For prospective holidaymakers seeking to enjoy a cultured break in Europe, there are few, if any, better destinations to head to than Brittany. Located in the north-west of the country, Brittany is already a hugely popular destination among tourists - and given the wide array of activities and sights that are on offer here, it is easy to understand why.
This region boasts a fascinating history that provides a compelling backdrop to almost any activity that you enjoy during your time here. Considered to be one of the six Celtic nations, Brittany is bordered by the English Channel and boasts a population of just under five million people.
There is evidence of human occupation in the region dating back to Lower Paleolithic times, with the first settlers here being Neanderthals. During the prehistorical period, meanwhile, the region was occupied by five Celtic tribes: the Curiosolitae, the Namnetes, the Osismii, the Redones and the Veneti.
Since then, however, the people of Brittany have seen a huge number of conflicts, much of which is referenced by the many historical sites that are dotted around the region. So, if you're looking to enjoy a cultured experience on your camping holiday in France, Brittany is well worth considering as your chosen destination. Spending time in the region is sure to broaden the horizons of your children, as well as mum and dad.
It is, however, important to recognise that while the historic evolution is key to the way of life in this fascinating part of the country, there is more to Brittany than this. For instance, it is one of the best destinations in France to enjoy a wide range of water sports, as the seafront makes for the ideal location to revel in such activities.
Here, we’re going to take a look at some of the best water sports you can expect to enjoy in this scenic region.
Surfing and kitesurfing
The most popular pursuit in the waters of Brittany are surfing and kitesurfing - and there are plenty of beautiful spots in the region to indulge your passion. There are a number of surfing schools in Brittany and so regardless of whether you're a budding expert or new to the sport, you will have plenty of opportunities to take to the water and enjoy the impressive surf that is on offer.
For mum and dad meanwhile - assuming neither of you wishes to take a dip in the water - there is the chance to relax and unwind on the beach, taking in the summer sunshine and leaving your everyday stresses behind you.
Alternatively, you may wish to indulge in windsurfing, which is a huge amount of fun - and is especially enjoyable in Brittany for a number of reasons, including the beautiful scenery that is on offer. Added to this, there is also a great choice of sites and a variety of conditions to enjoy.
Similarly, there are loads of top windsurfing schools here, meaning that you could dramatically improve your skills in the space of a few days. During the summer months, in particular, this really is pleasurable pursuit - and an opportunity that is not to be passed up.
The list of potential pursuits doesn’t end there, however. Among the many other popular activities practiced in Brittany are sand yachting, canoeing, kayaking, diving, wake boarding and water-skiing, among others.
And if you fancy something a little less active, then how about getting on a boat and enjoying the beauty of the region from the Atlantic? From here, you can take some amazing snaps of this beautiful part of the world. It is also an idea worth exploring just because it means that you can enjoy another type of experience on your camping holiday.
Other attractions of Brittany
But what if you've exhausted (or come close to exhausting) your interest in water sports? Well, don't worry, as there is much else on offer in the region. For instance, you may wish to learn a bit more about the evolution of Brittany by visiting some of its hidden gems.
Among the best of these is Combourg, which is closely tied to François René de Châteaubriand, the most famous of all French Romantic authors. The author actually found his inspiration here and visitors will quickly understand why. The country atmosphere is certainly something to savour, while you will be hard-pressed to find a more impressive site than the castle that dominates the skyline.
So, if you're eager to enjoy a family holiday to remember, head to Brittany, as you will be able to enjoy an active and cultured break. There are, in fact, few destinations in Europe than can match this charming destination in terms of all-round appeal.
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