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An exceptional heritage and a maritime climate

With 2,900 protected monuments, more than 4000 châteaux, castles and manor houses and more religious monuments than anywhere else in Europe, Brittany is France’s second most important heritage region after the Paris area. It has the largest megalithic site in the world : the standing stones at Carnac, along with dozens of towns and villages that are keen to raise awareness of their rich heritage.

Brittany enjoys a mild maritime climate where rain and sun can alternate within a few hours.

 

Brittany has some exceptional religious heritage : crosses, calvaries, chapels, churches, abbeys, cathedrals etc., and more than 4,000 public or privately-owned châteaux, castles and manor houses.

There are many megalithic sites, starting with the most famous : the standing stones of Carnac in southern Brittany (almost 3,000 standing stones spread over several sites).

 

Forty cities and towns are designated Small Towns of Character, Historic Towns or Towns of Art and History while thirty other communities have the Brittany Rural Heritage label, signifying a rich heritage and the desire to preserve it and encourage others to discover it.


A protected natural heritage

Brittany has two Regional Parks and a Marine Park : the Armorique Regional Natural Park,which covers 172,000 hectares in Finistère, the Gulf of Morbihan Regional Natural Park which stretches across 166,000 hectares on the Morbihan coast and the Iroise Marine Park which covers the entire tip of Finistère.

There are also six large preserved natural sites : Cap d’Erquy, Cap Frehel and Ploumanac’h in Côtes d’Armor, the Pointe du Raz in Finistère, Mont-Saint-Michel Bay in Ille-et-Vilaine, the Gâvres-Quiberon peninsula in Morbihan and the Marshes of the Lower Oust Valley which straddles these two departments.

 

A maritime climate

Brittany has a maritime climate, with many different micro climates within a few kilometres. The influence of the Atlantic currents and sea winds moderates the daily and seasonal temperature variation. However, the weather can change suddenly, alternating between rain and sun within a few hours.

The sunshine tally is good with 1,270 hours of sunshine per year.