Brittany is a historical region located in northwestern France. Known as the trident of granite, it has maintained its Celtic identity and union with nature over the centuries. The sea and the smell of salt accompany the traveler on his route through this region dedicated to fishing and with a spectacular cuisine: scallops, better known as the coquille Saint-Jacques or the crackers Gallettes.
It has always been a land of legends, with mysterious places, disappeared villages by the sea and meadows full of intimate menhirs. Today’s El Viajero of El Pais.com relate us a tour of southern Brittany in which we will find mysterious prehistoric formations, medieval towns and landscapes that inspired the great artist Gauguin.
It is a small town which has in its historic center an impressive sixteenth century covered market of 940 square meters. Nearby, we find the Chapelle de Sainte-Barbe, who according to legend was saved from a storm after calling to Saint Barbara. In this entire Atlantic region, the landscape transmits tranquility and the traveler can discover a large number of small Gothic churches in the countryside. As the church of Our Lady of Kernascléden, with stunning paintings that are an example of Breton art in the 15th century.
From prehistory, it has been a magical place, it has about 3,000 menhirs aligned along four kilometers, whose origins date back to the Neolithic period (between 2800 and 2300 BC) and we can see them from the village of Ménec to Kerlescan . It is believed that they could be related to astronomical calculations, religious buildings or fertility rites.
This is a beautiful city with an amphitheater located at the north end of the Gulf of Morbihan. It has a medieval old town with emblematic attractions as the Limur palace, sixteenth-century houses on the Rue Saint-Salomon, the Place Maurice Marchais and the Cathedral of Vannes, where lie the remains of St. Vincent Ferrer, died at Vannes in 1419.
Called the “City of Art and History”, the capital of Cornwall is located amidst hills and valleys between the Ster, Jer and Odet rivers Ster, Jet and Odet. Quimper is also surrounded by a magical medieval atmosphere with its colorful houses made of large wooden beams and the Saint-Corentin cathedral, that was built between the thirteenth and nineteenth centuries on a Romanesque sanctuary.
It is a charming village made up of waterways, mills and flowery bridges over the river. During the late nineteenth century, it housed several impressionist painters such as Paul Gauguin in the summer, who immortalized the area’s landscapes in his paintings, such as beaches and rivers.