Boating Holidays in Brittany
Your choice of bases
Nort-sur-Edre River Erdre
Dinan Canal d'ille-et-rance
Messac River Vilaine
The British have long loved this beautiful part of France, and once you cruise its picturesque waterways, you too will fall under its spell. Brittany has almost 750 kilometres of rivers and canals to cruise, and our two bases at Nort-sur-Erdre and Messac give you easy access to this unspoilt region.
Travelling north from Messac, the river brings you to the regional capital, Rennes where modern architecture, a bustling cultural scene and medieval buildings nestle side by side. The southerly river port of Redon has lots of character and must to distract you from your cruise, as does La Roche Bernard, a small but thriving town where many of the houses are cut into the surrounding rock.
This waterway stretches along 84 kilometers and crosses a region rich in castles and picturesque towns. One of the features of this waterway is at Hede where boats have to cross a ladder of 11 locks in the space of just 2 kilometers! Make sure you find time to stop over and stroll through Rennes the capital of Brittany, you won't be disappointed.
From your base at Nort sur-Erdre the river Erdre meanders through delightful countryside. Cruising towards Nante you will pass some spectacular chateaus. Nante has good moorings and the Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne is a must to visit.
Canal de Nantes à Brest
The Canal de Nantes à Brest bisects the River Vilaine at Redon and heads westwards to the coast. At Josselin you can moor up beneath the walls of the spectacular castle and visit the half-timbered shops and restaurants of this pretty town.
Cruising east, you head towards the port of Nantes, the bustling former capital of Brittany which has something to see every month of the year, with its lively calendar of cultural events.
Regional food and drink
Breton cuisine is characterised by the simplicity of its recipes, and the quality of the ingredients used - a simple crepe or galette turns into a heavenly meal in the hands of a local chef, especially when washed down with a glass of cider. As befits a region with such a rich fishing heritage, shellfish are a staple of regional cuisine and the seafood platters have to be seen to be believed. Add a bottle of Muscadet, from the Nantes area, and you can be sure of eating and drinking in style whilst in Brittany.