Walking & Biking in Brittany

Brittany is famed for its wild, dramatic coastline and its intensely proud Breton heritage. This corner of France has unique traditions and culinary wealth, giving it an entirely different flavour than you will find anywhere else. The entire region has an unexplored feel about it, and it is full of hidden gems. From cycling Brittany's Canals and Coasts, to the enchanting cities of Vannes, Quimper and Carnac, Brittany is waiting to be discovered and there is no better way than by bike or on foot. Pedal alongside its wild emerald waters, sample the delicious sweet and savoury crepes and explore the UNESCO listed tidal island of Mont St Michel.

Macs Adventure has been offering walking and cycling tours in this area of north west France for over 10 years. If you need advice on any of the tours we have in this region, please do not hesitate to ask your Adventure and Destination Specialist who can point you in the right direction and make sure that you book the right tour for you.

Not only does Brittany enjoy great folklore and culture representing the strong Gallic side of France, but it is also blessed with stunning landscapes, both coastal and countryside. Why not walk a section of the famous GR34 long-distance route on our Best of Brittany's Granite Coast tour? The GR34 is nick-named "the custom-officers path" due to the fact that it was originally formed to stop smugglers! Ferry-hop in the Gulf of Morbihan to gorgeous islands such and Ile aux Moines and Ile d'Arz on our Brittany: South Coast and Islands tour or view the incredible standing stones at Carnac on the Cycling the Granite Coast tour. Whichever excursion in Brittany you choose, be it walking or cycling, countryside or coastal, you will enjoy the authentic experiences and the discovery of these lesser-known parts of France.

Discover Brittany

  • The Celtic Folk Music of Brittany
    The Celtic Folk Music of Brittany

    Who knew that Brittany had it's own traditional music, closely related to the Celtic music of Wales and Cornwall? Over the last few decades it has seen a revival and part of a haunting song called "I Wait" ("Gortoz a Ran" in Breton) was even on an episode of "South Park" and in the film, "Black Hawk Down". 

    There is a style called kan ha diskan where teams of Capella singers trade verses and this is quite fast music that is supposed to accompany traditional Breton dancing. 

    There is also a slower type of music such as ballads called guerziou, which are the equivalent of Scottish airs, but only the most accomplished vocalists confident enough sing these songs, as a great voice is definitely a requirement.

    Instruments used vary, but one very much linked to this region is the biniou which is a form of bagpipe. They also use a double-reeded oboes, guitars, flutes, fiddles and percussion. There are also harpists who also create atmospheric music in this same tradition. 

    Breton music can be heard at local Celtic music festivals, but it is also played freely by small bands in cafes and bars. The local tourist office can provide you with dates of "what's on" in the region when you are there. 

  • Brittany Crepes - Sweet or Savoury?
    Brittany Crepes - Sweet or Savoury?

    The must-have food to eat in Brittany is a crepe. These delicious thin pancakes can be eaten on their own or filled with Nutella, fruit or served the traditional way with lemon and sugar. You can also try the galette (as pictured), a savoury pancake made with buckwheat flour (which is grown in Brittany and makes them gluten-free) with fillings such as potatoes and vegetables to the breakfast favourite of ham, cheese and eggs. 

    Found in street stalls, cafes and restaurants, you won't struggle to find either the sweet or savoury versions. It's not unheard of for the locals to have a savoury pancake as the main course, then a sweet pancake for dessert! 

  • Try a refreshing glass of Breton cider!
    Try a refreshing glass of Breton cider!

    The Breton locals love a tasty apple cider - although, oddly, you might find it served in a jug with a mug or bowl to drink out of. In Brittany, the cider is made using an ancient process that makes it rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and mineral salts! The taste speaks for itself being sharp, fruity and utterly refreshing. Perfect after a day cycling along the coast.

    Cider is well respected here, and the Breton apple cider is the traditional drink to have with your galettes or crepes. You can even also ask for recommended pairings with food in restaurants, as you usually do with wine!

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