With its central location bordering on Brittany's three other départements, Côtes d'Armor is the perfect destination for a holiday in Brittany.
Boasting an endless gallery of ever shifting landscapes, Côtes d'Armor nestles peacefully between land and sea. The locals are rightly proud of its many natural treasures, and all those who visit this mysteriously beautiful place are soon won over by its many charms.
On the coast and further inland, the landscapes are simply breathtaking, the atmosphere unique: a holiday in Côtes d'Armor is an inspiring and wonderfully relaxing experience.
Dinan, Saint-Brieuc bay, Bréhat island, Pink Granite Coast, Valley of the Saints, Fréhél cap, La Latte castle and the Guerlédan lake : Bienvenue en Bretagne !
Just 30km from St. Malo, Dinan is an elegant mediaeval walled town protected by 3km of ramparts with views over the calm waters of the river Rance. Wander through its cobbled streets or down the famous Rue du Jerzual, full of arts and craft shops, and you can’t help but succumb to its charms.
Many an artist has fallen under Dinan's spell and settled in this "Town of Art and History". From the old port, you can visit the Rance valley at your own leisurely pace, on foot or by bike along a dedicated Green Way, or by boat, enjoying everything this exceptional setting has to offer in the way of nature and heritage.
Just a few miles from the fishing village of Paimpol, head towards Ploubazlanec, keep going until you get to the Arcouest headland... and let the magic begin. The Bréhat archipelago is composed of the main island and 86 tiny neighbouring islands and reefs.
A crossing of just a few minutes takes you to this sumptuous "island of flowers", as it's known by the locals, where cars have been banned so that the natural heritage can be enjoyed to the full. Bréhat was the first listed natural site in France.
It is blessed with a microclimate that creates unusually mild winters, giving it a rich variety of flora: the island overflows with hydrangeas, mimosa, fig trees, geraniums, eucalyptus and the island's emblematic "blue queen", agapanthus.
Between Perros-Guirec and Trébeurden, the jagged shoreline, fashioned by the elements, takes on a coppery hue. Defying the laws of gravity, enormous blocks of granite pile up on the heathland and in the sea, creating a unique backdrop.
The view of the Sept-Iles archipelago entices visitors to take a boat trip for a closer look at the 40,000 nesting gannets and a chance to see this beautiful coastline from a different perspective. Back on dry land, the historical town of Lannion is a good starting point for a visit to the rural Trégor area, which is crossed by the river Léguer.
Saint-Brieuc Bay is home to Brittany’s largest nature reserve, with some 40,000 migratory birds belonging to 112 different species. The bay acts as a giant food store for visiting birds and is also a favourite spot for those fishing for scallops, one of its most valuable natural resources.
After a wander through Saint-Brieuc's pedestrian town centre, you can reach the local beaches of Plérin, Binic and Saint-Quay within minutes, or explore the quaint cobbled streets and alleyways of small picturesque towns dating back to the heyday of Brittany's linen industry.
With 1,000 acres of heathland and cliffs that are home to thousands of nesting birds, Cap Fréhel is one of Brittany’s most spectacular sites. Jutting out into an emerald sea, this imposing headland changes colour with every season.
Winding footpaths lead you through gorse bushes and heather-covered heath as you admire nature at its most sublime. The GR34 hiking trail offers breathtaking views from imposing 70m cliffs that rise high above the waves.
On a clear day you may even be able to make out the island of Jersey in the distance. Near Cap Fréhel is Fort la Latte, a striking fortress that has provided a dramatic backdrop for many films.
Surrounded by forest, on the border of Morbihan and Côtes d'Armor, Guerlédan is an artificial lake stretching over 1,000 acres, offering a vast natural setting for leisure pursuits including fishing, walking, canoeing, mountain biking and water-skiing.
Heritage and nature are closely entwined here – the Nantes-Brest Canal, for example, dug by convicts under Napoleon, is now one of the few sites that welcomes hikers, cyclists and horse riders alike. The best way to experience all the beauty and charm of this region is to walk or cycle along the V6 Green Way that wends its way right across Côtes d'Armor from one side to the other.
At the very heart of Brittany, at the gateway to the Finistère département, an intriguing cast of giant characters have taken up residence.
These spectacular granite statues have been installed on a feudal motte in Carnoët, turning the site into a sort of European Easter Island. These stone giants, figures from history and legend, bear the names of Breton saints. The individual approach of each artist means that each statue has its own distinctive – and sometimes surprising – style.