will delight Breton art lovers. Morbihan's only parish enclosure is the magnificent 16th century enclosure in Guhenno, a true architectural treasure.

SAINT YVES
A native of Trguier, Yves Helory de Kermartin was appointed as an Ecclesiastical judge at the age of 27 and took charge of a small Parish near Trguier. Both fervent and incorruptible, he became the advocate of the poor and meek, as his reputation as an honest man and ascetic spread throughout the region. Death interrupted his noble work at the age of 50 and Yves de Kermartin was canonised in 1347 by Pope Clement VI who made him one of the few official Breton Saints. He left behind the cult of St. Yves which rapidly spread beyond the regional borders. This defender of the poor, widows and orphans became the great dispenser of justice, the redresser of wrongs and the Patron Saint of Lawyers. Every year, on the 3rd Sunday in May, the Pardon of St Yves or the Pardon of Lawyers takes place in Trguier, a pilgrimage destination for lawyers from all over the world.

SAINTE ANNE
To repress pagan beliefs, the clergy conducted a campaign of preaching to impose the Cult of the Holy Family around the 6th century. Celtic religion, although strongly marked by Paganism, acknowledged the existence of a single God manifested on earth by a series of divinities. The goddess Ana "grandmother of all" in the Celtic tradition, found her equivalent in St. Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary, who became the Patron Saint of the Bretons, and was attributed with unlimited powers of protection. The Cult of St. Anne took a spectacular turn in Brittany when she miraculously appeared to a peasant on the site of the present-day Basilica of St. Anne dAuray in 1623. This is now the most popular Pardon in Brittany (26 July).

THE PARDONS
These are the modest chapel fetes or processions that flourished in Brittany in the late Middle Ages. Most were rooted in ancient rituals, uniting the sacred and the profane! There are so many Pardons in Brittany that they have become specialised. There are blessings at sea - Pardons des Islandais in Paimpol - when sailors pray to a Saint or the Virgin Mary for protection before setting sail, and annual fetes devoted to Saints, such as the Pardon of Ste Anne dAuray. All Pardon festivals start with Mass followed by a procession of flamboyant banners, statues, relics of the Saints and magnificent crosses worked in precious metal to the sound of Breton songs and canticles.

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Glossary
of Breton terms
Aber, aven: estuary (Aber-Wrach, PontAven) Aman: butter Argoad, argoed (argoat, argoet): wooded, inland region Armor (arvor): coast Avel: wind Bara: bread (Bara mar plij - Please may I have some bread) Beg (bec): point, extremity, summit (Beg-Ar-Mn - mountain summit) Bihan (bian): small (Enez Bihan - small island) Bras (braz): big (Mor-Braz - the ocean) Breizh: Brittany (hence the BZH emblem used by many motorists) Demat: Hello Digemer mad: Welcome Enez (inis): island (Enez Du - black island) Fest-noz: night festival Gast!: Damn! (most frequent swear word) Gwenn (guen): white, sacred Gwin: wine (gwin ru - red wine) Heol: sun Kastell: chateau, fortification (Plougastell - castle parish) Kenavo: Goodbye Ker (car): town, village, hamlet Kozh (koz, koh, coz): old Krampouez: crpe Lan: hermitage, monastery (Lanildut) Loc: isolated place, hermitage Loch: lagoon, coastal lake Mad: good: (Bloavez mad! - Happy New Year!) Meur: grand, majestic, important Mor: sea (Mor Bihan - small sea) Nevez (neue, newe, neve, nehue): new Nozvat: Good night Penn: head, end, summit (Penn Ar Bed - Finistre [Land's End]) Plou: ancient parish Roch (roch, roh): rock Ti (ty): house Yeched mat!: Good health!

Culture
The Breton language

Breton tradition Legends


BROCELIANDE FOREST
Broceliande forest, the heart of Brittany's world of make believe, will take you back to the time of King Arthur and his court. Many of the lively episodes in the quest for the Holy Grail were set in this wood in Little Brittany, whose thickets, peaks, heaths and clumps of forest now make up the Forest of Paimpont. The same site was also the setting for the ambiguous love story between Vivian the Enchantress and Merlin the Magician. He built her a crystal citadel beneath the lake at Chteau de Comper (Concoret, Morbihan) and it was here that Vivian raised Lancelot, the incredible knight. She also imprisoned Merlin in the same citadel, using nine magic rings that were as hard as rock, so that she could be with him forever. Learn more about the magical tales from Broceliande forest at the Centre de limaginaire Arthurien in the Chteau de Comper.

Breton is a Celtic language belonging to the IndoEuropean family, which falls into 2 groups - Gaelic and Breton. In the 5th century, Armorica's population was renewed due to massive emigration from the Island of Britain (Wales, Cornwall, Devon, etc.). Armorica became Brittany and Breton, its language. During the 3rd Republic, the French Ministry of Education sought to relegate the Breton language. Today, there is a marked revival in Breton language learning and the number of Breton speakers is estimated at 700,000, notably due to the development of Breton language teaching and, in particular, the Diwan school movement. Diwan schools are lay schools founded by teachers and parents and are free to attend and open to all. There are 31 centres throughout Brittany with some 2,000 pupils. Neither a patois, nor a minority local dialect, Breton is a true language in itself and is currently spoken by 250,000 people.

THE CITY OF YS
The City of Ys stands somewhere beneath the waters in the Bay of Douarnenez. This city, once so powerful that it governed all of Gaul, was ruled by King Gradlon, the King of Cornouaille. It was protected from the sea by a dyke and gates to which only the king had the key. The old king was a widower who outlandishly spoiled his daughter, Dahut. She therefore grew up with no parental control whatsoever and soon fell into a life of debauchery, influencing the city's residents to follow her example. She even became the Devil's mistress and, once he had convinced her to steal the keys to the dyke, she opened the gates and flooded the city. Averted by Saint-Gunol, Gradlon had just enough time to save himself by escaping on his horse and was ordered by the

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Brittany's emblems
THE BRETON FLAG
"Gwenn ha Du" (white and black) Brittany's flag, created in 1923, is a common sight throughout the region. It features 9 stripes - 5 black for the five ancient countries or bishoprics of Haute-Bretagne: Dol, Nantes, Rennes, Saint-Brieuc and St. Malo, and four white stripes symbolising the four ancient countries or bishoprics of Basse-Bretagne: Cornouaille, Lon, Trgor and Vannetais. In the upper left-hand corner there are ermine motifs on a white background.

THE ERMINE
The heraldic ermine was used in many European countries. Adopted in Brittany by the line of the Dukes of Montfort, it ended up becoming "the" emblem of Brittany and is found on the coats of arms of many Breton towns, and on signs and products.

Lancelot and Viviane in Broceliande forest. S. et J.B. Rabouan


saint to leave his daughter behind. Legend has it that she turned into a mermaid and still lives in the flooded city. Fishermen sometimes hear her singing or ringing a bell beneath the waters.

Sound and light shows and storytelling walks


Halfway between the imaginary world and reality, sound and light shows and story-telling walks are a fun way of discovering Brittany's cultural heritage. Combining music, dance and even firework displays, the magnificent sound and light shows bring Brittany's history and legends to life. For more information visit www.brittanytourism.com

THE TRISKELL
(from the Greek "triskels" meaning "three legged"). This decorative motif only resurfaced in Brittany in the 1920s, but was widely used by the ancient Celts. Of course, we should not suddenly claim that it has some kind of mysterious meaning. Like the wheel, the triskell can symbolise the sun or perpetual motion. The motif is now very popular in the six Celtic countries and is perhaps the most famous of all the Celtic emblems.

Evariste Luminais, the flee of King Gradlon. (Museum of Fine Arts of Quimper)
ANKOU
Ankou waits for the dead at the cold and misty gates to hell, situated somewhere around Yeun Ellez, in the Monts dArre. Depicted as a skeleton with a scythe in his right hand, he drives aimlessly through the night on his creaking chariot. This deathly convoy can be heard from the faraway heaths and sunken lanes. If you are unlucky enough to hear the noise or, worse still, you come face to face with the convoy, your days are numbered. This reaper of souls spares no one, but carries away both rich and poor alike to the place of eternal rest. Central to Armorican culture, the Ankou is often sculpted on wayside crosses in villages around the Monts d'Arre and can even be seen on certain churches such as the church in Brasparts or on the Brennilis wayside cross.

SOUND AND LIGHT SHOWS


11 to 14 Aug 2006 Etincelles aquatiques in Martign-Ferchaud (35) Tel.: 33 (0)2 99 47 83 83 Mid-August 2006 Pierres et lgendes re-enactment, Abbey of Bon Repos, Saint Gelven (22) Tel.: 33 (0)2 96 24 90 75

STORY-TELLING WALKS
From July to September Centre de limaginaire Arthurien, Chteau de Comper (56) Walks in Broceliande forest. Tel.: 33(0)2 97 22 79 96 All year round LegendO Thrapie, Brennilis (29) Tel.: 33(0)2 98 99 62 36

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Brittany's museums
and exhibition centres
A variety of options are available to visitors wishing to follow in the footsteps of those famous artists captivated by Brittany's charms. The collections in Brittany's museums and galleries are an ideal way of learning why this region became a haven for artists (incomplete list)

Art in Brittany

Brittany, an artist's haven

CTES-D'ARMOR
Muse Mathurin Mheut Place du Martray, 22400 LAMBALLE Maison dartiste de la Grande Vigne 103, rue du quai, 22100 DINAN Muse du Chteau de la Duchesse Anne Rue du Chteau, 22100 DINAN Muse de Saint-Brieuc Cour Francis Renaud, Rue des lycens martyrs, 22000 SAINT-BRIEUC Muse Ernest Renan 20, rue Ernest Renan, 22220 TREGUIER More addresses: L Imagerie 19 rue Jean Savidan, 22300 LANNION Galerie du Dourven Domaine dpartemental du Dourven, 22300 TREDREZ-LOCQUEMEAU

M. Maufra, view of the port of Pont Aven (Museum of fine Arts Quimper).
At the end of the 19th century, Brittany was discovered by certain, now-famous artists and many of the region's natural treasures were captured on canvas forever. It inspired great artists such as Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin and many others who came here seeking new sources of inspiration. Their stay in Brittany played a key role in the development of their pictorial skills, in particular for Matisse: "I only had bistre and earth tones on my palette () I was enchanted by the burst of pure colour. I came back from my trip with a passion for all the colours of the rainbow".
Brittany has been an endless source of inspiration for countless French and foreign artists in the past and continues to be so today. Painters, sculptors, photographers and comic strip artists have all discovered a region with a wealth of customs, a true sense of identity, outstanding landscapes and an atmosphere particularly conducive to artistic creation. The many faces of contemporary art are revealed to visitors in special events, statecommissioned works of art and artists' studios open to the public all over Brittany. Tourist Information Centres will be happy to provide you with details.

