Vannes at night
The capital of Brittany, Rennes is a bustling city. Parts of it were ravaged by fire in 1720, but some older medieval buildings still remain and these are interspersed with attractive more modern buildings including riverside buildings - many of which are reminiscent of Paris and the Seine.
It has a number of museums - including interactive displays and lots for children to do, as well as the 'Eco' museum which details the development of Rennes throughout the ages but again includes lots for children to do.
The walled town of Vannes is well worth a day trip - especially if you combine a visit to the town with a boat trip road the gulf of Morbihan - Boats leave from the medieval port within Vannes.
Vannes itself has two famous districts - the honeycomb of narrow streets with their multi-coloured half timbered buildings found in the ville de bois (town of wood), whilst walkable city ramparts and ville de pierre (town of stone) includes areas that date back to Roman times.
A favourite residency of the Dukes of Brittany means numerous historic buildings and multiple museums, or alternatively wander round the shops and markets, or pause for a drink on one of the cafes giving you time to soak up the atmosphere and admire the architecture
Brittany has a wealth of medieval towns and cities. Here are some of our favourites.
Ramparts of Vannes
A compact medieval town, less than 90 minutes from us is famed for it beauty. Narrow streets, half-timbered buildings and impressive ramparts. All accessible on foot, or take a tour on the Petit Train de Dinan. The rampart walk is about 3km.
Before William the Conqueror invaded Britain, he came to Brittany and drove Conan (Duke of Brittany) out of Dinan castle.
Every single one of our visitors who have gone there have recommended it!
One of the cobbled streets of Dinan