Must-see attractions in Brittany & Normandy

  • Le Mont Saint-Michel tidal island in beautiful twilight at dusk, Normandy, France

    Abbaye du Mont St-Michel

    Mont St-Michel

    Mont St-Michel's one main street, the Grande Rue, leads up the slope – past souvenir shops, eateries and a forest of elbows – to the star attraction of a…

  • Carnac Stones, Brittany, France
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    Carnac Alignments

    Golfe du Morbihan

    Predating Stonehenge by around 100 years, the Carnac (Garnag in Breton) area is the world's greatest concentration of megalithic sites, with no fewer than…

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    Le Mémorial – Un Musée pour la Paix


    For a very insightful and vivid account of the entire war, with special focus on the Battle of Normandy, Le Mémorial is unparalleled – it's one of Europe…

  • Bayeux Tapestry known in France as La Tapisserie de la Reine Mathilde (Tapestry of Queen Mathilda), Bayeux, Normandy, France, Europe

    Bayeux Tapestry


    The world’s most celebrated embroidery depicts the conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066 from an unashamedly Norman perspective…

  • GIVERNY, FRANCE -3 JULY 2016- The house of French impressionist painter Claude Monet in Giverny is now a museum. It includes a beautiful garden with a nymphea waterlily pond and Japanese bridge.; Shutterstock ID 649707625; Your name (First / Last): Daniel Fahey; GL account no.: 65050; Netsuite department name: Online Editorial; Full Product or Project name including edition: Maison et Jardins de Claude Monet POI

    Maison et Jardins de Claude Monet


    Monet’s home for the last 43 years of his life is now a delightful house-museum. His pastel-pink house and Water Lily studio stand on the periphery of the…

  • Falaise d’Aval, the famous white cliffs at Etretat in Normandy.

    Falaise d’Aval


    It's impossible to miss this cliff, as the shingle beach bends around off to the southwest, with its natural arch and solitary needle. You will spy…

  • The Erik Satie house in Honfleur, France.

    Les Maisons Satie


    This unusual and intriguing complex captures the whimsical spirit of the eccentric avant-garde composer Erik Satie (1866–1925), who lived and worked in…

  • The inner wall and keep of Château-Gaillard medieval fortified castle, built in Normandy by Richard the Lionheart in the 12th century, seen from the barbican.

    Château Gaillard


    Under Richard the Lionheart's command, Château Gaillard was built with unbelievable dispatch between 1196 and 1198, securing the western border of English…

  • Josselin Castle, Brittany, France

    Château de Josselin

    Golfe du Morbihan

    Guarded by its three round towers and overlooking the canal, the extraordinary town château is an formidable sight that remains the home of the Rohan…

  • Museum of Modern Art Andre Malraux in Le Havre, France.

    Musée Malraux

    Le Havre

    Near the waterfront, this luminous and tranquil space houses a fabulous collection of vivid impressionist works – the finest in France outside Paris – by…

  • The Great Hall with famous bathyscaphes in the maritime museum La Cite de La Mer in Cherbourg, France.

    Cité de la Mer


    Cherbourg’s art-deco Gare Maritime Transatlantique (Transatlantic Ferry Terminal), built from 1928 to 1933, was designed so travellers could walk from…

  • The Historial Jeanne d’Arc, or Joan of Arc Museum, in Rouen, France.

    Historial Jeanne d'Arc


    For an introduction to the great 15th-century heroine and the events that earned her fame – and shortly thereafter condemnation – don't miss this…

  • The Great Broken Menhir of Er Grah, located on the territory of the municipality of Locmariaquer, in Morbihan.

    Locmariaquer Megaliths

    Golfe du Morbihan

    This unusual neolithic site on the eastern edge of the village of Locmariaquer (13km south of Auray) sits in an area rich in dolmens. This one features…

  • Cairn of Barnenez, in Brittany, France.

    Cairn of Barnenez


    This enormous ancient series of hilltop tombs is set spectacularly overlooking the Bay of Morlaix, on the edge of the modern-day village of Plouezoc'h,…

  • German defense battery at Longues sur Mer, Normandy, France.

    Longues-sur-Mer Battery

    D-Day Beaches

    These mammoth German artillery pieces remain in their colossal concrete emplacements – the only in-situ large-calibre weapons in Normandy. The first…

  • Panorama of Pointe du Pen-Hir.

    Pointe de Pen-Hir


    Three kilometres southwest of Camaret, this spectacular and sublime headland is bounded by steep, sheer sea cliffs. On a peninsula known for its…

  • The garden of the ramparts, a public park, with the old city behind the walls in Vannes, France.


    Golfe du Morbihan

    Vannes' old town is surrounded by imposing ramparts and gates, which are in turn lined by a moat and, on the eastern edge, simply spectacular flower…

  • The cairn of Gavrinis is located on the island of Gavrinis located in the central part of the Gulf of Morbihan.