CONTEMPORARY ARTS
The Domaine de Kerguhennec The Domaine de Kerguhennec in Bignan (Morbihan) is one of the largest sculpture parks in Europe. The centre is an unusual French model of the genre with resident artists and exhibitions. Many original works are displayed in the vast 500hectare grounds, including Marta Pan's floats on the lake, the sonorous reflections of Max Neuhaus and the row of red flower pots in a transparent glasshouse.

FINISTRE
Muse des Beaux-Arts 22, rue Traverse, 29200 BREST Muse des Jacobins Place des Jacobins, 29600 MORLAIX Muse de Pont-Aven Place de l'Htel de Ville, 29930 PONT-AVEN Muse Dpartemental Breton 1, Rue du Roi Gradlon 29000 QUIMPER Muse des Beaux-Arts 40, Place Saint-Corentin, 29000 QUIMPER Muse de Locronan Place de la Mairie, 29136 LOCRONAN Muse de la Marine Chteau de Brest, 29200 BREST Muse de la pche 3 rue Vauban, 29900 CONCARNEAU Muse-Chteau de Kerazan Kerazan, 29750 LOCTUDY Muse Yan' Dargent 29400 SAINT-SERVAIS More addresses: Maison Marie Henry 10 rue des Grands Sables, Le Pouldu, 29360 CLOHARS CARNOET Tour Vauban de Camaret-sur-Mer Pointe Rocamadour, 29129 CAMARET-SUR-MER Le Quartier 10, esplanade F. Mitterrand, 29000 QUIMPER Centre atlantique de la photographie Le Quartz 2-4 avenue G. Clemenceau, 29200 BREST Mai photographies 18, route de Guengat 29000 QUIMPER Centre dart contemporain La Passerelle 41, rue Charles-Berthelot, 29200 BREST

ART DANS LES CHAPELLES ART FESTIVAL AROUND PONTIVY


From July to September Explore Contemporary Art and Religious Heritage. Art chemin faisantart festival in Pont Scorff June to September Contemporary art in a rural setting, with 6 Exhibitions and 6 Natural Sites. Art la Pointe in the chapels of Cap Sizun July & August Contemporary Art, 8 Exhibitions and 2 Circuit Trails through 8 Cap Sizun chapels. LAthanor Muse Etienne Martin The Park of Bois-Orcan in Noyal-sur-Vilaine displays the works of the sculptor Etienne Martin.

J. P. Raynaud Mille pots btonns pour une serre ancienne

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Brittany's museums
Browse Brittanys antique shops
and exhibition centres
ILLE-ET-VILAINE
Muse des Beaux-Arts 20, Quai Emile Zola, 35000 RENNES Muse Emmanuel de La Villon 51, Rue Nationale, 35300 FOUGERES Muse de Bretagne 20, Quai Emile Zola, 35000 RENNES Muse d'Histoire de la ville et du pays Malouin Chteau-Htel de Ville 35400 SAINT-MALO Muse du Chteau Chteau de Vitr, 35500 VITRE More addresses: Fonds Rgional d'Art Contemporain 3, rue Noyal, 35410 CHATEAUGIRON Village des artistes 2 Place de lHtel de Ville 35560 BAZOUGES LA PEROUSE Arcade-les Urbanistes 25, rue Caserne 35300 FOUGERES Parc du Bois Orcan lAthanor Chteau du Bois Orcan, 35530 NOYAL-SUR-VILAINE La Crie, Centre dart contemporain Place Honor-Commeurec, 35000 RENNES

Do you like browsing through antique shops and hunting for trinkets, paintings and objects from another time? If so, you wont be disappointed as Brittany is full of flea markets and garage sales in the summertime. The region also has its specialities, famous Quimper pottery for instance. Items bearing the HB Henriot mark are the most sought after but the traditional yellow and blue floral design and the petit Breton pattern (dating from 1850) are also popular. Collectors also search for paintings by Mathurin Mheut or art deco creations from the Seiz Breur (seven brothers in Breton) movement.

Lace lovers will be able to find wonderful pieces in this region, which has a long-standing tradition of lace making. As for paintings, do not expect to find a Gauguin but you may come across works by some early 20th-century Breton schools. In fact, with a bit of luck you might get your hands on a wood engraving by Charles Cottet, a sketch by Mathurin Mheut or a lithograph by Henri Rivire. Youll also come across some very fashionable maritime antique shops in all the coastal towns. They are packed with old model boats, antique navigation instruments (telescopes, sextants, compasses), maritime furniture, for example small, mahogany chests of drawers and r o s e w o o d chests, and works by official French Navy painters.

LOIRE-ATLANTIQUE
Muse des Beaux-Arts 10, rue Georges Clmenceau 44000 NANTES Muse Intercommunal des Marais Salants 29 bis, rue Pasteur, 44740 BATZ-SUR-MER More addresses: Fonds rgional d'Art Contemporain La Garenne-Lemot Gtign, 44190 CLISSON

COMIC STRIPS
Brittany appears to be an ideal region for comic strip lovers. It has been associated with the genre since the very beginning, notably thanks to the Breton Bcassine character created in 1905. However, these origins have paled into insignificance next to today's industry with its wealth of publications and the hundred or so famous and less famous authors. Although the genre was criticised and considered for a long time as "sub-culture", the exciting stories, short texts, drawing style and bright colours have become popular with all ages. Fairs and festivals have popped up all over Brittany, the most famous being Quai des bulles in SaintMalo, Tonnerre de bulles in Brest, Bulles an Oriant in Lorient and the Festival de Perros-Guirec.

The main Comic Strip festivals


Early April BULLES AN ORIENT, Lorient Mid-April FESTIVAL DE B.D., Perros-Guirec Mid-June TONNERRE DE BULLES, Brest 3, 4 & 5 November 2006 QUAI DES BULLES, Saint-Malo

MORBIHAN
Muse de la Cohue 9 & 15 Place Saint-Pierre, 56000 VANNES Muse des peintres 1, rue de Quimper, 56320 LE FAOUET Muse Historique de la Citadelle Vauban Belle-Ile-en-Mer, 56360 LE PALAIS Muse de la Compagnie des Indes La Citadelle 56290 PORT-LOUIS More addresses: Le Chteau de Rochefort-en-Terre Le Bourg, 56220 ROCHEFORT-EN-TERRE Galerie Le Lieu Maison de la Mer Quai de Rohan 56100 LORIENT

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Main music Breton festivals


festivals in 2006
Mid-February Les hivernautes pop/rock festival Quimper 3rd weekend in April Fte du chant traditionnel singing festival Bovel Early May Festival En Arwen traditional music festival Clgurec May RockNSolex rock festival Rennes 1st weekend in May Val Latina Latin music festival Plneuf val Andr 13 to 22 May FestYves Breton festival Brittany 25 to 28 May Rencontre Internationale de la Clarinette Populaire clarinet festival Glomel 1 to 4 June Festival Art Rock art & music festival Saint-Brieuc June La Gallsie en fte Breton culture festival Monterfil July/August Estivarts rencontres musicales internat art and music festival Plormel July Au pont du rock festival Malestroit Early July Festival des Terre-Neuvas music festival Bobital Early July Les Tombes de la nuit music festival Rennes 3 to 9 July Folklores du monde world folklore festival St-Malo Mid-July Festival Kann Al Loar Landerneau Mid-July to mid-August Arts dans la rue street entertainment Morlaix 20 to 23 July Festival des Vieilles Charrues music festival Carhaix 16 to 24 July Festival de Cornouaille Celtic festival Quimper Every Thursday in July & August Jeudis du port musical Thursdays Brest

Brittany hosts almost 300 festivals, a hundred or so of which are not to be missed and are mostly held in summer. From rock to jazz, electro or even traditional music, variety is the key word here. Although traditional music is still popular, it has been given a new lease of life. A far cry from the Brittany of yesteryear, hundreds of thousands of young people now enjoy listening to traditional music and discovering up-and-coming musicians. The most famous festivals include Lorient's Interceltic Festival, Quimper's Festival de Cornouaille, the Vaches au Gallo festival in Louvign-du-Dsert, the Route du Rock in Saint-Malo, Astropolis in Brest (devoted to electronic music), Festival des Terre-Neuvas in Bobital, the Transmusicales in Rennes and Les Vieilles Charrues in Carhaix one of the largest festivals in Europe! For more information consult the festival dates at www.brittanytourism.com

CONCERT BARS
Far from the buzzing festivals and vast concert halls, concert bars provide the perfect setting for discovering new music genre and up-and-coming musicians. In fact many renowned French musicians were discovered in Brittany's concert bars. Yann Tiersen in Le Sablier in Rennes, Louise Attaque in Les Hesprides in Plouneour-Trez, Matmatah in Le Quai Largo in Plouhinec, Dan ar Braz in Le Petit village in Lanfains... and these are just some of the big names to have performed on small Breton stages. These bars host small and friendly concerts that are popular with all music fans. Brittany boasts at least thirty concert bars that regularly welcome famous and less famous, national, regional and even local groups much to the delight of everyone.

PLAYERS AND PIPE BANDS


In the musical duos symbolising traditional Breton music, one musician plays the biniou or bagpipes and the other, the bombarde- an early oboe. They are 'sonneurs' or players and have many strings to their bow - singing, story telling, dance calling or leading processions. They are present at all events and travel from fetes to markets and from dances to weddings. Today, these players perform at Festou-Noz, playing the music of yesteryear on traditional instruments. The bagad is a group of players similar to a Scottish or Irish pipe band. In principle, it comprises 21 musicians - 8 playing the biniou, 6 on the bombarde, 4 tenor drummers, 2 bass drummers and one big drum. The best-known bagads are the 'Lann Bihou', 'Bagad de la Royale' (French navy) or the 41st Infantry Regiment of Chateaulin.

FESTIVALS IN BRITTANY
Bretons certainly know how to party! In addition to the traditional 'fest-noz' evenings, Brittany offers visitors a wide range of events that are certain to give your holiday that party feel. Take your pick from seaside festivals to events devoted to literature, comic strips, painting and lots more... Whether in Lorient, St. Malo, Quimper or Vannes, youll certainly find something to suit your musical taste. Have a look at the calendar of events below or visit www.brittanytourism.com to plan your break.

