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The Nantes to Brest canal

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in Brittany

The Nantes to Brest canal - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in Brittany

The canal linking Nantes in Loire-Atlantique to Brest in Finistère is a 364- kilometre-long waterway, interspersed with 238 locks, which crosses the departments of Loire-Atlantique, Ille-et-Vilaine, Morbihan, Côtes-d'Armor and Finistère. It was built in the first half of the 19th century and was used for transporting goods. Today, it is a mecca for river tourism and is a delight for lovers of boat trips. Take advantage of the many cruise opportunities and drift peacefully along the water in the heart of the unspoilt countryside.

There are also many water sports available on the canal, such as canoeing and kayaking, particularly between La Pie and Saint-Péran, where specially designed slides will enable you to pass through 15 locks.

If you prefer to stay on dry land, bear in mind that you can walk or ride a bike alongside the canal, on the old towpaths.

Whatever you choose, be sure to stop wherever you fancy, for the canal has so much to offer. It winds its way through the most beautiful Breton valleys like the Oust, Erdre, Aulne or Blavet. Cross peaceful and contrasted landscapes where inland Brittany will reveal itself completely to you: valleys, mountains, expanses of green countryside, marshes... a truly pastoral picture! Pleasant and charming nature-based resorts await you, certified Stations Vertes de Vacances, like Châteauneuf-du-Faou and Rohan.

To make this bucolic trip complete, don't overlook the splendid built heritage lining your route. Stop in the historic towns of Redon and Pontivy, admire the castles, like Blain Castle... Not forgetting a stroll around the charming small towns of character such as Malestroit and Josselin. Be truly enchanted at every stop along the way!

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The Nantes to Brest canal