Brittany is situated in the North West coast of France and is an ideal family holiday destination – particularly if you are travelling from the UK and Ireland as you can take the ferry. Brittany’s clean, sandy beaches are great for babies and toddlers and there are a number of family resorts dotted along the endless and stunning coastline.
The seaside towns have plenty of restaurants to suit all budgets and families will also have a huge choice of accommodation including campsites, hotels, gites and guesthouses providing bed and breakfast. You will be able to get all of your baby and toddler essentials in the towns and cities. The selection of baby food is excellent. Many of the smaller towns charge exorbitant prices for kids clothes and beach toys so make sure you bring these with you if possible.
Brittany is made up of four departments – Finistere, Cotes D’armor, Morbihan and Ille et Vilaine – each offering something different for families. Brittany’s most striking towns are the walled medieval cities such as Dinan, Vitré and the ports of St-Malo in the north and Vannes in the south. Concarneau has a wonderful fortress with a museum, park and restaurants inside.
Finistere is a great option for families. It is an hour from Roscoff and there are plenty of activities and campsites suitable for families with younger kids. The city of Breast has Oceanopolis. a large aquarium with some striking displays and Pont Aven is an idyllic little hamlet with a lovely market which is held once a week. Port Manec’h is set at the mouth of the Aven Estuary and was one of the great holiday centres of the Belle Epoque.
There are loads of castles and forts, particularly in the western more Celtic part of the region. There are also plenty of adventure parks, nature sanctuaries, gardens, zoos and aquariums. Brittany is also the home of the perfect crêpe, both sweet and savoury.
When to Go
It gets quite warm during the peak season of July and August. Prices are also at their highest. However, if you travel outside of peak season, you will find most tourist attractions open between March and October. The sea is warm enough to swim in between around mid-June and mid-September. Don’t rule out visits during the colder months, either – the countryside is beautiful, and there are plenty of opportunities for coastal walks and for visiting the sights when they are not so crowded.
The best way to see Brittany is by car and the roads are all toll free. There are excellent train and bus routes serving the region. See SNCF for more information. If you are travelling with a baby or toddler, most trains will be equipped with a baby changing table and many stations will have stroller accessible platforms however, be prepared to carry your stroller up a few steps. If you decide to travel by bus you will need to stow your stroller under the bus on longer journeys however many of the more local buses are stroller accessible and you should be able to wheel your stroller onto the bus and park it provided it is not too busy. Under 4’s travel free on public transport in France.