CONTESTS, A SHOWCASE OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC


A real institution, contests are the leading traditional music events in the region. They provide musicians with a challenge, enabling them to compare their talents with those of other candidates from the same group, musical field (bagad for example) or region in Brittany. Given their importance, these contests provide artists with their ticket to the different concerts and fes-

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tivals. Some are very famous, such as the one in Gourin (particularly for biniou/bombarde duos), the 'Bogue dOr' in Redon (for songs from HauteBretagne), the national bagado championship and even the 'Kan ar Bobl' (general contest) in Pontivy, which has launched the careers of renowned artists such as Denez Prigent or Yan Fanch Kemener. Contact the local tourist information centre for information on the contests near you. always someone to teach you the steps of traditional Breton dances, such as the Gavotte, Plin or Fisel. Just look for posters displayed around the town, advertising a fest-noz. There will certainly be one near your holiday location and maybe youll be lucky enough to hear the famous Tri Yann or Ar Re Yaouank, whose concerts bring whole towns to life!

Main music
festivals in 2006
29 & 30 July Fte de la crpe pancake festival Gourin 24 to 29 July Jazz Vannes jazz festival Vannes Mid-July Festival des 7 chapelles classical music festival Guidel August Astropolis electronic music festival Brest 4 & 5 August Vaches au Gallo music festival Louvign du Dsert Early August Interceltic Festival Lorient 6 August Fte des ajoncs dor traditional festival Pont-Aven 12, 13 & 14 August Festival du bout du monde music festival Crozon 13, 14 & 15 August Ftes dArvor folk festival Vannes 12, 13 & 14 August Route du rock music festival St-Malo 13 to 21 August Fte de la Saint-Loup Breton dance festival Guingamp 15 to 21 August Fte des filets bleus fishing festival Concarneau October Festival de musique ancienne music festival Lanvellec Late October Fte du marron La Teillouse chestnut festival Redon Late October Fte de la Saint-Simon music festival Saint Briac 4 to 5 November Festival des Chanteurs de Rue street festival Quintin Early December Transmusicales music festival Rennes

THE FEST NOZ TRADITION


Breton traditional music has its own way of communicating its infectious gaiety. The Festo Noz originally took place at the end of a major communal task. Today, nobody waits for the corn to be threshed to bring out the biniou (bouez, in Breton) and the bombarde, and there is not a village in Armor or Argoat that escapes this fever, particularly during the summer. Players and singers invite you to dance in the open air or indoors. And there is no time to sit down and listen to the repertoire as a fest-noz is for dancing to the intoxicating rhythm of traditional instruments, violins, flutes, guitars or drums. You dont have a regional costume? Well, it doesn't matter as jeans, shorts and T-shirts are perfect for dancing! Hand in hand, youll meet people of all ages from all walks of life, all there to enjoy themselves. And don't worry about your two left feet as there is

Others main events and festivals in Brittany in 2006


4 to 14 March Travelling cinema festival Rennes 13 to 17 April Spi Ouest France sailing event La Trinit/Mer Early April Bulles an Orient comic strip festival Lorient 20 to 23 April Livres & mers fair Concarneau 16 & 17 April Fte de la coquille Saint-Jacques scallop festival Erquy April Festival de la bande dessine comic strip festival Perros-Guirec 28, 29 & 30 April Estivales du Rire comedy festival Dinard 5 to 8 May Fte de la morue cod festival Binic 12 to 16 May Festival Etonnants voyageurs travel literature festival St-Malo May/June Festival sport nature Ctes dArmor 11 to 12 June Tonnerre de Bulles comic strip festival Brest 17 June Mont St Michel Bay marathon Cancale Late June Solidor en peinture painting festival St-Malo July to September Estivales photographiques photography festival Lannion July to September Art dans les chapelles art festival Pontivy 6 to 9 July 50th anniversary of the Course des grands voiliers sailing ship race St-Malo 13 to 16 July Fte des brodeuses craft festival Pont LAbb 22 & 23 July Fte des remparts festival Dinan Early July Ftes historiques history days Vannes 29 & 30 July Ftes mdivales mediaeval days Hennebont 11 to 14 August Les tincelles aquatiques sound and light show Martign Ferchaud 12 August La nuit du livre book evening Bcherel 15 to 17 August Fte du Livre book festival Bcherel 13, 14 & 15 August Fte du Menez Hom folklore and painting festival Plomodiern Late August Festives Halles street entertainment Questembert Early September Il tait une fois la Guerche fair La Guerche de Bretagne Early October British film festival Dinard 3, 4 & 5 November 2006 Quai des bulles comic strip festival St-Malo 11 to 19 November Festival europen du film court film festival Brest

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An easy
crpe recipe
Makes approx. 24 crpes - Preparation: 15 minutes, Resting time: 1 hour minimum, overnight is best. Ingredients: 250g wheat flour - 4 eggs 175g sugar - 3 sachets vanilla sugar - _ litre fresh whole milk - 1 pinch of salt oil - 250g salted butter for frying. Sift the flour into a large bowl, make a well in the centre of the flour and break an egg into it. Using a wooden spoon, slowly mix the egg into the flour starting from the centre of the well. Add the other 3 eggs, one by one. Add the sugar, vanilla sugar and salt and then mix while gradually adding small quantities of milk into the centre of the mixture. Cover the bowl with a clean cloth and leave to rest for at least an hour (overnight is best). Melt a knob of butter in the pan and spoon in half a ladle of the mixture. Tip the pan around from side to side to evenly coat the base with batter. This technique produces a very thin crpe. Cook the crpe for about 1 minute until the edges start to turn golden. Flip the crpe over by lifting it up between your thumb and index finger and then cook the other side. Repeat these steps until you have used up all the mixture. It is best to eat them straight away but you can keep them warm in an open oven on a low heat.

Gastronomy
In Brittany, the different terroirs or lands are just as diverse as the flavours they produce and this region, which is steeped in tradition, naturally has its celebrated dishes, such as the seafood platter in Armor and the sweet crpe pancakes in Argoat. For Bretons, gastronomy is synonymous with tradition and socialising but we'll let you be the judge of that as you browse the many markets or stop for a bite to eat in one of Brittany's bistrots!

Seafood, vitality on a plate!


Not only is the sea around Brittany ideal for watersports, it is also a breeding ground for seafood and shell fish the stars of Breton gastronomy. Whether you choose the local harbour caf or the more expensive seafood restaurant, be sure to order a fresh seafood platter you wont be disappointed!

Oysters

who interprets all the nods and gestures and ensures that the auction goes smoothly. The quayside adopts a stock market atmosphere with oilskins replacing business suits and ties. Nowadays, an increasing number of auctions are conducted by computer and are exclusively for professionals. Fortunately, however, some ports have carried on the tradition and so you can still get a taste of this fascinating world. Contact your nearest Tourist Information Centre for more information. The main fish auctions open to the public: Concarneau, Loctudy, Audierne, Roscoff and Saint-Quay-Portrieux.

Salted butter - an essential ingredient.


Salted butter Salted butter is an essential ingredient in Breton cuisine. The rich, lush Breton pastures produce fragrant milk, which is then made into creamy butter, salted with sea salt. Butter takes pride of place on all Breton tables and is perfect with a slice of bread and a seafood platter another vital element of Breton gastronomy. Breton biscuits - whether 'palets', 'galettes' or 'crpes dentelle' all owe their mouth-watering richness to butter, which is also a key ingredient in all Breton pastries thanks to its unique, traditional flavour. Far Breton pudding and Kouign-amann cake Far is a traditional Breton pudding. Many different recipes exist but the Farz forn is perhaps the most famous. Commonly called the Far Breton, this creamy golden flan is popular as a family dessert and can also be found in all bakers shops. The basic Far recipe includes wheat flour, sugar, eggs, milk and butter but there are many regional variations. Some people add raisins or apples while

Breton far
pudding with prunes
Serves 6 - Preparation: 10 minutes, - Cooking time: 40 minutes. Ingredients: 125g flour - 125g sugar 2 sachets vanilla sugar - 4 eggs 3 dessert spoons rum, 1/2 sachet baking powder - 75cl whole milk - 1 pinch of salt butter for the tin - approx. 250g prunes. Pre-heat the oven to 240C or gas mark 8. Sift the flour into a bowl and then mix in the vanilla sugar, salt and baking powder. Make a well in the centre and break the eggs into it. Then, using a wooden spoon, slowly mix the eggs into the flour mixture starting from the centre. Meanwhile, heat up the milk with the rum and prunes. Slowly pour the warm liquid into the flour and egg mixture and whisk quickly (the prunes should be added to the mixture last of all). Pour the mixture into a buttered, round cake tin and pop into the oven. Cook for 10 minutes at 240C then reduce the heat to 200C or gas mark 6 and cook for a further 30 minutes. Leave to cool before removing from the tin. Oysters are usually eaten raw with lemon juice or shallot vinegar, rye bread and salted butter. These different products of the land go particularly well with the salty flavour of oysters. Brittany boasts 12 great types of oyster - Cancale, Paimpol, Rivire de Trguier, Morlaix-Penz, Nacre des Abers, Rade de Brest, lAven-Belon, Rivire dEtel, Golfe du Morbihan, Quiberon, Penerf and Croisicaise. Each type has its own qualities and each consumer, his or her preferences, but in general oysters are at their tastiest in months containing the letter 'r', that is from September to April.

Fish auctions
The first buyers arrive at daybreak to admire the fish, arranged on the quayside according to category and size. They gather before the goods and face the a u c t i o n e e r,

Crpes and galettes - an institution


Crpes and galettes are indisputably part of Brittany's culinary heritage. The main difference between galettes and crpes lies in the batter mixture. Galettes are made from buckwheat flour and are served with savoury fillings, such as ham, cheese and eggs. Crpe batter is prepared with wheat flour and crpes are served as a dessert, most often just with sugar and butter. Crpes and galettes vary in flavour and texture according to the different areas of Brittany so be sure to try the Basse Bretagne crpe or the galette-saucisse sausage pancake in Rennes!

