We chose to visit the Côtes d’Armor and were pleased to find an individual map of the area as well as advice on how to get to this specific area, not just Brittany as a whole.
We based our stay around the beautiful Côte d’Emeraude on the eastern coast of the area, and although the airport of Dinard is just short of an hour’s drive away, we were pleased that we took the guide’s advice and took the car, arriving via the Eurostar and driving down to the area.
Our beautiful gîte (booked via Gîtes de France ) on a small working dairy farm and was less than a ten minute drive from some beautiful beaches, and lovely little towns.
Our gracious hosts even allowed us to join in at milking time (and try some milk fresh from the cow – an experience I won’t be repeating.
Again, the guide came up trumps, recommending the stunning resort of Le Val-André, with its expansive, wide central beach and amazing seafood restaurants.
If you visit, try to catch the famous waiters’ race, where all the local waiters and waitresses, complete with trays full of drinks, race along the seafront.Hysterical.
Dipping into the guide once again, we chose to visit the Chateau de la Hunaudaye and the stunning Fort La Latte,a partially ruined 13th century castle with some amazingly spooky chambers and towers and the stunning fortified medieval castle, dramatically perched on a sheer drop of razor-sharp cliffs and reached via a beautiful, winding footpath – a treat in itself -where the boys managed to get right to the top of the highest turret for a stunning view of Cap Fréhel, while their mother gibbered incoherently and begged to get down.
The Frommer’s Guide’s strong point is the sheer diversity of information – from energetic family things to see and do, great restaurant recommendations and fun ‘touristy’ things to experience, through to beautiful places where all you need to do is ‘just be’ and, of course, enjoy the view.
No doubt we’ll be back to Brittany in the future, and I’ll be clutching ‘Brittany with your family’.We found it invaluable.