Brittany Honeymoon Guide

Explore the sandy beaches, cliffs and offshore islands of the second-most popular coastal destination in France (after the Cote d’Azur).


Cap Frehel lighthouse

Cap Frehel lighthouse, Côtes d'Armor – Image courtesy of Côtes d'Armor/Creative Commons

Introducing Brittany

Celtic to its roots, Brittany is famous for ancient Celtic dolmens and burial mounds, the Mont Saint-Michel Abbey – one of France's best-known attractions, and the fashionable seaside resort of La Baule, close to some of Brittany's best beaches.


Explore one of Europe’s greatest attractions, a dramatic Romanesque and Gothic citadel perched upon an island redoubt (fortification), 78m high and surrounded by massive walls nearly 1km in circumference.

From the 2km-long causeway linking the island to the mainland you can follow the steep Grande Rue, lined with 15th and 16th century houses, to the Eglise Abbatiale. This 13th century abbey sits on the site of an 8th century oratory and a 9th century Benedictine abbey, founded by Richard I.

Stroll the ramparts that encircle the high-spired, archangel-topped church, which sits on a three-tiered complex known as La Merveille (The Marvel) since 1228.

Admire a series of halls and rooms, including the cloister, Knights' Hall, Refectory and Salle des Chevaliers.

Mont-St-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is located on the border of Normandy and Brittany, around 129km from Caen and 185km from Deauville, less than two hours drive.


Hike across wind-swept heather at Carnac to see 2753 menhirs (standing stones) that pre-date Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids.

These ancient megalithic monuments, some standing up to 5m in height, lie scattered across three major alignments and are located along the Route des Alignements, just north of Carnac-Ville.

Just a short walk away lie the golden sands of Carnac-Plage, which, together with four other beaches, extends for around 3km along the coastline, broken only by low headlands.

When Carnac-Plage gets crowded you can head along to the smaller, more secluded Plage du Men Du and neighbouring Plage du Beaumer, which sit to the east beyond Pointe Churchill.

Regions of France to explore

Côte d'Azur

Ile de France, Paris
Loire Valley


Index of Places to Visit in France

Latest update Brittany honeymoon destination: 13 October, 2019

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