A medieval myriad of cobbled streets contrasts delightfully with the vibrant university vibe of Brittany’s administrative capital. Rennes is a multi-faceted metropolis in which the classic and the contemporary combine seamlessly; wander the old town to enjoy its postcard perfection, explore the opulent interiors of pristine palaces; or wander the city’s green lung to experience a sense of serenity usually only found in the wilderness. Aesthetically astounding and culturally unique, Rennes is a French fancy that demands attention from the intrepid traveller, who is sure to be seduced and surprised by the Baroque beauty of the city.
A wander around the evocative maze of Rennes’ atmospheric Old Town will suffuse the traveller with nostalgia for the prosperous past. Half-timbered houses decorate the streets haphazardly, exuding an air of medieval majesty that is only heightened by the quaint market square.
Jump from the sweet to the stately with a visit to one of Brittany’s most legendary landmarks; The Palais du Parlement is a luxurious architectural example whose fine façade exudes an air of imperial majesty. Guided tours expose the building’s rich history, which dates back to the 17th century.
Rennes’ municipal museum is another structure that enjoys the delightful dichotomy of past and present. The Musee de Bretagne is housed in the fabulous futuristic Champs Libre building and takes visitors on a journey into the illustrious past; the region of Brittany’s rich history is recounted through photographs, painting and documents that are sure to capture the attention.
Enjoy a truly traditional taste of regional delicacies with a visit to the remarkably rustic La Gavotte Restaurant, an eatery that enjoys a prime position in the heart of Rennes’ medieval quarter. Sample a sublime speciality by tasting Brittany’s salt crepes, savoury pancakes that come stuffed with gorgeous ingredients such as tender meats and fresh vegetables. (Canalside, Les Lices, Rennes, France)