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17 November 2014

Food Trip through Northern France

There are numerous reasons why France attracts many millions of annual visitors, and its food is unquestionably one of them. French cuisine is among the most celebrated in the world, and this French road trip – covering between 250 and 400 miles, depending on where you choose to start – focuses on high-quality regional produce. Leading through two of the most character-rich parts of the country, namely Normandy and Brittany, the drive features pastoral winter landscapes, charming towns and plenty of opportunity to indulge in local specialities. It’s a journey incorporating everything from Camembert cheese to Breton oysters – need we say more?

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  • Normandy

    Driving in France gives the freedom to explore the bounty of the countryside, and there are few food regions so full of gifts as Normandy. Celebrated for its strong cheeses, its tangy apples and its plentiful seafood – this is a land of big flavours and slow meals. Whether you’re beginning your French car-hire expedition in Rouen, Caen, Cherbourg or elsewhere, the region gives good cause to linger before you cross the border into proud, bilingual Brittany. The smooth road leading down to Rennes is part of the so-called Route des Estuaires (Route of the Estuaries).

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    Seafood is just one of many food options you can expect to find in Normandy - Avis Car Hire
  • Rennes

    The stately city of Rennes has been a crossroads for travellers since Roman times. And while the Old Town skyline might be dominated by a 17th-century cathedral, it’s Brittany’s famous crêperies that prevail over its dining scene. If you’re after something more upmarket, a healthy sprinkling of Michelin-starred restaurants means that haute cuisine is easy to find too. Moving on from Rennes’ cobbled Christmas streets, the road stretches westwards to the wild seascapes of the Bay of Biscay. After passing the canal side town of Josselin, famed for its medieval chateau, you’ll reach the fishing port of Concarneau.

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    A wonder through the medieval city of Rennes- Avis Car Hire
  • Concarneau

    Known as Konk-Kerne in the Breton tongue, the walled harbour town of Concarneau has its origins in the Middle Ages. Today it also stands as a superb place to sample Brittany’s traditional seafood. The Musée de la Pêche (Fishing Museum) makes for a diverting visit, and it’s a good way to work up an appetite for the region’s lobsters, mussels and scallops. Check blackboards for the catch of the day. Continuing further into the Finistère peninsula, an enjoyable 25-minute drive takes you to Quimper, an arty little cathedral town full of winding streets.

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    Local cuisine in Concarneau- Avis Car Hire
  • Quimper

    Adorned with Breton flags and other elements of the region’s Celtic roots, Quimper is a Brittany town through and through. It’s pretty too, with footbridges criss-crossing the two small rivers that flow through its centre. You’ll dine well – there are crêperies in abundance (serving savoury galettes as well as sweet crêpes), fresh food markets as well as restaurants specialising in nouvelle cuisine.

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    Quimper food market stalls- Avis Car Hire
  • Brest

    From Quimper it is a 45-minute journey north, which traces a route through the rocky winter expanse of Armorica Regional Natural Park and across the Iroise Bridge. The port town of Brest, which has WWII heritage, provides a lively and absorbing final stop with some great seafood eateries on the access to the Île d’Ouessant.

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    Drive across the Iroise Bridge - Avis Car Hire
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