A lot of people might think that the best way to travel to France is to take the Eurostar, especially when travelling to Brittany, which is in the north-western part of the country. You might even think that flying is the best option. However, one of the greatest ways to get there is to drive. Why? well, simply because Brittany has so much to offer and there’s so much to see, the only real way to fit it all in is if you have a car.
People don’t think about driving holiday enough, but they can be much more relaxing, as your car can be a home away from home. You don’t have to worry about the stress of other passengers. Just simply load up the car, get some good driving CDs, and be off on your way. There are plenty of ferry crossings to France to choose from, from a range of ports along England’s south coast.
The best thing about the drive to Brittany is that you get to travel through some incredible landscapes. It’s a beautiful journey after you cross the English Channel, where you snake your way southwards along France’s beautiful coastline, with rolling hills and gorgeous views of the ocean.
Once you reach Brittany, there are no motorways at all. It’s the only region of France with is motorway free. This means that you won’t have to pay any fees for toll roads. Instead, there is a really well-organised collection of dual carriageways. The speed limit goes up to 68 miles per hour (110 kilometres per hour), so the driving is relaxing and enjoyable. Historically, it is said that the reason Brittany is motorway free is because of Anne de Bretange who abolished all tolls. However, in reality it was a law passed in the 1960s to make the region more accessible!
It’s also not far to travel between places once you arrive, meaning you can quite easily do a tour of all the best cities and towns in the region. The shortest distance is between Quimper and Lorient (68 miles) and the longest is between Quimper and Rennes (242 miles).
Rennes and Quimper are the best places to visit during your driving holiday to Brittany, as they are both very different, showing a variety of sides to French life, with a number of culinary classics and traditions. The capital of Brittany is Rennes, and the city is divided in to the old town and the new town, split by the Vilaine River. The Old Town is incredibly picturesque, with cobblestones streets and buildings dating back to the eighteenth century.
It’s great to explore by car, and once you’ve found a hotel, there’s plenty to explore by foot too, such as the art museum, the town’s theatre, and some of the beautiful old squares. Make sure you try some crepes during your stay.
Quimper lies to the west of Brittany, and the drive between the cities will show you the most beautiful parts of France. When you arrive, stretch your legs by taking a stroll around the three different rivers which snake through the city: the Odet, the Jet, and the Stier. It’s a great place to visit during the Les Hivernautes festival. Quimper is famous for pottery, so you can load up the car with various trinkets before driving home.
Brittany is hudely popular with British visitors, since it is relatively close and very easy to get to by ferry. In fact, Brittany is so popular, many Brits decide to set up home there. Property is reasonably priced, and fine locations can be found either close to the coast, or in beautiful rural idylls. If you visit Brittany and fall in love with the area enough to want to look into buying a house there, then check out this useful and informative site: Property in France : Search for rentals & properties for sale with French-Property.com.