Freewheeling in France

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A popular spot on The Tour de France circuit, Brittany has a sort of love affair with cycling amongst other things.

A more friendly budget-friendly destination – Brittany, with its incredible beaches, canals, cycling and walking routes. Brittany lured everyone in more ways than one. While the prospect of exploring a picture-perfect destination from a cycle or short hikes indeed made economic sense.

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PEDAL AWAY

With miles of scenic coastal roads and plenty of options for inland cycling along the canals, cycling is one of the most popular sports in Brittany, both on and off road. A self guided cycling tour can take you through castles, feudal fortresses and abbeys waiting to be visited. For a cycling enthusiast, the regions is a dream with scenic routes, the most popular being a 175 – km ride traversing across the region. A short break, a 70-km leisurely ride from small town Redon to Nantes, one of the nicest cities in France.

The cycle path runs along River Oust and Nantes-Brest Canal . You can pedal at a relaxed pace to enjoy villages or ‘communes’ en route, stop and sip popular local ciders and feast on a variety of crepes on offer. Just make sure to pre-check the difficulty level and distance of a cycling routes before deciding on one.

CELTIC CONNECT

Brittany is surrounded by the English Channel and Celtic Seaz. The Breton people still follow the Celtic traditions of Cornwall and Wales from across the channel including their own language-Breton. Primary region is divided into Ar-Mor, the land by the sea, and Ar-Goat, the land of forest. It is one destination where people come for long hiking vacations from across Europe and the World. It boast of a beautiful seaside peninsula region, religious heritage sites and beaches. Paimpont and Huelgoat from the inland part of Brittany dotted with magnificent lakes and dense forest.

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WALK ON

From traversing the religious footsteps of ‘Way of Saint James‘ for days on end to exploring majestic bay area Pointe du Raz on foot for few days, walking trails here can extend over hundreds of kilometers and can last for a few days to even months. You can opt for the shortest hop – a 40-km trek, that may completed in two days around Lac de Guerlédan or Gureledan Lake, the region’s largest inland water body and an artificial lake that was created to power a dam. The Forest of Quénécan is located on the south of the lake is called ‘Swiss Brittany‘. The trek in this Lake District is a dream union with nature. Spending the night listening to jungle noises and cooking your daily catch of fish remain the most memorable moments of this trek.

Try horseback rides, kayaking or water skiing at Beau Rivage.

Don’t Miss

Brittany is home to perfect sweet and savoury crepes and is fondly called ‘Cider Country’, being the second largest producer of cider in France. Galettes, savoury crepes, are the traditional food found every where.

BEACH BUMMING

Brittany has a huge coastline surrounded by water on the north, west and south with loads of great sandy beaches in every region. Lazing around for days on popular beaches such as La Grande Plage and St Colomban in Carnac and La Baule and Binodet is another way to enjoy this scenic space.

 

…Information, Images collected from News Paper and Internet