25 great reasons to visit Guemene Penfao, so why settle for less elsewhere? This can be the starting point for your exciting holiday exploring not one region of France but three; Loire Atlantique, Morbihan and Ile-et-Vilaine. Situated on these borders Guemene Penfao offers a huge diversity of places to visit in under 65km (40 miles).
Starting in the north and working anti-clockwise there’s Rennes (#1), with a wonderful Medieval heart of timbered buildings, great restaurants, shopping, and an underground that takes you from free parking off junction 5 to the centre for only 2€ return. Rennes has existed as a town for around 2000 years, a capital city since 1532 and kept its historical heritage with monuments, splendid civil, millitary and religious buildings, royal squares, botanical gardens and many street markets. Check out their official website and see for yourself.
Next I would recommend the forest of Brocéliande (#2) with the ever evolving gardens, a magical area brimming with Arthurian legend and mystical scenery. We visited the gardens a couple of years ago and were charmed by what we found, read about them on my blog and visit Brocéliande’s own website for more information .
Number 3 is Lohéac off the D177 Rennes road, The Manoir automobile is one of the biggest car museums in France and a shrine for all car enthusiasts, it’s difficult to imagine that only 10 years ago the building was a farm and now it holds more cars than you can ever imagine at the start of the visit. A veritable tardis, it seems to go on for ever and you don’t have to be a car fanatic to love every minute here . Worth mentioning is that the museum closes for lunch but the same ticket allows you to return after a lovely meal in one of Loheac’s many delightful restaurants – it’s our favourite lunch stop on the way home from Rennes airport. The village also hosts several car shows and rallys every year .
No. 4 is La Gacilly, one of my favourite places for many years, a gorgeous village with cobbled streets, oozing atmosphere, lovely planting, shedloads of artisans plying their trades inviting passersby to marvel at their skills. You will be delighted with the variety and number of restaurants catering for every taste and pocket as well as the fantastic street mounted photographic exibition held every year since 2004 and sponsored by the Yves Rocher corporation who started his natural beauty empire here in 1958. In the last year, the area by the river has been beautifully renovated and now provides you with lovley walks, coffee shop and a Yves Rocher outlet. Here’s a blog link about our last visit there.
5 has to be St Just, not far from La Gacilly this prehistoric site features a meglith enthusiast’s paradise with examples of Menhirs, Dolmens, gallery graves and a pre-historic calander, if this is your thing this ebook is just for you. Even if you are not, it’s still a wonderful place to visit with immense atmosphere and delightful walks.
Well that’s 5 down and 20 (or more) to go but rather than have you go glassy eyed reading pages of text, I’ll continue with the next 5 shortly – watch this space! Of course if that’s enough to wet your appetite to see all this and more for yourself then just contact me for a booking here , we’d love to welcome you.