Le golf en Bretagne et Pays de la Loire

La Bretagne et les Pays de la Loire sont bien connus pour leur excellent choix de superbes parcours de golf à la portée de tous les niveaux et de toutes les bourses. Nous vous présentons ici quelques parcours régionaux, en vous donnant un aperçu des équipements...

La Rentrée des Classes.

La Rentrée des Classes is near The long Summer holidays are nearing the end in France and everyone is getting ready for "La Rentrée des Classes". Children have been on holiday since July 6th, enjoying (hopefully) 8 weeks of fun and games. Firstly, teachers will be...

La Roche Bernard

Introduction to La Roche-Bernard La Roche-Bernard is a small town in Southern Brittany. It is a very exciting place to visit for many reasons. The town is situated on the River Vilaine, and plays host to a myriad of small boats in its natural harbour. Two superb...

Local Activities

Whatever your interests, the Brittany / Pays de la Loire region of France certainly offers an incredible range of local activities. From walking to sailing or from playing golf to relaxing on one of the many glorious sandy beaches. Do you prefer a self-catering...

La Brière

A 5 minute drive from La Roche Bernard takes you to the Parc Naturel Régional de La Brière. The park includes the largest wetland area in France outside of the Camargue. It covers around 100,000 acres. Its establishment in 1970 aimed to  protect the cultural and...

Take a promenade en Barque in the BriereA 5 minute drive from La Roche Bernard takes you to the Parc Naturel Régional de La Brière. The park includes the largest wetland area in France outside of the Camargue. It covers around 100,000 acres. Its establishment in 1970 aimed to  protect the cultural and natural aspects of the area. A vast network of canals, islets, marshes and lagoons play host to a myriad of wildlife, and is a bird-watchers paradise. In addition, you can see traditional crafts, such as thatched roofing, bee-keeping and flower drying, fiercely preserved within the Brière.

Beautiful, wild and peaceful scenes on the Briere in FranceHistory

The Brière is a large lagunar depression located in a collapsed area of the Armorican granite bedrock. There, the blue clay sedimentation is testimony to the repeated oceanic movements over the last 10,000 years. In the Neolithic period it changed from a primarily forested landscape to a swampier more lacustrian environment. Dolmens and menhirs testify to human presence during that period. Some megaliths placed here before the formation of the swamps are now sunk in the peat (like the “fossil” trees called “mortas” by the Briérons). Over the centuries, peat cutting, pasturing, field clearing, fishing and hunting, helped modify the landscape. With the progressive decline in these traditional activities, nature started to return the landscape to its original appearance.

Ile-de-Fédrun

In the heart of the Brière, the area around the Ile-de-Fédrun offers numerous opportunities for tourist excursions.For example, “Promenades en barque” are a particular favourite. Visitors can take a trip on a small punt through the labyrinth-like canal system. You can hire punts and find your own way, or you can take a guided tour. Bréca and Les Fossés Blancs are also a good starting point for other organised boat trips. One of the many lagoons in the Briere, France

Saint-Lyphard

Caleches - horse drawn vehicles used in the Briere, FranceLocal legend has it that Saint-Lyphard was once under the spell of a fierce dragon. The beast would only allow people to inhabit the area if they sacrificed a young child each year. Eventually, a hermit managed to slay the dragon by tracking it to its lair, and killing it with his sword. Nowadays, the dragon is gone and visitors can take trips around the local area on Calèches (horse-drawn carts).

Kerhinet

Finally, Kerhinet lies in the heart of the Brière. The village has been restored to look like it would have done in bygone days. The area is pedestrianised and offers various exhibitions of local craft and produce. It boasts a bar and excellent restaurant: we have certainly eaten there a number of times! This is a nice place to stop for a short visit en route between La Roche-Bernard and the beach at La Baule.

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