Proud capital of the Bretagne region
Rennes is an ancient seat of learning in the east of Brittany boasting not one but two universities. Stop a Rennais in the street and expect to hear a thing or two about history – for this is a city that has it in spades. Yet for all its gothic and medieval architecture, Rennes has a thoroughly modern outlook; optimistic, warm and welcoming.
|Time zone:||GMT +1 hour (GMT +2 hours in summer)|
|Flight Time:||2 hours|
|Holiday type:||Beach, Summer sun, City break|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 11.7°C
Rainfall: 730.4mm a year
Where to go in a city of such historic contrasts? The Science Museum! Check out the ultra-modern Espaces des Sciences for its fabulous planetarium. It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak French... just sit back and marvel at the view above you.
Must eat at:
La Coquerie, inside the boutique LeCoq-Gadby hotel, is a chic place to come for dinner, and what’s more, it’s just picked up its first ever Michelin star. Bravo!
Must be there for:
Come here in the first week of July for the famous Tombees de la Nuit, when the whole Breton capital comes alive with art, music and dance, mostly in the town’s public spaces.
- Don’t forget that North East of Rennes is the must-visit Mont Saint Michel – the imposing granite island which is the third most visited attraction in all of France.
- To get your bearings, head for the Place de la Republique – it’s where most of the 50 public transport routes in town have their hub.
British citizens do not need a visa to visit France.
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