The Bretons are staunchly proud of their culture and traditions.Their traditional costumes, includes a tall lace head dress for the women, is one of the regions trademarks and the area’s rich maritime traditions are evident in the fishing ports that are dotted around the coastline Its these qualities that makes a holiday to Brittany so captivating. This and the fact that the Bretons are a hugely hospitable race with a diverse countryside and a cuisine to match.Oysters, crabs and sting ray are among the local specialities washed down with Breton cider. BON APPETIT ! !
Protruding into the sea on the northwestern edge of France, Brittany and the department of Finistere is also the most northwesterly point in Europe. Being exposed to the Atlantic winds in winter it has a drama that justifies the name ‘Finistere’ in end of the earth. Its warm summers are thanks to in part to the influence of the Gulf Stream. Breton-philes agree that there are actually two Brittanys. One the 1200kms. long coast, known as Armour (meaning land of the Sea) and the other its more secretive interior, Argoat ( Land of the Woods).
Many of the region’s islands are protected areas for sea birds and the department’s work hard to preserve these natural nature reserves. Other, like the rugged Ile D’Ouessant (Ushant) are accessible to visitors on day trips. Traditionally dependent on the stormy seas for their livelihood and food, old women here still make lace crosses in memory of the husbands who never returned from the sea. Try the local speciality, ‘ragout de mouton’ (lamb baked for five hours under a layer of roots and herbs).
The Crozon Peninsula
The Crozon Peninsula is part of the Parc Naturel regional D’Armorique. It stretches from the picturesque Arree Mountains in the east to the wonderful beaches and coastal scenery of the ‘Presqu’ile de Crozon to the west. The whole magnificent National Park is in the’ Department of Finistere which in turn is part of the area of Brittany.
Presqu’ile de Crozon has in general been undiscovered by tourists as they tend to by-pass it on their way south. The French come in summer but it never gets that busy. The Presqu’ile extents about 30 kms by 10 kms. and in that area the scenery changes from towering cliffs at Point Espangnois with its bracing walks to long beautiful sandy beaches which stretch for miles (there are in fact over 12 sandy beaches to choose from and none of them get very busy). There are numerous delightful walks in forests & moors and we have 145kms. of coastal footpath around the Presqu’ile to explore.
We live in our lovely cottage named L’Ancrage which is situated at the end of a small country lane. There are about seven houses in our sleepily hamlet of Kergalet. Driftwood and Pebbles are situated close by in our ground which covers about an acre. We have a large relaxing garden with lawns flower beds, pond and garden furniture which our visitors are welcome to use. Kergalet is just about in the centre of the Presqu’il De Crozon so we have over a dozen beautiful beaches within 5miles. Our nearest village with bakers is Lanveoc about 1.5 miles. Our main town is Crozon with supermarkets (2 miles) and shops cafes, bars and restaurants. Slightly farther a field is splendid Morgat and enchanting Camaret ( 6miles) with their numerous restaurants, bars and cafes. Camaret is also famous for its artist’s quarter and fort and church on the breakwater.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Richard & Sue Curtis, L’Ancrage, Kergalet, 29160 Lanveoc, Finistere, France.
Brittany Sailing, 12 Victoria Park, St Mathew’s Hill, Wadebridge, Cornwall, U.K
French Tel No. 0033 (0)298170131
Email: [email protected]
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