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ADMIRE THE UNIQUE CHARM OF THE EMERALD COAST IN BRITTANY

The Bocage du Lac campsite is the ideal base from which to explore Brittany, its fabulous landscapes and towns steeped in history, legends and traditions.  From the bay of Saint Brieuc to the Pink Granite Coast, Côtes d’Armor is the kingdom of sandy beaches and rocky coves which you can discover along the Customs officers’ coastal path.  Inland, discover Dinan and its ramparts overlooking the Rance river and Rennes, the capital of Brittany.  And whilst you are in Jugon-les-Lacs, why not take the time to visit Normandy on the other side of the Couesnon river and visit Mont-Saint-Michel, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture built between land and sea.

You can visit some of the best sites in Brittany during your stay at the campsite such as Saint-Malo (30km), Mont Saint-Michel (a 40 minute drive), Cancale (45 minutes), Dinard (35 minutes), Dinan (20 minutes), Rennes (50 minutes) and Ile de Bréhat.  And there’s plenty for children too including Bourbansais zoo, a human-size animal park.

You’ll soon fall in love with the unique charm of Brittany…

The coast in Côtes d’Armor

The coast in Côtes d’Armor is one of the most beautiful in Brittany and let’s face it, one of the most beautiful in France !  You’ll be amazed by the diversity of the landscapes in Côtes d’Armor.  Craggy cliffs, pink tinted rocks, blocks of granite sculpted by the wind and sea, sandy beaches…  And all of this surrounded by an emerald sea.  These stunning landscapes on the Côtes d’Armor coast are punctuated by pretty towns and quaint Breton fishing villages.

The countryside in Côtes d’Armor and Ille et Villaine

Brittany is full of surprises !  Set off from the campsite to explore Brittany, Côtes d’Armor and Ille-et-Vilaine.  Enjoy a stroll or bike ride along the banks of the Rance river which flows into the Channel and admire the lush green countryside of Côtes d’Armor. Sitting on the banks of the Rance is Dinan harbour lined with restaurants and terraces, a definite must-visit.  Not far from there is Lamballe where you can visit the national stud farm.  In Rennes, meander around the medieval streets lined with half-timbered houses and stop to admire the parliament of Brittany.  You can visit the national stud farm.  In Rennes, meander around the medieval streets lined with half-timbered houses and stop to admire the parliament of Brittany.  You see, Brittany is not just about the coast !

TO VISIT in Brittany NEAR the campsite

Walkers and history enthusiasts will be in their element during their holiday in Brittany and Côtes d’Armor.

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS AT JUGON LES LACS

Not only are there plenty of places to visit in Brittany, Côtes d’Armor and Jugon-les-Lacs also offers a full programme of festive events that take place throughout the summer.

  • 14 July : Fireworks.
  • July : Festilacs.
  • August : Festilacs.
  • 1st weekend September : car boot sale.

Further information on the Jugon-les-Lacs tourist information website.

MARKETS

Your holiday wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the market to taste the local specialities.  Here are a few local markets located nearby where you can buy fish, oysters, shellfish, salted butter and other local gourmet delights.

  • MONDAY : Saint Cast Le Guildo (a great market on the seafront)
  • TUESDAY: Lancieux / Fréhel
  • WEDNESDAY : Matignon (biggest market in Côtes d’Armor)
  • THURSDAY: Lamballe / Dinan
  • FRIDAY: Jugon les Lacs / Ploubalay / Saint Jacut de la Mer
  • SATURDAY: Plancoët
  • SUNDAY: Plouër sur Rance / Plérin

CULINARY HERITAGE

Brittany is renowned for its crêpes, buckwheat galettes (savoury pancakes) and cider and where better to try these traditional delights than in a crêperie in Saint-Malo, Dinan or Cancale.  Brittany is also famous for its oysters, scallops, mussels and other shellfish which you can buy from the local markets.  And let’s not forget our salt and butter, the most important ingredients in Breton cuisine.  If you have a sweet tooth, try the butter-filled Kouign-amann, a delight to the tastebuds !

TRADITIONS

Brittany is steeped in traditions, more so than any other region in France.  Their Fest-noz, traditional Breton fêtes, offer the perfect opportunity to put Breton folklore in the spotlight.  In the olden days, the aim of these dances was to trample the ground with wooden clogs to make a firm earth floor for a house or a solid surface for farm working, which explains the stamping movements in many of the dances.  Neighbours and friends came together to help get the work done more quickly.  These fêtes were also where young people could meet and size each other up on a social level by their clothes or their resistance to tiredness.  Some of the dances were very long and involved complicated steps requiring effort and skill.  These days, Fest-Noz are all about having a good time and gathering together lots of people from all walks of life to share their energy.  So don’t miss out on a chance to join in  a fest-noz during your holiday at Bocage au Lac campsite.

Click here for the programme of Fest-Noz