Mont St Michel is one of the worlds most visited tourist sites, with justified cause. An easy car journey from the gites, its possible to have a pleasant day out here.
For those with younger families its possible to view the island from a distance and then spend the day in the rather excellent reptile park nearby!
For lovers of contemporary art the Orniris Art gallery offers a regularly changing display of world class contemporary art whilst the Musee des Beaux-Arte de Rennes hosts excellent exhibitions of art and cultural exhibits, including Rubens, Veronese, Toudouze Eros & Aprhodite as well as works by Picasso and others.
Rennes is the capital of Brittany and is an easy drive from the gites - mainly dual carriageway. Rennes has a number of well recognised museums including the Musee de Bretagne.
Brittany has a rich culture that often crops up in unexpected places - the picture to the right is of a modern art installation in the dungeons of the castle at Pontivy. Lots of the small villages and towns of the area have their own small museums and art galleries.
Musical and cultural concerts and shows often use open air venues during the summer and local churches and chapels all year round, for example visiting choirs or Handel's Messiah with over 70 singers. The concerts are sometimes well publicised, but for many of the museums you can be meandering through the villages and you just spot a small sign; this type of exploration can be fantastic fun. We have listed some of the links and some of the larger sites here, to give a flavour of the depth and breadth available, and you will find many more in your welcome information pack in each cottage.
Choral music and High Mass in a Cathedral ( Sainte-Anne d'Auray), or Carmen in a custom built concert hall for £5? How about Ibrahim Maalouf and a full symphony orchestra? Or why not go to watch the Moscow Theatre Ballet perform Romeo & Julliet?
There a lots of local performances with quite spectacular displays. The local town of Pontivy regularly hosts events shows with over 200 dancers - for example 31.05.14-01.06.14 - a 3 hour "Danse Modern Jazz", with other local towns host Hip-Hop festivals. Modern Dance Events.
There is a rich culture locally, especially of jazz, with lots of local villages and towns hosting small concerts, larger organised events can be found here.
This museum pulls together many famous Breton artists with over 400 works of art.
Its worth noting that this museum has made a special effort to accommodate disabled visitors.
Dedicated to the world famous Breton Artist this museum is just over half an hour from the gites. It also has visiting exhibitions. The museum is housed in an old timber framed building.