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Getting to know Brittany

Brittanys
bars
Brittanys bars are an integral part of local life. There is always a Caf du port or harbour caf filled with local fishermen. They enjoy the odd glass of dry white wine and chat about work, for instance Loc who broke his propeller on a rock last weekend. On the marina youll find the slightly more upmarket Yachtsmans bistrot, rich in panelling and brass. Here youll bump into yachtsmen back from a regatta or practice race or youll arrive for the end of a sailing club meeting, which is always rounded off with a nice pint. In the towns, villages and even on the islands, youll find various theme bars, which are perfect for a concert or story-telling evening with friends. Youll find rock, traditional Breton music, sea shanties or even story-telling evenings. Some bars have a very artistic feel and hold painting or photography exhibitions. For the thinkers amongst you, there are philosophical or literary bars, ideal for reading the latest novel or collection of short stories published in the region over an espresso coffee. Thanks to the "Celtic Connection", youll also come across Irish, Scottish and Breton bars. Each bar has its own personality and catchy name, for example Le Phare felu or Eccentric Lighthouse, La vache qui lit or The Reading Cow! There are also those which promote the Breton language Le Pesked, Le Digor Kalon or Le Gwenojenn. Ask the barman for a translation; hell be delighted to help out. For a list of picturesque bars in Brittany, visit www.brittanytourism.com and go to the Breizh Trotters page.

others prefer prunes, which are ideal as their acidity goes perfectly with the creamy flavour of the batter. Spices such as cinnamon and vanilla are also added to bring a touch of the exotic to this local pudding. Kouign-amann means butter cake and it is made from risen dough mixed with salted butter. To make a perfect cake, you'll need to choose the best quality butter and leave the dough to rest for the right amount of time. This treat, originally from Douarnenez, is most often made by pastry chefs and is perfect for afternoon tea after a long walk or a trip out at sea.

Cider
Mentioned from the 6th century onwards, cider consumption grew considerably in the Middle Ages. Today, cider is a popular drink in Brittany and, like wine, each different cider has its own flavour and colour. Breton cider is traditionally served with crpe and galette pancakes and has its own following of connoisseurs. The cider of Cornouaille was awarded the AOC quality label in 1998 but cider from other regions, such as Morlaix, Hennebont or the Val de Rance, is just as delicious.

Chouchen
Chouchen is a type of mead or nectar of the gods. It is made from water and fermented honey and was the preferred drink of the Celts. In days gone by, mead was said to have made the Gods drunk and humans, immortal. Today, Chouchen is enjoyed as an apritif or digestif.

The Breton beer tradition Brittanys markets


Breton market days are lively and colourful and every town and village boasts its own unique array of produce. Feast your eyes on each stall and enjoy the different produce, scents and colours that change according to the seasons. Galettes saucisse vie with Roscoff onions, fresh oysters and elegant scallops and fruit and vegetables (cabbages, flowers, artichokes, strawberries, etc.) can be bought directly from the local farmers. Contact the nearest Tourist Information Centre or Town Hall to find out when the different markets are held. Just like cider, beer is an emblematic Breton drink. Over the last twenty years, beer brewing has been given a new lease of life thanks to dedicated brewers who are striving to promote this tradition that dates back to the 17th century. Today there are about fifteen breweries in the four 'dpartements' of the region, half of which can be found in Finistre. Only a handful of them, such as La Coreff, are considered as breweries in their own right though. The others are 'microbreweries' as they produce less than 8,000 hectolitres per year. A wide range of interestingly-named Breton beer is now therefore available for all to enjoy. The most well-known brands include Coreff de Morlaix, Lancelot barley beer and the black wheat beer Telenn Du an important ingredient in Breton cuisine. Some brewers have also added a touch of originality to their beer, take for example the Mor-Braz brewery (in Theix) whose beer is brewed from sea water! Lancelot brewery also deserves a mention as it produces Breizh cola Brittany's very own cola drink! Although they seek originality, Breton brewers do have one thing in common - they all love brewing. Some of their factories are open to visitors and the more curious among you can go along and discover some of the secrets of the industry. Consult the list of Breton breweries at www.brittanytourism.com

The 'Crperies ambassadrices'


Brittany knows no bounds thanks to the ambassador crperies network! This label, created in 1999, brings together crperies from all over France and abroad and guarantees authenticity as far as crpe quality and Breton atmosphere are concerned. If you know of a crperie that meets these criteria, you can pass on the address to the Brittany Tourist Board and you may win a meal for 2 in this crperie! Visit www.brittanytourism.com

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A selection of events and festivals in 2006


HAUTE-BRETAGNE WILL BE DRAWING ON ITS ENERGY
in spring 2006 The Fte des nergies, organised by the Brittany Tourist Board, will be held all over the dpartement on 4 weekends from mid-April to mid-May and will be open to everyone. You will be able to organise your weekend according to the events taking place in the different towns and villages. These events will be linked to the identity, expertise and traditions of each individual area. The Printemps des Energies the perfect excuse for a weekend away this spring. This special pre-summer event is an ideal opportunity for a weekend away as a couple or with the family or friends. Come and release some energy and take part in some of the organised events. Programme of festivities: www.bretagne35.com, Printemps des nergies page

FESTIVAL DES COQUECIGRUES MUSIC AND THEATRE FESTIVAL


January April 2006 / Rennes area The Coquecigrues festival includes live shows staged in unusual heritage sites in Rennes and its surrounding area. It aims to attract families by putting on performances for adults at the same time as, and next door to, tea-time shows for younger audiences (3 years and up). Contact: 33 (0)2 99 31 21 25 www.lescoquecigrues.com

EUROPEAN FESTIVAL OF ANCIENT GREEK AND LATIN


10 - 12 March 2006 / Bcherel Following a successful first year, this unusual festival is being held again, and this time will focus on music and dance. It will be chaired by Madame Mussat (President of the Orchestra of Brittany) and supported by representatives from Hungary, Finland and Portugal. The festival will include adaptations of ancient Greek and Golden age music, discussions on poets and love led by A. Foulon, and once again Astrix in Latin and ancient detective novels. Contact: Becherel Tourist Information Centre 33 (0)2 99 66 75 23

MONT ST MICHEL BAY MARATHON


17 June 2006 / Cancale Starts at 5pm on Saturday 17 June 2006 in Cancale 1. St. Malo: Marathon village. Medical conference and a jog around the ramparts in the morning. 2. Cancale: Start of the marathon. From there you may catch a glimpse of Mont St Michel at the far end of the bay 3. The bay: By running through many different villages you will discover this magnificent region. 4. Mont Saint Michel: This marvel is well worth the effort but keep your stamina up for the last leg which is always the longest. Contact: Marathon de la Baie 33(0)2 99 89 54 54 www.montsaintmichel-marathon.com

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Ille-et-Vilaine
LES TOMBES DE LA NUIT / SONS PUBLICS MUSIC FESTIVAL
July 2006 / Rennes

13TH LES TINCELLES AQUATIQUES sound and light show


11 - 14 August 2006 / Martign-Ferchaud

Unique artists arouse the audiences curiosity and enthusiasm with their unusual and creative shows and concerts in the city of Rennes. The festival, which features curious performances and surprising sounds, prioritises resident artists and creations that explore new ways of developing the relationship between artist and audience. Enjoy unseen, unexpected and unusual material with plenty of music, as, after all, this is essentially a music festival. Information: Festival Les Tombes de la Nuit 33(0)2 99 32 56 56 - www.lestdnuit.com

Once again this year, air, water, fire and earth spirits will gather around the Etang de la Forge lake, enticing audiences to enter the Pays de la Roche aux Fees area where dreams come face to face with reality and the imaginary world meets regional traditions. This show, featuring sound, dance, firework and water jet displays, has already been enjoyed by 150,000 spectators. Contact: The Martign-Ferchaud Tourist Information Centre - 33(0)2 99 47 83 83 www.etincelles-aquatiques.org

TALL SHIPS RACE The 50th Anniversary Tall Ships Race


6 - 9 July 2006 / St. Malo

REDON CHESTNUT FESTIVAL


October 2006 Pays de Redon area

Formerly known as the Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race, this race is returning to St. Malos quays to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary. The race is a major international event and its goal is to encourage young people from around the world to sail together in a sea regatta. Close to one hundred sailing ships will gather at St. Malo before setting off for Lisbon, Cadix, Corunna and Antwerp in front of thousands of admiring spectators. Once again, the race promises to be a wonderful show. Contact: Amis des Grands Voiliers Sail Training Association France www.amisdesgrandsvoiliers.org

The Pays de Redon area comes alive with festivities during October, or the Mois du Marron. La Bogue dOr is a festival of song, storytelling and traditional music from Gallo country, the Taverne aux marrons market sells chestnuts and regional produce and the grand Foire Teillouse - an ancient chestnut fair has been revived with music and song. Information and programme: Redon Tourist Information Centre - 33 (0)2 99 71 06 04 tourisme-pays-redon@wanadoo.fr

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MUSIC, MUSIC EVERYWHERE

A LESSON IN HISTORY

DOMAINE DE LA ROCHE JAGU ESTATE


Plozal, June to October

CLARINET FESTIVAL
Glomel, early May Breton musicians invite fellow music lovers from all over the world to celebrate the clarinet a popular instrument that is central to Breton culture. Festival-goers will enjoy both traditional and jazz music in a unique and friendly atmosphere. www.clarinette-populaire.org

FESTIVALS IN TRGOR
Lannion / Perros-Guirec / Trguier, July and August A vast programme of classical music concerts awaits visitors all summer long in Trguier cathedral, Brlvnez church and Saint-Gonery chapel on the Pink Granite Coast.

