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Sifex France Guide

The Sifex France Guide provides an informative and comprehensive guide to the Regions and Departments of France. We have put great effort into making sure that our unique content allows you to discover the best of France, whether you are looking for a private French property to purchase, or choosing holiday accommodation.

Our team of authors have an intimate and detailed knowledge of France, and can help you to make the most of any visit, whether for business or pleasure.

Why not read about the region of Brittany or Burgundy, or turn to our guide about the department of the Ardennes or the Vendee. The great variety of French town and countryside, history, heritage and culture is waiting to be discovered.

Choose a Region on the map of France, or select a Region or Department from the list below. Links to the Guide pages are also found on all of our property and holiday accommodation pages.

Aquitaine Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur Midi Pyrenees Languedoc Rousaillon Rhone-Alpes Auvergne Franche Comte Burgundy Limousin Poitou Charentes Champagne Ardenne Lorraine Vosges Alsace Val de Loire Western Loire Brittany Normandy Ill de France Picardy Nord De Calais

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Featured Region - Brittany

The most westerly peninsular of France, Brittany's varied coastline is washed by the Gulf Stream and incorporates the coast of ‘Granite Rose’, the rugged coastline of Finistère. To the south, the long sandy beaches of La Baule, amongst others, have great appeal as well as those to the north round St Malo and opposite Mont-St-Michel. Long beloved by the British, Brittany with its narrow lanes and granite and slate cottages is reminiscent of the west of England in many ways. Whilst there are archeological traces of mankind in Brittany which date back to 700,000 BC, little is known about the Neolithic period which made it the centre of megalithic civilisation. However, there is still tangible evidence of this period in the wealth of megalithic structures around Carnac.

Indeed, it is a Celtic land from the immigration of British Celts who, driven out of Britain in 460, converted the area to Christianity and renamed the peninsular ‘little Britain’. Much at the mercy of the elements, the coastline has many fishing ports, rocky inlets and islands which are home to many species of birds. To the north is the port of St Malo, destination for the mainland ferries from the U.K. and nearby the resort of Dinard, especially fashionable in days gone by. Quimper in Finistère is renowned for its attractive Breton pottery and the port of Concarneau is the third most productive fishing port in France. Fortified in the 13th Century, it has for many years attracted the interest of artists. The City of Rennes is the capital of the region.

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