Bird watchers, fishermen, walkers and nature-lovers in general will appreciate all that Côtes-d’Armor has to offer.
Start with the Pink Granite coast, between Perros-Guirec and Trébeurden, where the jagged shoreline of granite takes on a glowing copper colour. Take a boat trip to the Sept- Iles archipelago to see thousands of nesting gannets. Cap Frehel is also worth a visit with 1000 acres of heathland and cliffs, again home to thousands of nesting birds.
Inland, towns such as Saint-Brieuc have picture-perfect cobbled streets.
The thriving economy here is due in great part to the tourism industry. One day in the department will show you why it is such a draw.
Côtes-d'Armor fact file
Land area: over 6 800 square kilometres
Population: nearly 600 000
Key towns: Saint-Brieuc, Dinan, Lannion, Perros-Guirec, Loudéac
Local property styles: half-timbered houses, chateaux and massive manoirs, windmills and watermills