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The Granite Coast of Brittany

Brittany - a land of myths & legends
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This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
  • gentle walks around rocky headlands and sandy bays
  • delicious fish and seafood dishes – including two Michelin-starred dinners
  • discover the Celtic culture

With its own language and the highly Celtic flavours of its culture, Brittany can feel like a separate country, which is not surprising given its relative geographical isolation and several centuries of independent rule in the Middle Ages. Its distinctiveness is rooted much further back in history, though: it is thought that the Celts from central Europe first settled on the Breton peninsula in the 6th century BC, taking over from pre-Celtic peoples who put up many of the menhirs which dot the region. In the 5th and 6th centuries, a second influx of Celts from south-west England settled the peninsula, fleeing the invading Angles and Saxons. Their impact was great, shaping modern Breton culture, and they renamed the region Small Britain, after their homeland, Great Britain.
This walk allows plenty of time to immerse yourself in the distinctive Celtic culture of Brittany.
     
The coast is characterised by its variety of landscapes, from calm, wooded estuaries to craggy bays with their pink granite rocks weathered into weird and wonderful shapes. This splendid walking route is a discovery of Brittany’s northern coast, the Côte du Granit Rose, passing through bustling fishing ports and stone hamlets. Our route mainly follows the well-waymarked GR long-distance path, and though you cover up to between 15 and 20 kilometres a day (about five hours' walking), the going is easy, along coastal paths, tracks and quiet country lanes. The hotels serve delicious fish and seafood specialities – the Hotel Aigue Marine has a Michelin starred restaurant.

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