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The 5 must-see ruins and remains in Brittany!

Brittany is a region of France with fabulous landscapes and monuments. It was considered independent until 1532 when it was integrated into France and then divided into five departments in 1789. Due to its morphology, Brittany has many places and tourist monuments that make it one of the most attractive regions of France. In this article, we present the 5 ruins and remains that are a must see in Brittany.

The Eighteenth Century Guardhouse

The Pordic guardhouse was once used to protect the village from attacks by the English. It was built in the thirteenth century. In 1793, a cannonball furnace and two cannons were installed. Over time, the inhabitants of the village and protectors of the guardhouse were transformed into coast guardsmen. The guardhouse offers a remarkable view of the sea. Its rocky coast gives it allure as well as its wild fauna and flora.

When the sea recedes, you will find shrimps, crabs, fish and periwinkles on the beaches, ideal for fishing on foot. You’ll also find thorny blackthorn hedges along the trails. When you go there in spring, you can hear the song of chickadees, linnets and finches.

The Roman church of Saint-André-des-Eaux

On your way to Saint-André-des-eaux, you can enjoy Lake Betineuc, which is an excellent place for fishing and sailing. You will also be able to discover while enjoying long walks with your family. If you prefer to hike instead, the place is just as suitable.

The Roman church of Saint-André-des-Eaux was built in the second half of the eleventh century. It is the result of reconstruction work carried out on a building that was once abandoned. The building was demolished in 1892. The history of this church is not very well known given the scarcity of accounts on the subject. It was classified as a historical monument on 13 September 1990 and is an integral part of the Breton heritage.

The remains of the Château de Corlay

The Château de Corlay is a remnant, the construction of which has traditionally been attributed to Henri de Corlay in 1195. However, the attribution of the construction of the said castle leaves many perplexed and leaves room for many contrary ideas, including: “the construction of the castle would rather be attributed to Alain III between 1169 and 1247”. The castle was destroyed between 1461 and 1471 during the Hundred Years’ War, then rebuilt by Jean de Rohan from 1475 to 1493. Due to its ideal position, the castle was one of the highest places of war in Brittany and a recognized site of Breton tourism today. You can get there by car or train. You will also have the opportunity to take a wonderful and enriching walk around the Pelinec pond.

The Pelinec pond is located on the Sulon between Canihuel and Saint-Nicolas-du-Pélem. It covers an area of 13 hectares. It is a perfect place for relaxing moments with the family.

The Gallo-Roman baths of Hogolo

Dating back to the Gallo-Roman period, between the 1st and 4th centuries AD, the baths were built during the 1st century. They have undergone many modifications over time including demolition, modification and expansion. In the past, the baths were Roman baths made up of rooms communicating with each other. There was a room to undress, a cold room to wash your feet, then a warm room where the temperature rose as you went to the bottom. The warm room was reserved for massages and anointing while the hot part was reserved for bathing.

A well-known tourist site in Brittany, you can easily get there by car. They are located in Plestin-les-Grèves in France on the 974th road of the corniche.

The castle of Montefilan in Corseul

The castle of Montefilan was built by the Counts of Montefilan-Dinan. It was built in a very special setting, as it is located between two deep and marshy valleys. The castle has a most mysterious architecture and is an integral part of the French heritage. A very deep well located in the centre of the building would have been used to connect the castle to the Goulet farm. Montefilan has two chapels. The first is located next to the well, and the second is to the north-west of the castle. It served as a hiding place for Father Lesage, who took refuge there to exercise his ministry. To get there, simply take the road to Corseul in France and head to the address D 68,221 30 Corseul France. You will be able to go there with your family and spend a friendly and pleasant moment. You can go for walks or hikes according to your desires.

Do you want to rest or go on a family trip? Guests can stay at the Château de Montefilan. You can stay in one of the guest houses or in an available cottage. Depending on the accommodation, guests can enjoy Wi-Fi, a restaurant specialising in local delicacies, group activities and many more. This will ensure maximum comfort. Charme Bretagne has everything planned for you. Guests can stay in the following guest houses: l’Ardoisierela maison blanche aux volets bleus , le manoir-du-plessis-quinquis and le Manoir du Guern,  and le gîte l’Ecrin in Landerneau.


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