Romantic brittany covers 27 towns among which saint-leger-des-pres, only 8 kms from combourg.
Romantic brittany is a vast territory south of saint-malo, and is an integral part of bay mont-saint-michel.
Why romantic ? françois-rené de chateaubriand inspired the term, as a founding figure of french romantic litterature and famous author of “memoirs from beyond the grave”.
Declared small city of character, combourg is often considered as cradle of romanticism. its castle, still owned by the family of françois-rené de chateaubriand, is the flagship monument of this pleasant town full of history. the feudal turrets of the castle stand above the “lake tranquil” as the renowned writer liked to call the pond of combourg.
at a short distance from the maritime shores of bay mont-saint-michel, combourg has developed a strong tourist attractiveness.
holiday activities :
- The castle (construction started during the 12th century).
- Lantern’s house
- Hangman’s house
- Templars house
- Chateaubriand circuit
- Literary circuit
- Heritage interpretation circuit
- Stroll by the lake tranquil
- Pond fishing at etang des maffins
- Hiking and cycling excursions in the combourg countryside
Each year or every two years, several cultural events take place in combourg:
The floréales romantiques (romantic floral events) organised every other year in the castle park.
The festival de la lanterne (a music festival) organised by the tourist office at the begining of august.
Guided tours: the life of chateaubriand, discover the built heritage of combourg, bus tour of the wooded countryside between water and forests.
Leaving combourg, the seaside is not a long way from major cities on the emerald coast: dinard and saint- malo. then the bay of mont-saint-michel opens up to the amazing city of cancale, where you can taste local oysters directly on the port.
Sometimes referred to as “the wonder of the western world “, the mont-saint-michel is set on a small island just off the coast where normandy and brittany merge. It is approximately a 30 minutes drive from the chateau de la croix chemin.
This magical landmark has been listed as unesco world heritage site since 1979, and is one of france’s major tourist attractions. 2.5 million visitors are drawn to the place every year to admire the striking mont-saint michel and its bay, flooded by the biggest european tides.
The mont-saint-michel is perched on a rocky islet, measuring 1 km in circumference at its base and 80 metres at its peak. It is connected to the bay by an unsinkable causeway erected in 1879.
Dicover its main attractions: an 11th century roman abbey church, archangel michael “leader of the celestial army”, and the village around the church, which grew up and prospered throughout the middle ages.
After a long walk through the narrow cobbled streets of mont-saint-michel, it is time to taste the famous omelette at “la mere poulard” and drink a bowl of cider.