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In the first of a two-part series on holidaying to France with Brittany Ferries, we’re going to look at two different options for your holiday in France - a romantic getaway, or a week of fun with your friends.
If you look at social media this summer, you’re sure to see a familiar scene crop up again and again: bikinis by the pool and working on a tan on the beach. It looks like everyone is going on the same holiday as each other.
If you’re looking for something different, don’t step on the plane. Instead, why not travel by water and seek out something off the beaten track?
Brittany Ferries is offering two overnight sailings between Cork and Roscoff each week, opening a range of possibilities to make your summer 2019 the best one yet.
The Pont-Aven travels overnight and takes 14 hours to reach its destination in Brittany
If you’re worried about getting cabin fever, there’s a great swimming pool and cinema available for use by guests, so there are plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs. In addition, you could be pampered in the onboard spa.
There’s also a five-deck high atrium and you can take in panoramic views as you travel.
In addition, there is a range of shopping options available onboard offering great savings, so you’re guaranteed to find the perfect thank you gift for the neighbour who’s minding your house or the co-worker covering your shift in the office while you’re away.
As the evening moves on you can sample a selection of delicious meals in the a la carte and self-service restaurants or relax with the first drink of your holiday in the piano bar.
For the budget-conscious traveller, you can also travel from Cork to Roscoff on the économie service Connemara, which features a self-service restaurant, a café and bar, a small shopping boutique and en-suite cabins.
Nothing says love quite like a trip for two to France, but if you want to avoid the commercialisation of Paris we suggest taking the ferry to Roscoff with your other half and instead choosing to spend your time together in one of Brittany’s beautiful towns and villages.
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Off the coast from Roscoff is the idyllic Île de Batz and it is perfect for a pair of lovebirds. You will truly feel like you're in paradise as you take a stroll hand-in-hand through Le Jardin Georges Delaselle botanical garden or picnic on the dazzling white sands of Grève Blanche.
There are breathtaking views from the coastal paths, which are dotted with little coves. You can find peace and quiet here among the quaint cottages and rustic hamlets. There are some bars spread along the southern port, which are ideal for a picturesque last drink on the island before you take the short boat ride back to mainland France.
If you’d rather keep your feet on the mainland, the beautifully preserved old town of Dinan is a must-see. With cobbled streets, timbered houses and crêperies aplenty, it’s the ideal spot for a provincial date for two. The walled Breton town is full of character and its quay is lined with restaurants, so it’s perfect for a romantic meal overlooking the water.
For motorheads, why not put the car to good use and check out the dramatic coastline along the Côte Sauvage, an eight-kilometre road on the Quiberon Peninsula with breathtaking views of the coast. It’s well worth exploring the rest of the beautiful peninsula too while you're at it.
The rugged beauty of the coast is best experienced along the Côte Sauvage, which offers plenty of opportunities to pull over your car and enjoy the vistas of dramatic cliffs, hidden beaches and crashing waves. You can also go walking along the coves, if you don't mind being sprayed by salty seawater.
The Côte Sauvage is also a great journey for a group of holidaying friends up for adventure and there are so many opportunities to make lasting memories along the way.
If you want to head away with your friends for a chilled out week instead but you’re not looking for a typical city break, glamping in Brittany is the answer.
Great glamping options can be found at fabulous locations near the coast, rivers or in the heart of stunning countryside from the Loire Valley down to Western Loire, Central and South-West France.
Glamping villages in Brittany have spacious accommodation and offer free facilities all year round, some of which even include a forest spa. Bed linen and towels are usually provided and many offer the use of your own grill for cooking. Takeaway food could be ordered to the camp if you don't fancy cooking and most have a restaurant on site too. They’re the perfect base to just relax and unwind while taking in the beautiful scenery with your friends.
Before heading back to Roscoff for your ferry home, go exploring the nearby châteaux and scenery of the French countryside. Plus there are some great beaches just calling out for sunbathers. Our top picks are the plage de l'Écluse in Dinan, best known from the Picasso painting, 'Baigneuses sur la Plage', or the pretty little plage de St-Guirec in a sheltered inlet at Ploumanac'h.
Brittany Ferries also offers ferry and hotel packages near historic Dinan, the beautiful sandy beaches of Bénodet, the rocky shores of Douarnenez or the market town of Josselin with its impressive castle.
A short stay starts from as little as €219 per person for 2 nights' bed and breakfast and overnight return crossings from Cork to Roscoff.
With increased sailings from Cork to Roscoff, Brittany is now even more accessible, with the ability to enjoy both short breaks and longer stay holidays. Not only is there a choice of two sailings a week and also services; no frills (Connemara) or cruise ferry (Pont-Aven).
Make your summer last longer and enjoy a break in Brittany this autumn. Avoid the hassle of flying and take our car packed with everything you need, and enjoy the freedom to explore at your own pace. Visit www.brittanyferries.ie for more info.