Three days in Bretagne
Finally it’s Holiday’s time ! Why not head towards the west of France, Bretagne? The problem is that you’re short of only three days, and you still have no idea how to start your trip? Do not worry!! We are here to help you! You’ll get ideas of places to visit within your three days in Brittany, and thus directly from Edd Hostel! So here’s what to do in Bretagne in three days…
To put it simply, your trip will really begin at your arrival in Dol de Bretagne, Edd Hostel more precisely! The town is the perfect crossroad between all the nice areas of Bretagne. From there, by bus or by train, you’ll be able to reach Saint-Malo, the Mont Saint-Michel, Rennes, Dinan… and much more!
First day, the Mont Saint-Michel…
How can we not mention the 8th beauty in the world here?
Untouched by both time and the constant visit of people, the Mont is a beautiful destination. The best part is that it’s only 30 minutes by bus from Edd Hostel!
The little town inside the Mont is absolutely charming! Indeed, the medieval looking type of village adds a special atmosphere. Walking there feels like visiting a fairytail castle! Avoid the main street and get lost in the small street turning left from the main one.
Its Abbey, which is located on the top of the Mont, is classified as an historical monument and is really well conserved. A little advice we can give you, would be to bring a meal before going there : shops prices could be expensive over there.
But you know, the Mont Saint-Michel isn’t restricted by only its small village and streets… the bay surrounding it is also worth the visit! It personally makes me feel incredible, walking in this huge space next to the sea with this great sightview over the. However, be aware that walking through the bay by yourself may put you at great risk, as the mud gets deep in some parts of it. Make sure to ask the help of a guide to walk trough Mont Saint-Michel’s bay!
… and Dol de Bretagne
After a really nice 1/2 day into the Mont Saint-Michel, the next step is Dol de Bretagne “la mystérieuse”, where our hostel stands!
Dol has a deep link with the History of Brittany. Centuries ago, this small town was the religious former main city of Brittany! The oldest houses of the whole region, as well as its Cathedral, are one part of the huge historical heritage Dol has. Believe me, nothing is more pleasant than loosing yourself in its small streets and paths.
You can also visit the ruins and the remains of the former walls and towers that used to surround the city. I also personally enjoy walking to “Le Menhir du Champ Dolent”, which is one of the biggest megalithe in the area.
For the bravest one, there is the “Mont-Dol“. This lovely hill of 1000 inhabitants, is 4km from Dol de Bretagne. About one hour walk, or 20 minutes if you prefer cycling to it! As we do, we’re sure you’ll love the quitness and the peace that surrounds the little Mont!
Second day, Saint-Malo…
The corsair city, Saint-Malo, which is only 15 minutes by train from EddHostel!
Indeed, the city conserves its heritage even if it suffered during WWII. Let’s head up to Intra-muros, the older side of the corsair city. All the streets are paved ones in this part of the town which grants you a really medieval feel!
Located just next to the sea and fully surrounded by huge ramparts where old canons stands, Intra-muros offers a great view of the sea around.
Ramparts of Intra-muros are also surrounded by magnificent beaches, and one of them has even a natural swimming pool inside it! Two huge rocks could be found on thoses : the first one is “Le grand Bé”, where the great French writer François René de Chateaubriand is burried. If you head towards the top of the rock, I can testify that you’ll get an even prettier view of the sea. As for the other rock, “Le petit Bé”, you’ll find the national fort “Vauban” that you can also visit if you wish.
To get there, direct train in 16mins from Dol de Bretagne or 25 mins by car. You can also check our Road trip article.
… and Cancale
Port city located 30 minutes from Dol de Bretagne, Cancale is well known for its seaproducts and even more for its oysters!
Cancales oysters did not steal their reputation, during the 18th century, kings were ordering them by cart! From Its beautiful little port you can look at oyters parks. Everyday, on the port, stands the oyster market where the fischermens sell directly their products. You can’t find fresher anywhere!
Get lost in the city and take your time! You can get yourself about half a dozen of oysters directly from the port and then enjoy it while looking at the sea… isn’t that nice? You can also take a seat in one of the many restaurants facing the sea.
To get there, take the train to Saint-Malo & then bus 5 to Cancale Eglise. On you get off the bus, walk dosn to the port 😉
Third day, Dinan …
If you just love medieval town, Dinan is made for you. With only 25 minutes of train from Edd Hostel, Dinan is one of the place we highly recommend!
Little town from Brittany, Dinan is litteraly the typical old french village. Its castle, which stands since the 13th century, is one of the best preserved of Brittany. It is like a huge fort and dungeon from the mediaval time, all surrounded by 3km long ramparts! It is pretty unique, even in France, and actually you can even take a walk on it.
All the town is really medieval looking like, with its old stone bridge, its huge Clockwork tower (it is over 40 meter high!) where you might even see the Mont Saint-Michel, if the weather allow’s it! Everytime we go there, we feel like going back to middle age.
The town is crossed by a river named “La Rance” so it has a nice port at the bottom.
Just 25mins by train or car from Dol de Bretagne
… and Lehon
Quiet, peacefull, surrounded by nature and trees… And all of this is just at 30 minutes by foot from Dinan port! Convenient, isn’t it?
Lehon is the perfect example of what a small old village from Brittany looks like. Surrounded by nature, quiet, peacefull… and full of stories! You will be able to find the ruins of the castle the town used to have, around 1034 according to History books. The remnants of it, that you’ll get to discover, are all restored and thus, just for the pleasure of the eyes!
There is also theAbbaye with its garden, which is right next to the church. Those two are pretty well preserved. It is a beautiful place to visit, full of history.
To get there from Dinan, walk dosn to the port, cross the old bridge and turn right on the walking path! 30 mins later you will be at Lehon. You can come back with the walking path other side of the river!
For more information about those destinations, please check these links:
Mont Saint-Michel Click here!
Dol de Bretagne Click here!
Cancale Click here!
Saint-Malo Click here!
Dinan Click here!
Lehon Click here!Bretagne, Dol de bretagne, Mont-Saint-Michel, Saint-Malo