    Cairn de Gavrinis

    Golfe du Morbihan

    One of the most special neolithic ruins along the Morbihan coast, this giant cairn is out on the island of the same name. Dating from 4000 BC and…

  • Rue du Petit Fort street in Dinan, France.

    Rue du Jerzual & rue du Petit Fort


    Lined with half-timbered houses, this astonishing cobbled street has been here since at least the 12th century. It leads downhill at a steep angle all the…

  • The Saint Ouen Abbey Church in Rouen, France.

    Abbatiale St-Ouen


    This largely empty 14th-century abbey is a gloriously sublime and quite stunning example of the Rayonnant Gothic style, with a colossal interior dappled…

  • The Eglise Notre-Dame de Croaz-Batz (Church of Our Lady) in Roscoff, France.

    Église Notre Dame de Kroaz-Batz


    With its spectacular Renaissance belfry rising above the flat landscape, the most arresting sight in Roscoff is this unique church at the heart of the old…

  • Ville Close (Walled City)


    This special walled town, fortified in the 14th century and modified by the architect Vauban two centuries later, sits on a small island linked to place…

  • Église St-Ronan


    At the core of Locronan, this beautiful and very sacred church dates from the 15th century. It contains the tomb of St Ronan, as well as a green wooden…

  • Aiguilles de Port Coton

    Golfe du Morbihan

    Just off the western side of the island, these magnificent rock stacks – depicted in a series of celebrated canvases by Claude Monet in 1886 – resemble…

  • Musée des Beaux-Arts


    Extensive collections span the 15th century to the present at the Museum of Fine Arts, plus there is a section devoted to antiquities. The Pont-Aven…

  • Musée Départemental Breton


    Beside the Cathédrale St-Corentin, recessed behind a magnificent stone courtyard, this superb museum over several floors showcases Breton history,…

  • Château de St-Malo


    Château de St-Malo was built by the dukes of Brittany in the 15th and 16th centuries, and is now the home of the Musée d'Histoire de St-Malo, which…

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    Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial

    D-Day Beaches

    White marble crosses and Stars of David stretch off in seemingly endless rows at the Normandy American Cemetery, situated on a now-serene bluff…

  • Caen Chateau, ramparts and bastions

    Château de Caen


    Looming above the centre of the city, Caen’s magnificent castle walls – massive battlements overlooking a now dry moat – were established by William the…

  • Cathedral Notre Dame, Bayeux.

    Cathédrale Notre Dame


    Most of Bayeux’ spectacular Norman Gothic cathedral dates from the 13th century, though the crypt (take the stairs on the north side of the choir), the…

  • Facade of the Rouen Gothic cathedral.

    Cathédrale Notre Dame


    Rouen’s stunning Gothic cathedral, built between the late 12th and 16th centuries, was famously the subject of a series of canvases painted by Monet at…

  • Central nave and altar of church Abbatiale de la Trinite in Fecamp, France.

    Abbatiale de la Ste-Trinité


    Built from 1175 to 1220 by Richard the Lionheart, towering Abbatiale de la Ste-Trinité was the most important pilgrimage site in Normandy until the…

  • The Panorama XXL 360 degrees museum Rouen, France, known for its huge panoramic canvas depicting natural & historic city settings.

    Panorama XXL


    In a large, circular column on the waterfront, Panorama XXL is a massive 360-degree exhibition offering in-depth exploring of one astonishing landscape,…

  • Église St-Joseph

    Le Havre

    Perret’s masterful, 107m-high Église St-Joseph, visible from all over town, was built using bare concrete from 1951 to 1959. Some 13,000 panels of…

  • Tumulus of Kercado.

    Tumulus de Kercado

    Golfe du Morbihan

    The massive burial mound of a neolithic chieftain dating from 3800 BC, the astonishing Tumulus de Kercado lies just east of Kermario and 500m to the south…

  • Eugene Boudin Museum in Honfleur, France.

    Musée Eugène Boudin


    This museum features superb 19th- and 20th-century paintings of Normandy’s towns and coast, including works by Dubourg, Dufy and Monet. One room is…

  • Famous Falaise d'Amont cliff of Etretat, Normandy, France.

    Falaise d’Amont


    To your right and along off to the northwest as you walk onto the beach, the cliff of Falaise d’Amont is dotted with reclining or tottering figures taking…

  • Sherman tank at the Overlord Museum.

    Overlord Museum

    D-Day Beaches

    This excellent museum has an astonishing collection of restored WWII military equipment from both sides; the human dimension of the war is brought…

  • Pointe du Grouin, near Cancale, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France.

    Pointe du Grouin


    A short drive from Cancale brings you to this sublime and stormy headland. Rock cleaves the water and fantastic views range over islands and rocks to the…