Cotes d’Armor : Administrative Capital : St Brieuc with its harbour and marina. Beautiful Coastline, Pretty Villages, Stunning Scenery and a Wealth of History.
About the Region
The Cotes d’Armor has an oceanic climate with ample rainfall, cool summers and mild winters.
The Cotes d’Armor known as “the Land of the Sea” is situated in the Northern part of Brittany. Its superb coastline with rocky coves and sheltered harbour stretches 350kms from Dinan to Lannion.
Dramatic coastline dotted with beautiful bays, sandy beaches, rocky headlands, and picturesque fishermen villages
- Cote d’Emeraude: (between Cap Frehel and Cancale) : Named after the colour of sea : rocky coves, family resorts with beautiful sandy beaches becoming wilder as nearing the Cap Frehel.
- Cote de Granit Rose (from Bréhat to Tregastel): Named after its unusually pink sands and rock formations
- Cote de Goelo (From St Brieux to the Paimpol):
Hinterland: A region of rich lush green countryside forests, rivers, lakes, and attractive medieval towns steeped in history.
- Lac de Guerledan (largest lake in Brittany) offering many activities such as woodland walks, water sports and even a beach.
- The Lac de l'Arguenon, and the south lake, the Lac de Jugon: perfect for many leisure activities including water sports and fishing
The Cotes d’Armor is a beautiful region rich in history boasting many medieval towns with pretty stone and half-timbered houses, churches, castles and manor houses. It offers a wide variety of character properties such as stone farmhouses, village houses, but also Chateaux, superb Manoirs and Mills built in the 15th and 16th century when Brittany was very prosperous. Obviously nowadays there also the Neo-Breton houses, new developments and villas to chose from.
You will not go hungry in Cotes d’Armor: lots of fresh and varied seafood, fish, and sausages and of courses its savoury galettes and crepes washed down with cider. For dessert try the traditional Far Breton.
The region offers a wide variety of activities and things to do: wide range of water sports (swimming, sailing…), hiking, cycling, golf, and horse riding. It also holds many festivals throughout the year to celebrate the rich Breton culture with its traditions, legends, music and language.
Cotes d’Armor and its listed most beautiful village
Moncontour: A medieval village which has retained its imposing ramparts from the18th and 19th centuries, its beautiful houses, its Town hall and church. 25kms south of Saint-Brieuc.
Other places of interest
Dinan: Pretty medieval town with cobbled streets, wonderful varied architecture, a port, many galerires and museums, cosy restaurants and cafes.
Cancale: pretty harbour town with lovely beaches and known for its oysters.
St Malo: Walled city with cobbled streets, restaurants, shops. Lovely beaches nearby.
St. Cast: Seaside resorts with beautiful beaches. Great for coastal walks along the jagged cliffs.
Binic: Seaside resort with a pretty harbour, a good selection of restaurants and art and craft shops.
Guingamp: Largish town with a main square and pavement cafes. Twice weekly markets (Fridays and Saturdays)
Lamballe: Boasts many beautiful historic buildings and known for its National Stud Farm. Great Thursday market.
How to get there
Airports at Dinard and Rennes.
Ferries at St Malo and Roscoff.
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