Brittany is one of the most historically interesting regions of France. It's the first stop for many people travelling to France by ferry from the UK and considered to be one of the six Celtic nations - the others being Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, Wales and the Isle of Man. Though it was united with France in 1532, it retains a distinct local identity, which comes out in the colourful cultural festivals that take place in the cities of Lorient and Rennes, the regional capital, each year.
Brittany's beautiful coast is where much of the action happens. In a region that has forever looked out towards Great Britain - Brittany is sometimes referred to as Little Britain - rather than across the plains of France, the sea has always played an important role. St Malo is one of Western France's most impressive seaside settlements and its old citadel and the Cathédrale St-Vincent are a must see attraction on any Brittany holiday. Sailing is very popular, the beaches are splendid and the region's seafood is world famous - mussels, oysters and lobsters going perfectly with a drop of Brittany's famed cider.