Things to do when camping in Ille-et-Vilaine
A camping holiday in Ille-et-Vilaine is an experience for the senses. Perceive stunning coastal vistas, smell the sweet aroma of the countryside, feel the bracing fresh air fill your lungs, listen to the lullaby of nature and taste the enviable cuisine.
With blissful beaches and a selection of popular tourist attractions, the port city of St. Malo has long been a popular destination in the department. The Grand Aquarium is perhaps the most visited place in the city, while other worthwhile spots include the Fort National, St. Malo Cathedral, Jacques Cartier Museum and Demeure de Corsaire mansion.
The shoreline in and around St. Malo are blessed with beautiful beaches that lend themselves perfectly for a day by the sea. Enjoy sunny days on the sands of Plage des Bas Sablons, Plage de l'Écluse, Beach Nicet, Plage du Mole and Bon Secours beach. Just off the coast, a few tiny islands are well worth the boat trip across the sea, with Grand Bé, Petit Bé and Cézembre highly recommended.
Indeed the emerald coast is graced with several more gorgeous beaches, with many nestled against the backdrop of picturesque towns like Saint-Briac-sur-Mer, Dinard, Paramé and Saint-Lunaire.
Brittany is well known for its numerous fairy tale towns and villages, and the well-preserved medieval towns of Dinan certainly ranks among Ille-et-Vilaine’s best. The highlights of the town include Saint-Sauveur Church, Château de Dinan, Hôtel Keratry and browsing the artisan shops on the medieval streets of Rue du Jerzual.
Rennes, the capital of Brittany, ranks as one of the best cities to visit in the department due to cultural and historical attractions such as the Parlement de Bretagne, Parc du Thabor Public Gardens, Cathedral Saint-Pierre de Rennes and Manoir de Bourgchevreuil castle.
For history and heritage on a smaller scale, it’s a good plan to visit the chocolate box towns and villages of the region that burst with architectural prowess and amazing antiquity. Château de Fougères, teetering on a rocky outcrop is an alluring village of the region while the town of Vitré boasts the quintessential half-timbered houses that Brittany showcases so well.
If you want to delve deep into the heartland of the department in search of lovely walking trails, there are few better places to visit than Brocéliande Forest. The magical woodland is home to Château de Comper and is said to be the forest of King Arthur.