The beautiful Roche Jagu castle overlooks the Trieux estuary. It houses a large annual exhibition and its 30-hectare estate, featuring gardens, a palm grove and a waterfall, hosts events all year round. www.cotesdarmor.fr

ABBAYE DE BEAUPORT
Paimpol, May to October This Norbertine abbey, opposite le de Brhat, can be visited all year round. During the holiday season, both night and day, visitors can enjoy magical moments in this outstanding maritime setting, which offers art exhibitions, nature walks and guided tours along the coast. www.abbaye-beauport.com

CIT RAP FESTIVAL


Saint-Brieuc, late October These Regional Urban Culture Events invite the public to discover hip-hop through concerts, dance, resident musicians, graffiti, writing, DJs and workshops. Organised by Bretons and world famous artists, this festival promises to be unlike any other. www.citerap.fr.st

ART ROCK FESTIVAL


Saint-Brieuc, mid-May This festival a subtle mix of music, dance, street entertainment and multimedia brings a taste of rock music to Brittany every year. This festival features all kinds of genre and boasts top names and newcomers. www.artrock.org

FESTIVAL DE LANVELLEC FESTIVAL DES TERRE-NEUVAS


Bobital, early July This festival successfully combines pop music, new groups and festive rock with top names and pays a fitting tribute to the Newfoundland fishermen on the Sunday. www.festival-terre-neuvas.com Lanvellec, October This festival, held in the churches of Trgor, boasts the biggest names in Baroque music. The magical settings add to the charm of the festival, which attracts people from all over Europe. www.france-festivals.com/lanvellec

BON REPOS, WHERE LEGENDS ARE MADE


Saint-Gelven, August Bon Repos Abbey is set in a magical area between Quncan forest and Liscuis heath. Every year, the abbey hosts a major historical re-enactment a fine light and sound show. www.bon-repos.com

LIVING TRADITIONS
FESTIVAL DE LA SAINT-LOUP
Guingamp, mid-August 2,500 musicians and dancers from all over Brittany, Ireland, Scotland and Galicia fill the squares, streets and gardens to perform concerts and shows and lead festou-noz dances. This famous Celtic week is a high point for Breton culture. www.dansebretonne.com

FTE DES REMPARTS 2006


Dinan, 22 and 23 July Every other year, Dinan, a Town of Art and History, hosts one of Europes major mediaeval festivals. 50 troupes, 800 actors and 5,000 people in mediaeval dress take to the flag-decked squares and streets. The festival includes tournaments, a mediaeval market, encampments, tales, dancing, battles, equestrian arts and torchlit pavane dancing throughout the towns narrow streets. www.dinan-tourisme.com

FTE DE LA COQUILLE SAINT-JACQUES


Scallop festival Saint-Quay-Portrieux, 29 and 30 April The Ctes dArmor dpartement is Europes leading scallop producer. Every year, visitors are invited to a traditional harbour to find out more about this tasty shellfish. www.coquillesaintjacques.com

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CtesdArmor

A SPORT FOR EVERYONE

MONTH OF SPORT AND NATURE


Ctes dArmor, May/June People of all ages are invited to try out many different sports (hiking, sailing, golf or climbing). The most adventurous among you can take part in the marathon, biathlon or long-distance trek. Dont miss this friendly sporting event. www.cotesdarmor.fr

CAP ARMOR EVENTS


Ctes dArmor, July and August Cap Armor is an original sports and cultural event for everyone over 12. Each centre organises a selection of free or reasonably priced activities, which are run by experienced instructors all summer long.

AUTUMN FESTIVALS

IMAGIMER MARITIME FILM FESTIVAL


Saint-Cast-le-Guildo, late September Watch archive films, recent films, animations and documentaries and see the maritime world in a different light. Visitors can meet the film-makers and enjoy this festival dedicated to the sea and cinema. www.festival-imagimer.com

CAMPAGNE DU RIRE
Comedy festival Ctes dArmor, October and November With its shows, concerts and cabaret evenings, this festival promotes comedy in all its forms. For a whole month, the Campagne du Rire takes over Ctes dArmor laughter and enjoyable moments are guaranteed. www.oddc22.com

PAROLES DHIVER
Winter tale festival Ctes dArmor, December This festival, based on tales, stories and the world of make-believe, is one of the largest French language events devoted to the spoken word. Gathered in unusual settings, the public is charmed by the magic of storytellers who come from all over the world. www.oddc22.com

Further information Ctes dArmor Tourist Board 33 (0)2 96 62 72 01 www.cotesdarmor.com

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INTERCELTIC FESTIVAL OF LORIENT
28 July to 6 August 2006 - Lorient The Interceltic festival of Lorient was founded in 1971 and is the largest annual gathering of artists from the Celtic world. Every August, as many as 4,500 creative artists come to the Breton port of Lorient to take part, arriving from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Cornwall, Asturias, Galicia and Brittany, as well as from other parts of the world. This is the annual showcase of the Celtic countries and their longstanding traditions. All kinds of musicians (traditional, classical, folk, jazz or rock), singers, dancers, artists, sculptors, writers, film-makers, and lecturers take it in turns to perform their art on stage, in the streets or marquees. 650,000 people flock to Lorient for the 10-day festival. This years guest of honour is Australia.

Soizic Strokvis, Chapel of Saint-Jean, Le Sourn, summer 2005 and 2006 Chapel Art. F.Talairach

CHAPEL ART
July to September Contemporary art and religious heritage Every summer since 1992, LArt dans les Chapelles (Chapel Art) has been inviting twenty visual artists, during the 1st weekend of July and the 3rd weekend of September, to engage with an exceptionally rich and diverse heritage, namely that of the mainly 15th- and 16th-century chapels which dot the valley of the river Blavet in the region of Pontivy. Each artist takes on one chapel. The invitation extended to the public is two-fold to discover the creativity of our own era and to take a fresh look at our heritage. Information and bookings: Tel.: 33(0)2 97 51 97 21 Website: www.artchapelles.com

SPI OUEST FRANCE


13 to 17 April 2006 The sailing capital of France, La Trinit-sur-Mer, has been hosting the Spi Ouest-France - Bouygues Tlcom race every Easter weekend for the past 27 years. This is the largest one-hull gathering in Europe. The race, organised by Ouest-France and the Socit Nautique de La Trinit-sur-Mer sailing club, kicks off the competitive season and includes several heats over a four-day period. Contact: www.spi-ouestfrance.com

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Morbihan
CENTRE DE LIMAGINAIRE ARTHURIEN Arthurian Centre at the Chteau de Comper
2 April to 15 October 2006

THE 27TH JAZZ VANNES FESTIVAL


24 to 29 July 2006

This centre, set in the Chteau de Comper, is central to Brittanys legendary heritage, introducing visitors to the legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Arthurian legend as a whole and Celtic mythology. Tours to legendary sights in Brocliande forest are conducted by our storytelling guides and the centre also organises conferences and fun, themebased activities. Additionally, there is an impressive bookshop, featuring over 500 books on the subject of fairies and knights, ranging from academic titles to cartoon strips. Since 1997, the centre has been organising the Semaines Arthuriennes festival with shows, mediaeval entertainment, storytelling walks and concerts. Contact: Centre de limaginaire Arthurien, Chteau de Comper, 56430 CONCORET, Tel./Fax: 33 (0)2 97 22 79 96 www.centre-arthurien-broceliande.com

The Jazz Vannes festival features famous musicians and newcomers who perform open-air concerts under the magical Jardins de Limur lime trees. For a whole week, the streets and bars come alive to the sound of jazz music. New talents are waiting to be discovered in the afternoons and concerts are held in the Auditorium des Carmes in the early evening, followed by a jazz parade and many exhibitions. For six whole days, Vannes turns jazz crazy! Further information: Tel.: 33 (0) 2 97 01 62 44

FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DU FILM INSULAIRE


Film festival August 2006 Island of Groix The aim of this annual festival is to promote island cinema in a competition open to documentaries devoted to the human aspects of island life. Every year, an island destination is chosen and special showings of films not included in the competition are dedicated to this destination. Musical entertainment during the festival is provided by artists from the chosen island or archipelago. In 2005, we hosted Cape Verde, and this year our guest will be Madagascar. Contact: Festival international du film insulaire. Tel.: 33 (0)2 97 86 57 44 - www.filminsulaire.com

DOMAINE DE KERGUHENNEC

FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LA PHOTO DE MER


Sea picture festival Vannes - 13 April to 8 May 2006 From 13 April to 8 May, Vannes will be hosting the 2nd International Sea Picture Festival. Over a three-week period, fifteen exhibitions will be presenting the sea in all its forms through the eyes of photographers from all over the world. These photographs will be displayed in the citys historical monuments, outdoors and even on the sea itself, revealing the marine environment in all its wealth and diversity. The sea, synonymous with passion, pain, poetry and pleasure, takes over the city and emphasises its maritime identity throughout the festival. Entertainment, photography courses, technical tips, the chance to meet with professionals and guided tours are also available in a unique central venue in the heart of the city near Saint-Pierre Cathedral. Further information: photo-de-mer@wanadoo.fr

Marta Pan, Parcours flottant. The Domaine de Kerguhennec estate is located in Bignan in the Morbihan and houses one of the largest and most beautiful sculpture parks in Europe. This original centre is a rare French example of the genre and also organises exhibitions and welcomes resident artists. The vast 150 hectare-grounds feature numerous original works, including Marta Pans floating sculptures on the lake, Max Neuhaus sound works and Raynauds red flower pots. Contact: Centre dart contemporain Tel.: 33 (0)2 97 60 44 44 www.art-kerguehennec.com

Further information on festivals and events Morbihan Tourist board 33 (0) 825 13 56 56 www.morbihan.com

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DOUARNENEZ 2006
27-31 July 2006 Don't miss this 20th anniversary edition! Douarnenez - a fishing and coastal navigation port at the western edge of Brittany will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of this festival in July 2006. Each year, hundreds of sailing ships and thousands of sailors come from all over the world to party in Finistre. During this unique and exciting event, sailors provide entertainment in the form of music and sea shanties against a breathtaking backdrop of hundreds of boats from all corners of the globe. To celebrate its twentieth anniversary, this biennial festival is organising an immense flotilla of boats of all shapes and sizes. You can also look forward to hundreds of musicians, maritime heritage societies from all over France and further a field, and the Place des marins a small village in the centre of the festival with sea shanties, traditional French dancing events and a great atmosphere. This longawaited twentieth edition also promises exhibitions, films and debates. Contact: 33 (0)2 98 92 29 29 www.douarnenez2006.com

21ST FESTIVAL EUROPEN DU FILM COURT DE BREST


11 to 19 November 2006 in Brest

PRINTEMPS DE CHTEAUNEUF-DU-FAOU
Easter Sunday Chteauneuf-du-Faou The Printemps de Chteauneuf - an Easter Sunday music and dance festival - bears witness to the growing popularity of Breton culture. Forty of the best singer/musician duos from all over Brittany will take it in turns to perform during the Fest-Deiz/Fest-Noz. This friendly festival features 5,000 dancers and brings together people of all ages for 8 hours of fun in Central Finistre Singers and musicians will put on concerts in this setting, decorated with huge standing stones. This really is an event to remember! For more information call 33 (0)2 98 21 97 57

9 days of cinema and as many as 250 short films, collected from all over Europe (Italy, Estonia, Ireland, Sweden, etc.), will enable you to travel to faraway places, daydream, laugh or even cry. And whether they last five or forty-five minutes, each film has its own universe and each director their own view of the world. Watch the latest European films and cartoons, which are certain to please all ages. The festival includes the official European competition (nine programmes), Cocotte Minute competition (films lasting under six minutes), programmes for young audiences (3 years and up), a panoramic view of Brittany, cinema/concerts, debates with film directors and exhibitions. Festival Europen du Film Court de Brest Association Cte Ouest - BP 31247 29212 Brest cedex 1 Tel: 33 (0)2 98 44 03 94 - www.filmcourt.fr

