Step back in time
How can you learn about history even faster than you do at school? By visiting some of Brittany’s most important landmarks and monuments of course! It’s a well-known fact that it’s easier to learn when you’re having fun so remembering all those dates, events and historical figures will be child’s play!
Following in the footsteps of Cro-Magnon man
Do your children dream of becoming famous archaeologists? Brittany and its vast Neolithic heritage is the perfect place to step back in time to the days of the Cro-Magnon. Around 6,000 years ago, megaliths were popping up all over the place! With 3,000 menhirs, Carnac is one of the finest megalithic examples and is even considered to be one of the greatest neolithic sites in the world. In Gavrinis, Barnenez and La Roche-aux-Fées, tumuli, cairns, dolmen and gallery graves are each more impressive than the last, here on the Breton peninsula. But what were these giant stones, each weighing several tons, actually used for? How did our ancestors erect them? At the numerous children’s workshops organised in the area, your little explorers will find the answers to all their questions.
Following in the footsteps of medieval knights
O ye, o ye, good people! You are entering a land of chivalry, princesses, troubadours and minstrels. In many of its old cities, Brittany has preserved the remains of its medieval past. In Dinan, Vannes and Quimper you’ll still find some old timber-framed houses proudly showing off their ‘striped’ facades. The castles at Fougères, Fort La Latte and La Hunaudaye have retained their drawbridges, dungeons and wall-walks. During the medieval festivals, the whole family can relive the atmosphere of days gone by, and blend into the background by dressing up in traditional costume. Enjoy jousting tournaments, juggling shows, costumed parades...
Following in the footsteps of Merlin the magician
Abracadabra! As if by magic you’ll find yourself transported to the land of legends. With both its history and its mystical mythology, Brittany invites you into another world. As well as some of the more famous characters who haunt the forests of Brocéliande, such as Sir Lancelot, the Lady of the Lake and well-known wizard, Merlin, you mind just find yourself following in the steps of the ‘korrigans’, those cheeky Breton leprechauns, a mermaid or two, or even the mythical Ankou, all of whom once roamed the winding pathways of Brittany. But have no fear: your children will be delighted to explore this magical place. There are a wealth of places to visit: Brocéliande forest with its ‘Centre de l'Imaginaire Arthurien’, the Monts d'Arrée, the forest of Huelgoat – all with unusual visits, story-telling and games to help you discover this enchanting land of legend.
Following in the footsteps of Captain Hook and Jack Sparrow
Ship ahoy! If your children are mad about Captain Hook and Jack Sparrow, then let them loose in the land of legendary French privateer Robert Surcouf. In the 17th century, Brittany was simply overflowing with privateers, returning home with their holds full of booty, and pirates keen to steal these treasures from distant shores for themselves. The legacy of this era and the rather violent coexistence that prevailed between the two includes the Château du Taureau, the Vauban fortifications at Saint-Malo, Camaret and Brest, impressive tall ships and numerous ‘malouinières’, the substantial homes built by wealthy ship owners in and around Saint-Malo.