Brittany, France’s northwesternmost region, is a hilly peninsula extending out toward the Atlantic Ocean. Its lengthy, rugged coastline is dotted with beach resorts such as chic Dinard and walled Saint-Malo, built on rock in the English Channel. The Pink Granite Coast is famed for its unusual, blush-hued sand and rocks. Brittany is known for its abundant prehistoric menhirs (a type of megalith).
Brittany is also known for its many beachside campsites, its grand castles and fortresses including the Renaissance Château de Josselin and its well-preserved medieval towns such as Dinan, with half-timbered houses and ramparts. The region has a distinct Celtic culture, as seen in its traditional veuze (bagpipe) and the Breton language. In the capital, Rennes, the ultramodern Champs Libres center houses the Musée de Bretagne, tracing the region’s history. Culinary specialties include cider, crêpes and seafood such as oysters and cotriade, a fish stew.