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Boating Holidays In Brittany and Anjou

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Cultural riches in abundance in unique Brittany and stylish Anjou.

Brittany has always been popular with the British and Irish because of the Celtic heritage shared with parts of the UK and with Ireland. Easy access by air and sea from the UK and Ireland is another reason for the region's continuing appeal. Neighbouring Anjou is a delightful region where you can combine gentle river cruising with sampling fine cuisine and wines.

The Canal de Nantes à Brest which bisects the Breton landscape was completed in 1858. Napoleon had decided in 1811, in response to a British blockade of Brest, that there should be an inland waterway linking his two most important ports in the west. Our bases at Messac, Redon and Nort-sur-Erdre allow you to enjoy the pastoral scenery along this fine canal. Depending on your time available , you could cruise down to Nantes, following the canal through the Erdre Valley and the Gâvre Forest - a route dotted with castles and manor houses. Nantes has a magnificent gothic cathedral and is steeped in history. Westwards you can head towards picturesque Malestroit and then Josselin with its magnificent castle. Going north along the River Vilaine, you pass windmills and beautiful Brittany countryside to Rennes with its cobbled streets, timber-framed houses and striking architecture. Further on is Dinan, a medieval fortified town with large sections of its ancient walls intact. You may want to cruise down the Vilaine to La Roche Bernard, a pleasant town with quaint streets and an excellent choice of restaurants right up to Michelin star level.

Anjou lies between Brittany and the Loire Valley and is one of France's ancient provinces. It is crossed by the rivers Mayenne and Sarthe which offer very relaxed cruising in peaceful surroundings. Anjou boasts a wealth of châteaux and great estates. It is famous for its fine cuisine and for its wines with no fewer than 28 appellations contrôlées.

Our bases at Chenillé-Changé, Châteauneuf-sur-Sarthe and La Suze allow versatility in cruising the Sarthe and Mayenne rivers. La Suze is just a few kilometres from the Le Mans 24 Hours race circuit. Now there's an idea - motor racing and boating in June - hmmm!

Places of Interest

Angers - You can moor your vessel right in the city centre, which is dominated by its castle - the seat of the Plantagenet dynasty. All 3 major rivers in the area (Mayenne, Sarthe and Loire) meet at Angers. The orange liqueur "Cointreau" is produced in the city.

Dinan - The town is the perfect start/end town for your boating holiday. This 13th century town is set in the valley of the River Rance. Major historical attractions include the Jacobins Theatre dating from 1224, the flamboyant St Malo's Church and the Château de Dinan.

Laval - The town is historically a manufacturer of fine linens but more recently has become a centre for cheese production. The Château de Laval sits on the banks of the River Mayenne.

Le Mans - Le Mans is so much more than the home of the famous 24 hour race. But every year in June, 150,000 motorsport fans descend on the city for a weekend. The city is home of the Palais of Comtes du Maine, birthplace of Henry II of England. The city is also surrounded by one of the finest examples of Gallo-Roman walls in Europe.

Nantes - A city which is annually featured in the top 10 places to live in France, thanks to its residents "greener" outlook and its well kept public areas. The city is full of historical architecture including the castle of the Dukes of Brittany, Nantes cathedral and the basilica of Saint Louis. There is also a number of fine museums dedicated to the history of Brittany. Nantes needs more than one day to visit!

Rennes - The city was ravaged by fire in 1720, meaning that the architecture differs between the north and south of the city. The northern, much more affluent part of the city was rebuilt in stone and is home to the majority of the citys sights. The Parlement de Bretagne is the most famous 17th century building in Rennes. Nearby is the city hall and opera house. The city invests heavily in music and culture, and is home to several festivals in July and August.

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