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Holidays in Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France
Located in East Brittany, on the border with Normandy, Ille-et-Vilaine boasts a stunning coastline and fine culture, especially around the city of Rennes. Running from the Dinard and Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine's coastline is known as the Emerald Coast and features beautiful seaside resorts such as Saint-Lunaire and the aforementioned cities.

However it is these cities that have the most to offer any visitor to the region, especially Saint-Malo that boasts one of France's greatest attractions. Saint-Malo is an old walled town, and within its rampart walls lies a medieval town renown for its wonderful restaurants and quaint cafes. Located on the coast, the defensive town allows visitors to not only walk the ramparts overlooking the sea, but to walk on the beach during low tide.

Cultural sights

However it is not just Saint-Malo that holds appeal for the region. Ille-et-Vilaine is well known for its seafood restaurants, many of which are located in Dol de Bretagne and Cancale. Indeed, Cancale is famous for its oysters.

Historical sites, such as the medieval town of Vitre can also be visited as can the castle in Fougeres. Indeed, the entire region is steeped in history and legends, such as the forests of Paimpont and Villecartier, the latter of which is very popular with families for cycling and walking, while Paimpont's connection with Arthurian legend makes it popular with visitors of all ages.

However for those with young children, there are also attractions to keep the most hyperactive children entertained. Places such as the Cobac Theme Park and the La Bourbansais Zoo are guaranteed to tire out even the most energetic of children.

Regional capital

However it is Rennes that is the main city in the region, and the capital of Brittany. Located at the confluence of two rivers, Rennes has stood since the Roman era and to this day, has remains of the Gallo-Roman City wall.

The city itself has many historical center, with Roman-era ruins located among 16th and 17th century timbered frame homes.

Among the city's main attractions is the Mordelaises Gates, the Notre-Dame-en-Saint-Melaine basilica and the famous La rue Saint-Michel (known locally as the Road of Thirst) due to the sheer number of bars located down it.

All this and more makes Ille-et-Vilaine a destination for those seeking a cultural holiday or seemly a break from the hustle and bustle of the everyday world.
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The Author writes for Holiday Home Rentals who have a selection of Gites in Ille-et-Vilaine and Villas in France which can be rented direct from their owners.
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