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Western France

Visit Western France

Introduction

Western France, like many areas of France, is quite distinct from its neighbours. Though situated across the sea from the British Isles, the area has as much in common with the Celtic traditions of Wales, Scotland and Ireland as it does with France, thanks largely to its close historical links with nations across the Channel.

Western France is a region obsessed with the sea and here you'll find some of the country's loveliest coastal towns and ports. In Brittany, the cities of Brest and Rennes roll steadily with the swells of the Atlantic as yachts and fishing boats dart across its bays and fresh seafood restaurants swell to capacity in the summer months.

In Normandy, ancient landmarks document the region's incredible seafaring past, nowhere more clearly than in Bayeux where the Bayeux tapestry - depicting the Norman Conquest of England - is on display. Nantes, Normandy's former capital, was previously a shipbuilding town. Though the industry has since declined, the city, which is set on the banks of the Loire River, has a growing young population and is considered one of Europe's most liveable cities.

The medieval town of Rouen, where Joan of Arc was put to death, the iconic abbey of Mont St-Michel and the D-Day landing beaches and memorials are other attractions that can be factored into a Western France holiday.

Cross-Channel ferries and a number of regional airports make this one of the easiest regions of France to travel to from the UK. It's also well served by high-speed trains, meaning that it can easily be combined with a visit to Paris or other parts of the country. Western France is also an ideal self-drive tour destination, easy to explore, and with a stunning coastline that makes it a popular choice for families.

Special offers in Western France

The Seine: Paris & Normandy on Uniworld

8-day rail and river cruise from £3,515 pp

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Tailor-made rail and river cruise holiday

Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Richard the Lionheart’s Chateau Gaillard, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.

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Top itineraries in Western France

Paris & The Loire Valley

9-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,090 pp incl. flights

The Loire is the longest river in France, rising from the Massif Central and flowing 620 miles to the Atlantic Ocean, passing beautiful rolling countryside, some of France's finest vineyards, picturesque villages and an incredible concentration of grand country chateaux.

The Seine: Paris & Normandy on Uniworld

8-day rail and river cruise from £3,515 pp

Special
offer

Tailor-made rail and river cruise holiday

Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Richard the Lionheart’s Chateau Gaillard, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.

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Where to go in Western France

Normandy

Normandy is a part of France with a lot to shout about. Once one of the most powerful parts of medieval Europe, Normandy is home to Rouen - one of France's oldest cities and home to the Bayeux tapestry, a 70-metre embroidered cloth dating from the 11th century that is among the world's most famous …

Pays de la Loire

Pays de la Loire is a modern region of France, created by the French government in the late 20th century. It encompasses parts of the much older provinces of Anjou, Brittany, Maine and Poitou and parts of the Loire Valley, one of France's most popular holiday destinations.

Brittany

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.

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When to go to Western France

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