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Finistre
20TH FESTIVAL DES ARTS DE LA RUE
2 to 9 August 2006 in Morlaix Morlaix's Festival des arts de la rue (FAR) was created in 1986 and is one of the oldest street theatre festivals to have adopted new theatrical writing techniques for public areas. The aim of the festival is to invite locals and visitors on a journey to the heart of the town through a variety of shows calling on various different aspects of street entertainment - dance, theatre, circus tricks, music and fine arts. This surprising festival will have you laughing and daydreaming and may even get you thinking... With this fun and original artistic circuit, Morlaix FAR promotes artistic creation in the town. 2006 sees the 20th anniversary of the festival, which will be held from 2 to 9 August. Contact: Le Fourneau, 11 quai de la douane, 29200 Brest Tel. 33 (0)2 98 46 19 46 www.artsdanslarue.com

15TH FESTIVAL DES VIEILLES CHARRUES


20, 21, 22 & 23 July 2006 in Carhaix During its fifteen-year history, the Festival des Vieilles Charrues has become one of the greatest rock festivals in Europe. Each year, more than 150,000 festival goers flock to the 3-day event, held in the small town of Carhaix in Central Brittany. A cross between a popular festival and a major cultural event, the Festival des Vieilles Charrues features more than 1,000 artists and 80 shows on 5 different stages. Hopeful newcomers perform alongside big names from the international music scene, for example REM, The Cure, Patti Smith, Massive Attack, Deep Purple, Iggy Pop, Texas, Beck, Ben Harper, Placebo, Manu Chao and many others may have watched the likes of The Kills, The Coral, The Streets, Joseph Arthur and Devendra Banhart. Contact@vieillescharrues.asso.fr Tel: 0 820 890 066 (c0.099/minute) www.vieillescharrues.asso.fr

There are many other events in Finistre each year. Take for example the Festival Kann Al Loar in Landerneau from 8 to 15 July 2006, the Mondial Folk de Plozvet from 17 to 22 August, the Festival de Cornouaille in Quimper from 15 to 23 July, the Fte des Brodeuses in Pont L'Abb, the Fte des Mouettes in Douarnenez and the Festival des Filets bleus in Concarneau from 15 to 20 August 2006. For further information on events in Finistre in 2006, visit www.finisteretourisme.com or contact the various different tourist information centres.

MUSE DE PONT AVEN


24 June to 25 September 2006 in Pont Aven Srusier, Charles Cottet, Louis Dsir-Lucas, Albert Clouard, Adolphe Beaufrre, Otto Weber, Georges Cornlius, Jan Verkade, Andr Even, Marcel Gonzalez, Jules Paressant, Jean Mingam, Pierre Gilles, Sbastien, Jean Frlaut, ... Man is naturally attracted to all things holy and sacred and painters are no exception as at one time or another in their lives they tackle the subject of faith. Museum open every day. June to September from 10am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 6.30pm July/August: 10am to 7pm - Price: c4 Reduced price c2.50 Muse de Pont-Aven Place de l'Htel de Ville 29930 Pont-Aven Tel. 33 (0)2 98 06 14 43 Fax 33 (0)2 98 06 03 39 email: musee.pont-aven@wanadoo.fr

Paul Srusier, lapparition de la vierge. Breton painters and their spiritual quest, 18601960 This exhibition presents the religious themes inspired by Brittany through the works of Emile Bernard, Maurice Denis, Charles Filiger, Paul

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Ctes d'Armor
BELLE ISLE EN TERRE 33 (0) 2.96.43.01.71 tourisme.belleisle@wanadoo.fr BINIC 33 (0) 2.96.73.60.12 binic@tourisme.fr BOURBRIAC 33 (0) 2.96.43.46.03 CALLAC 33 (0) 2.96.45.59.34 cdc-callac@wanadoo.fr CHATELAUDREN 33 (0) 2.96.79.77.71 otchatelaudren@hotmail.com DINAN 33 (0) 2.96.87.69.76 infos@dinan-tourisme.com ERQUY 33 (0) 2.96.72.30.12 tourisme.erquy@wanadoo.fr ETABLES SUR MER 33 (0) 2.96.70.65.41 otsi.etablesurmer@wanadoo.fr FREHEL 33 (0) 2.96.41.53.81 otfrehel@wanadoo.fr GUINGAMP 33 (0) 2.96.43.73.89 otguingamp@wanadoo.fr GUITTE 33 (0) 2.96.83.90.52 ILE DE BREHAT 33 (0) 2.96.20.04.15 syndicatinitiative.brehat@wanadoo.fr JUGON LES LACS 33 (0) 2.96.31.70.75 tourisme.jugon.les.lacs@wanadoo.fr LAMBALLE 33 (0) 2.96.31.05.38 otlamballe.direction@wanadoo.fr LANCIEUX 33 (0) 2.96.86.25.37 lancieux.tourisme@wanadoo.fr LANNION 33 (0) 2.96.46.41.00 infos@ot-lannion.fr LANVOLLON 33 (0) 2.96.70.12.47 o.t.lanvollon@wanadoo.fr LEZARDRIEUX 33 (0) 2.96.22.16.45 tourisme@cc-lezardrieux.com LOUDEAC 33 (0) 2.96.28.25.17 tourisme@centrebretagne.com MATIGNON 33 (0) 2.96.41.12.53 tourisme@pays-de-matignon.net MONCONTOUR 33 (0) 2.96.73.49.57 tourisme@pays-moncontour.com MUR DE BRETAGNE 33 (0) 2.96.28.51.41 otsi.guerledan@wanadoo.fr PAIMPOL 33 (0) 2.96.20.83.16 tourisme@paimpol-goelo.com PENVENAN 33 (0) 2.96.92.81.09 ot@ville-penvenan.fr PERROS GUIREC 33 (0) 2.96.23.21.15 infos@perros-guirec.com PLENEUF VAL ANDRE 33 (0) 2.96.72.20.55 pleneufvalandre@wanadoo.fr PLESTIN LES GREVES 33 (0) 2.96.35.61.93 officetourismeplestin@wanadoo.fr PLEUMEUR BODOU 33 (0) 2.96.23.91.47 infos.tourisme@pleumeur-bodou PLOUGRESCANT 33 (0) 2.96.92.56.83 si.plougrescant@wanadoo.fr PLOUHA 33 (0) 2.96.20.24.73 o-t-plouha@wanadoo.fr PLURIEN 33 (0) 2.96.72.18.52 otplurien@wanadoo.fr PONTRIEUX 33 (0) 2.96.95.14.03 tourisme.pontrieux@wanadoo.fr QUINTIN 33 (0) 2.96.74.01.51 otsi.pays-de-quintin@wanadoo.fr ROSTRENEN 33 (0) 2.96.29.02.72 tourismekb@wanadoo.fr SAINT CAST 33 (0) 2.96.41.81.52 officetourisme@saintcastleguildo.fr ST BRIEUC 08.25.00.22.22 info@baiedesaintbrieuc.com ST JACUT DE LA MER 33 (0) 2.96.27.71.91 office@saintjacutdelamer.com ST MICHEL EN GREVE 33 (0) 2.96.35.74.87 ST NICOLAS DU PELEM 33 (0) 2.96.29.52.51 ST QUAY PORTRIEUX 33 (0) 2.96.70.40.64 tourisme@saintquayportrieux.com TREBEURDEN 33 (0) 2.96.23.51.64 tourisme.trebeurden@wanadoo.fr TREGASTEL 33 (0) 2.96.15.38.38 tourisme.tregastel@wanadoo.fr TREGUIER 33 (0) 2.96.92.22.33 TREVOU TREGUIGNEC 33 (0) 2.96.23.71.92 BANNALEC 33 (0) 2.98.39.43.34 contact@tourisme-bannalec.com BENODET 33 (0) 2.98.57.00.14 tourisme@benodet.fr BEUZEC CAP SIZUN 33 (0) 2.98.70.55.51 ot.beuzec-cap-sizun@wanadoo.fr BRASPARTS 33 (0) 2.98.81.47.06 otyeun.elez@wanadoo.fr BREST 33 (0) 2.98.44.24.96 office.de.tourisme.brest@wanadoo.fr BRIEC DE L'ODET 33 (0) 2.98.57.74.62 ot_paysglazik@yahoo.fr BRIGNOGAN PLAGES 33 (0) 2.98.83.41.08 otbrigno@aol.com CAMARET S/MER 33 (0) 2.98.27.93.60 ot.camaret@wanadoo.fr CARANTEC 33 (0) 2.98.67.00.43 carantec.tourisme@wanadoo.fr CARHAIX PLOUGUER 33 (0) 2.98.93.04.42 tourismecarhaix@wanadoo.fr CHATEAULIN 33 (0) 2.98.86.02.11 CHATEAUNEUF DU FAOU 33 (0) 2.98.81.83.90 mairie@chateauneufdufaou.com CLEDER 33 (0) 2.98.69.43.01 ot.cleder@wanadoo.fr CLOHARS CARNOET 33 (0) 2.98.39.93.42 ot.clohars-carnoet@wanadoo.fr COMBRIT 33 (0) 2.98.56.48.41 si.combrit-saintemarine@wanadoo.fr CONCARNEAU 33 (0) 2.98.97.01.44 otsi.concarneau@wanadoo.fr CROZON-MORGAT 33 (0) 2.98.27.07.92 ot.crozon.morgat@wanadoo.fr DOUARNENEZ 33 (0) 2.98.92.13.35 tourisme.douarnenez@wanadoo.fr ELLIANT 33 (0) 2.98.10.91.11 mairie.elliant@wanadoo.fr FOUESNANT 33 (0) 2.98.51.18.88 accueil@ot.fouesnant.fr GUERLESQUIN 33 (0) 2.98.72.84.20 guerlesquin@wanadoo.fr GUILLIGOMARC'H 33 (0) 2.98.06.33.44 GUISSENY 33 (0) 2.98.25.67.99 otguisseny@cotedeslegendes.com HUELGOAT 33 (0) 2.98.99.72.32 ILE DE BATZ 33 (0) 2.98.61.75.70 mairie.iledebatz@libertysurf.fr ILE D'OUESSANT 33 (0) 2.98.48.85.83 contact@ot-ouessant.fr KERLOUAN 33 (0) 2.98.83.92.87 ot.kerlouan@cotedeslegendes.com LA FORET FOUESNANT 33 (0) 2.98.51.42.07 f.chapalain.foret-fouesnant@wanadoo.fr LAMPAUL PLOUARZEL 33 (0) 2.98.84.04.74 omt.lampaul-plouarzel@wanadoo.fr LANDELEAU 33 (0) 2.98.93.82.16 commune-de-landeleau@wanadoo.fr LANDERNEAU 33 (0) 2.98.85.13.09 ot@landerneau.com LANDEVENNEC 33 (0) 2.98.27.78.46 LANDIVISIAU 33 (0) 2.98.68.33.33 info@ot-paysdelandivisiau.com LANNILIS 33 (0) 2.98.04.05.43 office@abers-tourisme.com LANVEOC 33 (0) 2.98.27.59.04 LE CONQUET 33 (0) 2.98.89.11.31 tourisme@leconquet.fr LE GUILVINEC 33 (0) 2.98.58.29.29 ot@leguilvinec.com LESNEVEN 33 (0) 2.98.83.01.47 otlesneven@cotedeslegendes.com LOCQUIREC 33 (0) 2.98.67.40.83 contact@locquirec.com LOCRONAN 33 (0) 2.98.91.70.14 locronan.tourisme@wanadoo.fr LOCTUDY 33 (0) 2.98.87.53.78 office-tourisme.loctudy@libertysurf.fr MOELAN S/MER 33 (0) 2.98.39.67.28 otsi.moelan.sur.mer@wanadoo.fr MORLAIX 33 (0) 2.98.62.14.94 officedetourisme.morlaix@wanadoo.fr NEVEZ 33 (0) 2.98.06.87.90 tourisme@nevez.com PENMARC'H 33 (0) 2.98.58.81.44 office-tourisme@penmarch.fr PLEYBEN 33 (0) 2.98.26.71.05 PLOEVEN 33 (0) 2.98.81.51.84 mairie-ploeven@wanadoo.fr PLOMODIERN 33 (0) 2.98.81.27.37 info@tourisme-porzay.com PLONEOUR LANVERN 33 (0) 2.98.82.70.10 otsi@ploneour-lanvern.fr PLONEVEZ DU FAOU 33 (0) 2.98.86.90.07 PLONEVEZ PORZAY 33 (0) 2.98.92.53.57 info@tourisme-porzay.com PLOUARZEL 33 (0) 2.98.89.69.46 omt.plouarzel@wanadoo.fr PLOUDALMEZEAU 33 (0) 2.98.48.12.88 oct.ploudalmezeau@wanadoo.fr PLOUESCAT 33 (0) 2.98.69.62.18 office.de.tourisme.plouescat@wanadoo.fr PLOUGASNOU 33 (0) 2.98.67.31.88 tourismplougasnou@aol.com PLOUGONVELIN 33 (0) 2.98.48.30.18 tourisme@plougonvelin-fr.com PLOUHINEC 33 (0) 2.98.70.74.55 contact@plouhinec-tourisme.com PLOUNEOUR TREZ 33 (0) 2.98.83.45.03 infos@ot-plouneourtrez.com PLOZEVET 33 (0) 2.98.91.45.15 tourisme@plozevet.org PONT AVEN 33 (0) 2.98.06.04.70 ot.pont-aven@wanadoo.fr PONT CROIX 33 (0) 2.98.70.40.38 otsi.poncroix@wanadoo.fr PONT L'ABBE 33 (0) 2.98.82.37.99 otsi.pontlabee@altica.com POULDREUZIC 33 (0) 2.98.54.49.90 tourisme@pouldreuzic.org QUIMPER 33 (0) 2.98.53.04.05 contact@quimper-tourisme.com QUIMPERLE 33 (0) 2.98.96.04.32 ot.quimperle@wanadoo.fr RIEC S/BELON 33 (0) 2.98.06.97.65 ot.riec.sur.belon@wanadoo.fr ROSCOFF 33 (0) 2.98.61.12.13 tourisme.roscoff@wanadoo.fr ROSPORDEN 33 (0) 2.98.59.27.26 si-rosporden@laposte.net SAINT RENAN 33 (0) 2.98.84.23.78 ot.saint-renan@wanadoo.fr SCAER 33 (0) 2.98.59.49.37 ot.scaer1@tiscali.fr SPEZET 33 (0) 2.98.93.91.18 club.spezet@wanadoo.fr ST NIC PENTREZ 33 (0) 2.98.26.55.15 info@tourisme-porzay.com ST POL DE LEON 33 (0) 2.98.69.05.69 tourisme.st.pol.de.leon@wanadoo.fr TELGRUC S/MER 33 (0) 2.98.27.78.06 jckerspern@voil.fr TREGUNC 33 (0) 2.98.50.22.05 ot.tregunc@wanadoo.fr office.de.tourisme.saint-malo@wanadoo.fr ST BRIAC S/MER 33 (0) 2.99.88.32.47 ot.saint-briac@wanadoo.fr ST LUNAIRE 33 (0) 2.99.46.31.09 otsi.stlunaire@worldonline.fr ST MEEN LE GRAND 33 (0) 2.99.09.58.04 otstmeen@club-internet.fr TINTENIAC 33 (0) 2.99.68.09.62 tinteniac.tourisme@free.fr VITRE 33 (0) 2.99.75.04.46 info@ot-vitre.fr

