Two of the closest destinations for British travellers to France, Normandy and Brittany each have quite distinct personalities.
Normandy offers history – from the Vikings through the middle ages to the second world war. Seen as a gateway to the heart of France, the region bears the traces of many an invasion. Creamy brie and camembert, seafood platters, crisp apple tarts and calvados make up the local fare. A backdrop of spectacular white chalk cliffs, homely timber framed farmhouses and ancient fruit orchards make for a calm and relaxing break. Normandy has more to offer than you may realise.
Brittany offers crêpes and cider, dolmens, sea shanties and a strong Celtic feel. Crashing Atlantic waves at the foot of granite cliffs with remote coastal paths give the feeling of liberty that has fuelled the Breton character for centuries.
Cross to Saint Malo or fly to Rennes or Nantes and explore towns such as Morlaix, Carnac and Concarneau.