Wheelchair accessible activities in Brittany, France.
We hope to be able to give you some ideas of what is available to visit, smell, see, touch and taste throughout this beautiful area. Although that is all this is IDEAS. It is entirely up to you as to how you want to spend your time with us, you may just want time to spend relaxing on the accessible beach and topping up your tan, maybe you are interested in history and architecture. For the ladies (obviously not discounting the men!) there are plenty of shopping opportunities, but whatever you fancy there is something for everyone.
Thalassotherapy (a bit like a mud bath)
Brittany is the birthplace of Thalassotherapy. Because of the invigorating climate and bracing sea air it has been proven that it is excellent for restoring fitness. From full body mud wraps, to body massages using the benefits of the ocean you may want to spend a day pampering yourself.
There are 31 golf courses in Brittany, with 10 being found in the Côtes d’Armor area.
Water Sports and Activities
Brittany is an ideal location for water sports and activities, with 3500 kilometres of coastline and several rivers and lakes. There are several sailing schools and water sports centres, who all offer a vast range of activities throughout the year.
In addition to sailing there are several alternatives on offer, rowing, sea and river canoe and kayaking, sand yachting and sand sailing, diving and undersea sports, surf and body boarding to name but a few.
Here are some famous Breton Races for the sailors amongst you
Spi Ouest-France at Trinité sur Mer (Easter week-end)
The Obelix Trophy at Bénodet (1st week-end in May)
The Québec-St Malo (every 4 years)
The Route Du Rhum, from Saint-Malo to Pointe-à-Pitre (November, every 4 years)
The opportunity to go fishing, whether it is sea or fresh water is available here. Large Carp can be found in some fresh water lakes, with several commercial fishing lakes available within a two-hour drive. If you prefer sea fishing, then accessible trips can be arranged.
If you are at all interested in birds, do not forget to pack your binoculars. Brittany’s location on the western seaboard makes it the first landfall for a wide variety of migrant birds. Gannets and Puffins are found on the coastal reserves and during spring and summer nesting birds can be seen. The public are not allowed on the reserves but the birds can be watched and seen from several boat trips.
Brittany has 4000 chateaux, manors and stately homes built in the Middle Ages, the Renaissance or subsequent centuries. For a long time ravaged by feudal struggles during the Middle Ages, Brittany was the site of many bloody battles to repulse French or English invaders. Over the centuries, a defensive ring of castles was constructed. These fortresses, always built in granite, are the witnesses to an era, and are distinguished by their architectural diversity.
Brittany has always been famous for its legends, and features many tales and magical places. They are made up of fact and fiction and are lively and everlasting. Several local towns host poetry and readings throughout the year telling some of the amazing local legends
Brittany has its fair share of gastronomic delights, with several highly rated restaurants dotted throughout the area. Two local dishes feature highly throughout area:
The seafood platter is a dish that stands out from the rest, a combination of love for and an abundance of shellfish and crustaceans, and it is a dish for those who take the time to relish it. It is served on a bed of seaweed, with classic rye bread and white bread, fresh mayonnaise and other sauces.
Crepes and Galettes are indisputable part of the Breton culinary history. The main difference between the two lies in the making of the batter. The batter for Crepes is sweet, made with Wheat Flour whereas the batter for Galettes is savoury, and uses Buckwheat Flour.
Both come with a variety of fillings ranging from ham, cheese, sausage through to fruit, cream, chocolate and the classic of butter and sugar.
Whatever tempts your fancy, or whatever you fancy trying there is something for everyone that offers good value for money and will even tempt you off that diet!
Arts and Crafts
If you are interested in Art or Photography the diverse landscape, the history and coastal area offers opportunities to all. There are several towns and villages that display local work, and exhibitions can be found dotted throughout the summer in many towns.
Potters and Artists studios can be found in many towns and you can watch the design process and skill of the artists for as long as you like.
There are concerts, festivals and fest-noz, that all offer you an exciting nightlife. They can be traditional through to the loudest rock/pop festival of them all, whatever you are into then it can be found here…..you will be guaranteed a late night!
For those of you who love any music genre, Breton concert cafés and bars host popular and little known, national, regional or local groups on a regular basis. Several towns and villages hold music evenings especially in the summer months so you could sit in the square sipping your drinks whilst listening to a great evening of music.
So many choices and so little time! If you cannot decide what you want to do then local markets are held everyday in the surrounding towns, maybe just go for a wander that will tempt your taste buds just in time for lunch!