Morbihan
AURAY 33 (0) 2.97.24.09.75 infos@auray-tourisme.com BELLE ILE EN MER 33 (0) 2.97.31.81.93 belle.ile.infos@wanadoo.fr CARNAC 33 (0) 2.97.52.13.52 accueiltourisme@carnac.fr DAMGAN 33 (0) 2.97.41.11.32 office-tourisme-damgan@wanadoo.fr ERDEVEN 33 (0) 2.97.55.64.60 ot.erdeven@wanadoo.fr ETEL 33 (0) 2.97.55.23.80 syndicat.initiative.etel@wanadoo.fr GOURIN 33 (0) 2.97.23.66.33 si.gourin@wanadoo.fr GRAND CHAMP 33 (0) 2.97.66.49.10 landesdelanvaux@yahoo.fr GUEMENE S/SCORFF 33 (0) 2.97.39.33.47 si.guemene@voila.fr GUER 33 (0) 2.97.22.04.78 otguer@club-internet.fr GUIDEL 33 (0) 2.97.65.01.74 guidel@lorient-tourisme.fr HENNEBONT 33 (0) 2.97.36.24.52 tourisme.hennebont@wanadoo.fr ILE DE GROIX 33 (0) 2.97.86.53.08 iledegroix@lorient-tourisme.fr JOSSELIN 33 (0) 2.97.22.36.43 ot.josselin@wanadoo.fr LA GACILLY 33 (0) 2.99.08.21.75 la-gacilly.tourisme@wanadoo.fr LA TRINITE PORHOET 33 (0) 2.97.93.94.34 tourisme@porhoet.fr LA TRINITE SUR MER 33 (0) 2.97.55.72.21 tourisme@ot-trinit-sur-mer.fr LANGUIDIC 33 (0) 2.97.65.19.14 languidic@free.fr LE FAOUET 33 (0) 2.97.23.23.23 officedetourisme.lefaouet@wanadoo.fr LOCMARIAQUER 33 (0) 2.97.57.33.05 ot.locmariaquer@wanadoo.fr LOCMINE 33 (0) 2.97.60.00.37 LORIENT 33 (0) 2.97.21.07.84 contact@lorient-tourisme.com MALESTROIT 33 (0) 2.97.75.14.57 tourisme@malestroit.com MUZILLAC 33 (0) 2.97.41.53.04 paysdemuzillac.tourisme@wanadoo.fr PEILLAC 33 (0) 2.99.91.36.01 PENESTIN S/MER 33 (0) 2.99.90.37.74 information@penestin.com PLOERMEL 33 (0) 2.97.74.02.70 ot.ploermel@wanadoo.fr PLOUAY 33 (0) 2.97.33.11.14 tourisme.paysdeplouay@wanadoo.fr PLOUHARNEL 33 (0) 2.97.52.32.93 ot.plouharnel@wanadoo.fr PLUVIGNER 33 (0) 2.97.24.79.18 syndicatinitiative@pluvigner.com PONT SCORFF 33 (0) 2.97.32.50.27 pontscorff@lorient-tourisme.fr PORT CROUESTY 33 (0) 2.97.53.69.69 crouesty@crouesty.com QUESTEMBERT 33 (0) 2.97.26.56.00 office.tourisme.questembert@wanadoo.fr QUIBERON 33 (0) 2.97.50.07.84 quiberon@quiberon.com ROCHEFORT EN TERRE 33 (0) 2.97.43.33.57 ot.rochefortenterre@wanadoo.fr SARZEAU 33 (0) 2.97.41.82.37 office.de.tourisme.sarzeau@wanadoo.fr STE ANNE D'AURAY 33 (0) 2.97.57.69.16 tourisme.steanne@wanadoo.fr TREHORENTEUC 33 (0) 2.97.93.05.12 valsansretour@club-internet.fr VANNES 33 (0) 2.97.47.24.34 info@tourisme-vannes.com

Ille et Vilaine
BAIN DE BRETAGNE 33 (0) 2.99.43.98.69 BAZOUGES LA PEROUSE 33 (0) 2.99.97.40.94 tourisme.baz@voil.fr BECHEREL 33 (0) 2.99.66.75.23 contact@becherel.com BRUZ 33 (0) 2.99.05.56.56 office.de.tourisme.bruz@wanadoo.fr CANCALE 33 (0) 2.99.89.63.72 ot.cancale@wanadoo.fr CHATEAUGIRON 33 (0) 2.99.37.89.33 office.tourisme@ville-chateaugiron.fr COMBOURG 33 (0) 2.99.73.13.93 ot@combourg.org DINARD 33 (0) 2.99.46.94.12 ot.dinard@wanadoo.fr DOL DE BRETAGNE 33 (0) 2.99.48.15.37 office.dol@wanadoo.fr FOUGERES 33 (0) 2.99.94.12.20 ot.fougeres@wanadoo.fr LA GUERCHE DE BRETAGNE 33 (0) 2.99.96.30.78 otsi.laguerche@wanadoo.fr MARTIGNE FERCHAUD 33 (0) 2.99.47.84.37 si.martigne-ferchaud@wanadoo.fr MESSAC 33 (0) 2.99.34.61.60 syndicat.initiative.guipry.messac@wanadoo.fr MONTFORT S/MEU 33 (0) 2.99.09.31.81 ecomusee@club-internet.fr PAIMPONT 33 (0) 2.99.07.84.23 syndicat-dinitiativepaimpont@wanadoo.fr RENNES 33 (0) 2.99.67.11.11 infos@tourisme-rennes.com SAINT MALO 33 (0) 8.25.135.200

