Rightfully celebrated is the Pink Granite coast in Côtes-d’Armor, where the rocks have a mysterious tint that makes them seem not quite natural. The Sentier des Douaniers trail, and the granite lighthouse at Ploumanac’h will take your breath away. Honourable mentions also have to go to Pointe du Grouin near Saint-Malo, Pointe de Pen-Hir in the Parc Naturel Régional d’Armorique and Cap Fréhel together with the redoubtable Fort la Latte.
Anyone who read Asterix books as a child will know that the forests of Brittany’s interior are littered with prehistoric menhirs, dolmens and cairns. These were erected 7,000 years ago, and sit either alone on a hillside or in woodland, or as part of highly-significant complexes that have left generations of inheritors and visitors scratching their heads in amazement.
It isn’t sacrilegious to draw comparisons between the old part of this port city with nearby Mont-Saint-Michel.
Saint-Malo’s medieval walls are majestic, and you can walk along every inch of the ramparts and either look down at the labyrinthine streets or out over the cinematic beaches to the north and west.
On clear evenings you’ll be overwhelmed by the sight of the sun-setting behind the solemn grey stone buildings of the old-town.
Huelgoat Forest, Finistère
In the hilly inland part of the Parc d’Amorique is the lakeside village of Huelgoat swathed in woodland that conceals a wondrous natural rock formations and caves.
If you pop into the village’s Office de Tourisme you can get hold of route maps, for hikes ranging from anything between hour-long circular tours to intrepid quests through the mossy deciduous forest.