Nature activities in Brittany
One single province with two strong characters. There is maritime Brittany, the heathlands of the Crozon peninsula, the rocks in the major site of the pointe du Raz, the dunes of Gâvres-Quiberon, the reefs of Cap Fréhel, the inland Brittany from the Monts d'Arrée to the "Marches" (steps) of Brittany (the historic frontier of the ancient dukedom), and also the deep, mysterious forests, including that of Paimpont also known as "Brocéliande," which have given rise to so many Celtic legends. It's also the scene of the tales of King Arthur and Merlin the Magician.
For hiking, the GR 34 is an emblem of Brittany, as it follows close to the coastline and the famous customs officers' path, passing among the astonishing rocks of pink granite in Perros-Guirec or the delightful shores of the golfe du Morbihan, a real ocean "Riviera"! The GR 380 crosses the Monts d'Arrée (rounded hills reaching an altitude of 400m on average) and its wild countryside, near Huelgoat and Landivisiau.
The mountain biking site of the Monts d'Arrée provides some wonderful sensations for cyclists. There is also a delightful family cycle path (green route) that stretches 17 km along the Rance (in the region of Dinard, a medieval town), the river which flows into the sea near Dinan and Saint-Malo, and other superb little towns in the Côtes d'Armor. To the south, a green route runs through the charming green vallée de l'Oust, between Mauron-Questembert and the region of Vannes. This will soon extend as far as the Rhyuis peninsula.
Still to the south of Brittany, the canal de Nantes à Brest provides banks that are ideal for cyclists as well as extremely pleasant for river activities. It flows through towns and villages full of character, such as Malestroit and Josselin, crowned with a powerful and magnificent castle.