Finistre
ARGOL 33 (0) 2.98.27.75.30 AUDIERNE 33 (0) 2.98.70.12.20 ot.audierne@wanadoo.fr

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GREAT BRITAIN
PACKAGE HOLIDAYS IN HOTELS Aa motoring holidays Tel: 01256 493 801 Aeroscope Tel: 01608 650 103 Albatros holidays Tel: 01708 879 100 Allez France Tel: 01903 748 100 Belle France Tel: 01797 223 777 Botel Tel: 01709 700 256 Brittany best breaks Tel: 0800 085 7739 Brittany direct holidays Tel: (020) 8644 7881 Brittany Ferries Tel: 08705 360 360 Condor ferries Tel: 0845 641 0259 Classic breakaway Tel: 0149 253 2532 Cresta holidays Tel: 0970 161 0910 Crystal holidays Tel: 0870 888 0023 Driveline Europe Tel: 0170 222 300 France nord Tel: 0121 353 6457 French expressions Tel: 0207 431 1312 French life holidays Tel: 0870 444 8877 Hotel abroad Tel: 01689 858 598 Interhome Tel: 0208 891 1294 Leisure direction Tel: 0800 0857 739 Select France Tel: 0186 533 1350 Stena line holidays Tel: 0990 74 7474 Travelscene limited Tel: 0208 427 4445 Unicorn holidays herts Tel: 0158 283 4400 VFB holidays Tel: 0124 224 0340 SELF CATERING Agritour Tel: 0208 994 6002 Albatros holidays Tel: 0170 873 2276 Allez France holidays Tel: 01903 748 100 Brittany ferries Tel: 08705 360 360 Bowhills Tel: 0148 987 7627 Cresta holidays Tel: 0970 161 0910 Driveline Europe Tel: 0170 222 300 Eurovillage Tel: 0160 673 4400 Four seasons Tel: 0113 256 4373 France nord Tel: 0121 353 6457 French life holidays Tel: 0870 444 8877 Inter home Tel: 0208 891 1294 Just France Tel: 0280 878 04400 Lagrange UK Tel: 020 7371 6111 Stena line holidays Tel: 0990 74 7474 Sunselect villas Tel: 01299 271 717 Vacances en campagne Tel: 0179 886 9433 VFB holidays Tel: 0142 240 339 Welcome holidays Tel: 0175 670 4865 ART TOURS/ARTS & CRAFS Lsg theme holidays Tel: 0150 9239 857 French country cruises Tel: 0157 282 1390 CHATEAU TOURS/CHATEAU STAYS Brittany ferries Tel: 08705 360 360 French expressions Tel: 0171 431 1312 COACH TRAVEL/RAIL TOURS Bebb travel Tel: 0144 32151 00 Leger travel Tel: 0170 983 0333 Shearings holidays Tel: 0194 244246 Travelling together Tel: 0176 326 2190 COOKERY COURSES & GASTRONOMY Allez France holidays Tel: 01903 748 100 Lsg theme holidays Tel: 0150 9239 857 Page and moy ltd Tel: 0116 250 7000 FAMILIES (STAYING WITH FRENCH FAMILIES) Brittany ferries Tel: 08705 360 360 French life holidays Tel: 0870 444 8877 HOLIDAY VILLAGE Allez France holidays Tel: 01903 748 100 Driveline Europe Tel: 0170 222 300 French life holidays Tel: 0870 444 8877 Lsg theme holidays Tel: 0150 9239 857 P&O europen ferries Tel: 0870 6000600 MOTORING HOLIDAYS AND FLY&DRIVE Aa motoring holidays Tel: 01256 493 801 Allez France Tel: 01903 748 100 Brittany direct holidays Tel: (020) 8644 7881 Brittany ferries Tel: 08705 360 360 Cresta holidays Tel: 0970 161 0910 Driveline Europe Tel: 0170 222 300 French expressions Tel: 0207 431 1312 Just France Tel: 020 878 04400 Vfb holidays Tel: 0142 240 339 CYCLING MOTORCYCLING Belle France Tel: 01797 223 777 Stena line holidays Tel: 0990 74 7474 GOLFING Albatros holydays Tel: 0170 873 2276 Brittany ferries Tel: 08705 360 360 Cresta holidays Tel: 0970 161 0910 Driveline holidays Tel: 0170 222 300 French expressions Tel: 0207 431 1312 French life holidays Tel: 0870 444 8877 Traveling together Tel: 0176 326 2190 WALKING HOLIDAYS Lsg theme holidays Tel: 0150 9239 857 Sherpa expeditions Tel: 0208577 2717 WEEKENDS/SHORTS BREAKS FRENCH FAMILIES Brittany direct holidays Tel: (020) 8644 7881 Brittany ferries Tel: 08705 360 360 Cresta holidays Tel: 0970 161 0910 French life holidays Tel: 0870 444 8877 Just France Tel: 020 878 04400 Select France Tel: 0186 533 1350 Sherpa expeditions Tel: 0208577 2717 CARAVANNING/CAMPING Allez France Tel: 01903 748 100 Brittany ferries Tel: 08705 360 360 Care free travel service Tel: 024 7642 2024 Four seasons Tel: 0113 256 4373 French life holidays Tel: 0870 444 8877 Haven Europe Tel: 0870 242 7777 Keycamp holidays Tel: 0870 7000 123 Matthews holidays Tel: 01483 284 044 Select France Tel: 0186 533 1350 Stena line holidays Tel: 0990 74 7474 Solaire holidays Tel: 0121 778 5061

IRELAND
HOTEL HOLIDAYS Abbey travel Tel: 01 804 71 00 Brittany ferries Tel: 08705 360 360 Keller campotel Tel: 0905 43 888/42 131 Travel around Tel: 01 66 10 622 SELF CATERING Alpha travel Tel: 061 413 988 Brittany ferries Tel: 08705 360 360 Irish ferries holidays Tel: 01 661 0533 Molloy travel ltd Tel: 0509 20 350/20 376 Travel around Tel: 01 66 10 622 CAMPING CARAVANING Brittany ferries Tel: 08705 360 360 Keller campotel Tel: 0905 43 888/42 131 Keycamp holidays Tel: 021 277 889 Molloy travel ltd Tel: 0509 20 350/20 376 Navan travel ltd Tel: 046 21 617/21 005 Sweeney travel Tel: 091 841 552 Travel around Tel: 01 66 10 622

USA
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Looking for advice on preparing for your stay or choosing a holiday destination in Brittany? You can rely on the quality and depth of the information contained in the brochures suggested below to help you. To receive a copy of the brochures, simply complete the reply-slip at the bottom of this page and address to: Bretagne Infos 1 rue Raoul Ponchon 35069 RENNES - France We will send you the documentation within a week. You can also ask for Brittany brochures on our website : www.brittanytourism.com

ACCOMMODATION
Hotels and tourist apartments in Brittany (no. 3) An index of addresses, prices and services is contained in this useful guide to choosing a hotel in Brittany. Features hotel chains and traditional hotels offering guaranteed comfort and friendliness.
2005

Htels
& rsidences de tourisme

en Bretagne

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Hotels of charm and character (no. 66) Combining charm and authenticity, these Brittany hotels invite you to sample a genuine French "art de vivre". Modern comfort and a warm welcome are the special ingredients for an unforgettable stay.
2005

Camping, caravaning and camper van sites (no. 4) Organised by departement and location, campsites list their services according to category. Facilities indicated by the guide include number of pitches, towing and static caravan hire, availability of meals on-site and provision of games room. Camping Plus (no. 24) 30 category 3 and 4 star campsites belonging to the "Camping+" chain offer a quality reception which meets the gold standard level of facilities set out in a customer charter.

Bed and breakfast (no. 5) Under the "Gtes de France" label in this guide you'll find all the possibilities for staying in "Chambres d'hte", or B&B type accommodation, where you're sure of a traditional warm welcome from your hosts.

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If you're passing through Paris and would like to visit Brittany, La Maison de la Bretagne can offer documentation and help with arranging your stay. Don't hesitate to see us at 203 Boulevard St Germain, Paris 7e, (nearest Mtro: rue du Bac).

Brittany best breaks (no. 99) The answer to all your demands for your next holidays in Brittany...This brochure gives you the key for planning your holidays: spa breaks, shorts breaks, bed and breakfast, villages and cottages, selected hotels All you need to choice the best way to stay in Brittany. www.brittany-best-breaks.com

LOCATIONS
en Bretagne

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Self catering in Brittany Villas and apartments (no. 6) This catalogue provides full instructions on how to rent a property for your Brittany holiday. Letting agencies offer a selection of traditional and modern properties listed by region and accompanied by a photo. Prices and description of the level of comfort are also included.

GASTRONOMY
Tables et Saveurs de Bretagne (no. 19) The "Tables et Saveurs de Bretagne" brochure offers a guide to Brittany's centres of culinary excellence. The best-known chefs invite you to share the results of their expertise, creativity and talent. All the restaurants recognised by the guidebooks as the best places to eat are included, so that you know where to go to sample cuisine of exceptional quality.

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EXPLORING
Brittanys natural heritage (no. 36) A land of contrast, Brittany conceals a rich, protected natural and cultural heritage. This brochure offers you the chance to discover the regions many faces by exploring on it by foot, bike, horse or even by kayak. Leisure activities in Bretagne Brittany (no. 37) Nature et Randonne Here is a guide to discovering history, geography and science which begins with a journey down through the ages touring megaliths, chateaux, museums and towns. Brittany has a rich natural, as well as cultural, heritage with nature reserves, parks, gardens, zoos and aquariums. Don't forget the full calendar of folk festivals and ftes to help you plan your stay.
2005
Brittanys natural heritage and rambling
S & JB Rabouan

Brittany tourist

information point
You can obtain all the litterature required for your next Brittany holiday at the following address :

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Crperie Chez Lindsay 11 Hill Rise Richmond SURREY TW10 6 UQ Fax : 44 (0) 208 332 0129

Brittany's Cits dArt (no. 22) The ancient heart of Brittany boasts 41 'Small Towns of Character', 'Towns of Art and History' and 'Historic Towns', which make ideal tourist and cultural destinations and are not to be missed. Brittany's Cits d'Art brochure provides information about all these towns. Through beautiful pictures, it presents the beauty, quality and diversity of Breton urban architectural heritage, which is today well maintained.

Golf in Brittany (no. 7) This guide presents a personal view of each of thirty 9 and 18 hole courses. Each course has its own particular features and offers deals to encourage visitors to make the most of this sport in Brittany.

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