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The Charm of Brittany
Brittany is a province of varied and very beautiful countryside, with rich, rolling pastures and magnificent coastline. It is a land of farmers and fisherman that has provided the inspiration for countless numbers of artists over many years. France's northwest corner has long been culturally and geographically distinct from the main bulk of the country. Its Celtic name 'Armorica', means the "Land of the Sea".

Visitors from all over Europe are attracted by Brittany's many miles of smooth golden sand, its dramatic cliff scenery, its ancient forests, pretty towns and villages, its culture, the friendliness of the Breton people, and the ease of driving on the many beautiful and often little-used roads. There is a timeless charm that this ancient province offers to all its visitors. This beautiful countryside offers you a chance to relax and follow most sporting activities including fishing, cycling and walking. A visit to the old churches and calvaries in the area is a must, along with a visit to the pink granite coast with its beautiful beaches and fascinating rock forms all within a short driving distance. Le Guily lies in quiet and tranquil countryside, amongst green rolling hills and lush wooded valleys in the Blavet valley.

However, Le Guily is not at all isolated and there is an abundance of picturesque towns and villages close by. The little village of Kergrist with its church, baker and grocery shop, garage, bars and restaurants is one mile away. Three miles away is the picturesque small town of Mur-de-Bretagne with super-market, pharmacies, baker, butcher, petrol station, post office, banks, tourist information centre, mini-golf and good bars and restaurants.

The larger historic town of Pontivy, formerly known as Napoleonville, is 6 miles away, with the river Blavet and the Nantes-Brest canal flowing through the town. There are several larger super-markets, a wide variety of shops and many good bars and restaurants with an excellent farmers market on Mondays. The famous Chateau in Pontivy is well worth a visit.

Lac de Guerledan is 4 miles away, a magnificent 7.5 mile long stretch of water surrounded by forest. It is the largest lake in Brittany and one of the finest sights of inland Brittany. With several safe, sandy beaches, this is the ideal place for swimming, walking and fishing.

Numerous water sports are available, including water skiing, windsurfing, canoeing and sailing. Pedaloes, canoes and rowing boats can be hired and cruise boats offer tours of the lake. There are plenty of good bars and restaurants to choose from, and for children there are play areas and mini golf.

The 12C Cistercian Abbey of Bon Repos is a short drive away. Destroyed during the revolution much renovation has since taken place, and the fine façade and the vast size of the church may still be admired. There is a small market every Sunday next to it and some good restaurants nearby. There are also various cultural events and shows on around Bon Repos throughout the year.

Many parts of the coast are only a 40-minute drive away through quiet and virtually empty roads with a choice of beautiful white sandy beaches, fashionable seaside resorts and secluded rocky coves, all unspoilt and clean. Some of the most popular beach areas include Carnac, La Trinite Sur Mer, Larmor Plage and the Cote Sauvage, where you can enjoy swimming, surfing, windsurfing, sand yachting and kite surfing.

Quieter beaches, where you will find nature reserves, big sand dunes and wide, open spaces include the long dune belt from Gavres to Penthièvre. All around the Golf du Morbihan there are tiny beaches and rocky coves where you can enjoy boat trips to its hundreds of islands. There are many historic towns, villages and castles to visit including Vannes, Josselin, Rochefort, Auray, Hennebont and Quimper - all within easy driving distance. Hennebont with its impressive Basilica and ramparts, Auray with it's delightful old port of St.Goustan, and Vannes with its smart shopping centres and choice of Hypermarkets. The recently restored medieval village of Poul Fetan, the standing stones of Carnac and the Chateau at Josselin with its magnificent pepper pot towers are all sites not to be missed. Nearly every day of the week you will find a local market where you can sample the best local produce, seafood, crepes, locally grown fruit & vegetables and wonderful patisserie.

Throughout the year, there are regular antique markets, flea markets and the French equivalent of car boot sales. These are great places to find some interesting collectables or just something very different and very French.

Sports

Golf is growing faster in France than anywhere else in the World, and Brittany is said to be the second best area for golf in Europe, just behind Great Britain. With many excellent local courses that welcome visitors, elegant clubhouses and comparatively empty courses, it represents a visiting golfer's paradise, especially with affordable green fees. In Brittany, the choice is wide with scenic courses to suit all skill levels. All the courses are within easy travelling distance of Le Guily.

Visit www.formule-golf.com to find out how you can play at different courses throughout the week at very reasonable rates.

Fishing

Brittany has some of the best fishing rivers and lakes in France, as well as something like a third of France's coastline, giving a great variety for keen anglers. Fishing permits can be bought for a day, two-week or annual period, and will cover fishing in the whole department. So if you buy a permit in Morbihan, you can fish throughout Morbihan. In addition you can also pay an extra fee to upgrade your permit to cover all of Brittany.

Horse Riding

From beach rides to treks on the heath, Brittany promises an unforgettable time as you explore some of its 2000 kilometres of bridle paths (signposted with orange markers making it easy to find your way on the Equibreizh trail). The diversity of its scenery, its myths and legends and its mild climate make Brittany a unique place and ideal place for discovering on horseback.

Walking

Brittany has more waymarked walking trails than any other part of France and provides an extraordinary variety of landscape and history to enjoy en route. The exceptional coastal path is well known, but walking the wild interior can be just as dramatic, and there are also many interesting towns to explore on foot. It is worth remembering that many secret places in Brittany – lonely menhirs, sacred healing springs, medieval ruins, isolated chapels, rare flora and fauna, hidden river valleys and tiny islands across narrow causeways that vanish at high tide – are only accessible on foot.

Cycling

Cycling is very popular in Brittany; the roads are uncrowded and well maintained and there are many off-road cycle routes in the area. Enjoy long leisurely cycle rides along the well-maintained River Blavet towpath. It is possible to cycle for many miles on the level towpath and a great way to discover the area. For a more energetic ride, explore the local country lanes and cycle routes

Watersports

The choice of watersports is huge: dinghy sailing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, jetskiing, kite surfing, canoeing, body surfing, canoeing, sand yachting, scuba diving, waterskiing, parascending, and motor or sail cruising.

Other sports & activities

Tennis courts, archery, clay pigeon shooting, quad biking and go karting can also be found in the local area.


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