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Brittany, one of France's 22 metropolitan regions, is known for its rugged coast and people who have stubbornly fought to preserve their unique Celtic culture and language. A great trave, less than 3 hours from Paris by fast train (TGV).

Brittany's almost 3,000km of coastline represents a third of that of all of France. It attracts most visitors and is largely rock-bound, mixed with fine sand beaches. In the north, there is the Emerald Coast which is the shoreline of Ille-et-Vilaine and that of Côtes-d'Armor east of Pléneuf-Val-André. Also in Côtes-d'Armor is the Pink Granite Coast between Plestin-les-Grèves and Louannec. The beach on the Baie des Trépassés in Finistère at France's western tip is unspoiled and popular with surfers. On the Morbihan coast, Quiberon and Carnac are the popular beach resorts.

There are a number of islands off the coast worth a visit, such as Ile Bréhat, off the northern coast and Belle-Ile-en-Mer off Morbihan.

Brittany comprises four departments. The two-digit number is the department's code and also the start of its postal code.

Côtes-d'Armor(22): The Emerald and Punk Granite Coasts. Dinan, a well-preserved medieval river port, a must for the Brittany visitor. Tréguier with its 14th century cathedral. Paimpol is on the list of "Grand Sites of France" and has a ferry to the Ile Bréhat.

Finistère(29): Quimper, the capital, dates back to the Roman period and has a historic center. Morlaix another worthwhile destination with its attractive port and old city quarter. Brest is a French Naval Base.

Ille-et-Vilaine(35): The Emerald Coast. Rennes, capital of Brittany, a city of 200,000. Fougères with its renowned castle and medieval quarter. Medieval Vitré with its impressive chateau complex. Cancale, the oyster capital of Brittany. The Rance Tidal Power Station, an exciting novel way of generating electric power.

Morbihan(56): Prehistoric standing stones at Carnac. The cities of Vannes and Auray. The Chateau Josselin, originally constructed in 1370. La Trinité-sur-Mer is the hangout of the yachting set. Lorient has a submarine base and museum.
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