The French region of Brittany boasts a culture that is distinct from the rest of the country, so if you're holidaying there anytime soon prepare for a few surprises.
These distinctions date all the way to an era when the region was, quite literally, separate from the rest of the country, when the locals were forced to put their lives at risk by fishing and trading on the seas.
What's more, the region suffered from poor crop growth and so these everyday struggles helped the local population to develop an inner resolve.
Celtic culture runs deep through the heart of the region and this is evident in the music and architecture that you can expect to encounter.
A brief history
The region was actually independent until the 16th century, but it united with the rest of France following the death of its last ruler, Duchess Anne.
However, many of the locals continue to regard Brittany as independent. And while few people in the region actively support nationalism, the Breton language is still quite widely used.
The tourism industry
Tourism has been a pillar of the local economy since the 1970s and, despite the recent worldwide recession, Brittany remains a popular travel destination.
There are frequent ferries to and from the region, making it easy for Brits and holidaymakers from elsewhere to make their way here.
In a bid to attract tourists, locals have made a conscious decision to embrace their Celtic artistic identity and stage a number of festivals that have such themes at their heart.
Visit August's Inter-Celtic Festival at Lorient, for instance, and you can enjoy a taste of all things Celtic, from music and poetry to dance.
In addition to all the fascinating historical sights, the region is also home to a number of beautiful beaches, which are perfect if you simply want to catch some sun rays and enjoy the spectacular views on offer.
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