Fancy a delightful trip to beautiful Brittany? We have one up for grabs

By Sarah Finnan

March 22, 2021 at 4:42pm

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A trip to Brittany is a trip like no other.

Brittany should absolutely be on your travel radar. While it's not possible to travel right now, there will soon come a day when we can explore again, and we can't wait.

A place with a rich heritage, delicious food and thrilling outdoor adventures, this corner of France has endless memorable experiences to offer. And we just so happen to have a trip to Brittany to give away!

What exactly does this prize entail? You and a loved one will enjoy a four-day/three-night short break to Rennes and St-Malo with return flights from Dublin to France and train journeys to Rennes and Saint-Malo. You'll spend two nights in Rennes at Le Magic Hall Hotel and one night in St-Malo at Les Charmettes Hotel, with breakfast included in both stays.

What will you get up to on your trip to Brittany?

Well, the possibilities are endless. The areas of Rennes and St-Malo have so much to offer you. Here's just a taste.

Heritage

Meander through the old cobbled streets of St-Malo, walk along the ramparts and tall granite buildings housing everything from hotels to restaurants and shops, visit the Musée de la Ville to learn about the town's rich history and look back at the stunning St-Malo citadel from a distance.

In the vibrant university city of Rennes, you can also wander around the medieval streets, grabbing snaps of the half-timbered houses and visit places like Couvent des Jacobins (a former Dominican friary), Place des Lices and the remains of the 15th-century Porte Mordelaise, once the main gate into the city.

Half-timbered houses on Place Saint-Anne, Rennes, Brittany, FR @Julien Mignot

Food and Drink

These two locations in Brittany are havens for foodies. Local delicacies include kouign amann, buckwheat crepes, cider and seafood platters, all of which you can try in these areas. Rennes is home to an array of fine bistros such as l’Arsouille, Bercail, le Globe, les Darons, le Café du Port and le Tire-Bouchon. Rennes is also home to Marché des Lices food market and a visit here allows your tastebuds to go wild with local flavours.

St-Malo old town is the perfect place to shop and taste local foodie delights. Visit La Maison du Beurre in Saint-Malo for artisan Breton butter. The master butter maker Jean-Yves Bordier is one of the few artisans using age-old techniques to make butter. Bordier butter is hand-shaped with little wooden paddles, and often flavoured with smoked salt, seaweed, buckwheat, or even raspberries. Head to La Maison du Sarrasin, a shop completely devoted to buckwheat and offering caramels, biscuits, flours, different kinds of butter, pasta… all incorporating buckwheat!

There’s literally a Creperie at every corner, so you can’t leave without tasting a traditional Breton galette (a buckwheat pancake), and the choice of restaurants is incredible with choices ranging from traditional French cuisine to seafood and everything in between.

Buckwheat ‘galette’ at Maison Breizh restaurant in St-Malo, Brittany France @Teddy Verneuil

Art and Culture

Both of these areas are a wonderful mix of contemporary and old-school. The Hôtel-Dieu de Rennes is a former maternity hospital and has been transformed into a slick spot combining bistro dining with sports such as climbing. The Contemporary Arts Biennial at the Ateliers de Rennes merges upcoming and established artists to create a cultural experience like no other in Europe. There's also La Criée in Rennes which holds exhibitions all year round.

Rennes is also home to some seriously beautiful and thought-provoking street art.

Teenage kicks street art Biennal in Rennes, Brittany, FR @Arnaud Loubry

Sea Spray

Brittany has coastal stretches that seem to go on forever (over 1,700 miles, to be exact). Dotted with quaint coastal villages and islands you can skip over to for a day trip, this unique seascape offers an array of breathtaking views and exciting adventures such as seaside walks and hikes, stunning beaches, surfing, paddle boarding and glorious sunsets. Stand-up paddleboarding is also a really popular activity - particularly along the Saint-Malo seafront with its long sandy beaches sweeping east from the old town to the district of Rothéneuf. The Plage du Sillon stretches for three km along the edge of the town and there's a lovely walk from Les Charmettes Hotel that brings you via the long pedestrian promenade to the walled city.

Plage de la Hoguette beach in Saint-Malo, Brittany, FR @Yannick Le Gal

Fancy winning a trip to Brittany for you and a loved one? To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is fill in your details using the form below.  Best of luck!

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Brittany in north-west France is all about enjoying the simple good things in life. A peninsula with 1,700 miles of coastline to fulfil your dreams of epic road trips, indulge yourself with good food, and create timeless moments. Sail across the Celtic sea for a sweet salted Breton adventure.
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