At the extreme end of continental Europe, Brittany is the land of the ‘Armor’ Sea with 1700 kms of coastline.
The wildest landscapes are to the west in Finistère.
Under the subtle influence of the moon, the tides continually change and renew the beaches, the ports and the shoreline of Brittany. Every six hours the sea comes in and goes out farther or less far and more or less deep, depending on the coefficients and always with a period of latency, the calm between high and low tide. During periods of very low tides, the sea retreats to incredible distances and leaves the beach open to fishermen on foot.
Breton is not patois, it’s a unique language.
Photos : E. BERTHIER, Y LE GAL, JP GRATIEN & FESTIVAL DE CORNOUAILLE QUIMPER
Breton costumes and coiffes
When one realises that, with work coiffes and festival coiffes, there are a thousand different types, it would pointless to try to spot the sixty-six main styles of dress in the region.
Traditional music and dance in Brittany
Traditional music comes in two main types: sung and played: Le kannen, la sonnen, la gwerz and le kan a diskan.
Traditional music is the kingdom of the ‘sonneur’ and of the ‘biniou-bombarde’ in particular, which have been closely associated with Breton music since the 19th century.
Breton dance reflects a community spirit which is very much alive. Most of the dances are group dances. The names of the dances reflect the places where they originated, such as the Gavotte de l’Aven.
The ‘festou-noz’, Breton night festivals have become increasing popular with young people in recent years.
Don’t miss the famous Breton crêpes made with wheat or buckwheat.
The cider and ‘Chouchen’, a honey-based alcoholic drink.
‘Kig ha farz’ is a kind of stew served with semolina cooked in a cloth with the stock.
‘Far’ and ‘Kouign Amann’ is a cake made with bread dough, butter and sugar which are very popular as desserts.
However, there would be no Breton cuisine without the riches of the sea: brown crabs, spider crabs, langoustines, scallops and flat or cupped oysters all feature on the best tables, not forgetting all the fish which can sometimes be eaten with seaweed.
Brittany of yesterday and Brittany of today – but always a land of inspiration, nature, tradition and heritage with its own special character.
Finistère is a land of legend, wide open spaces, historic maritime towns and islands at the ends of the earth.
Come and explore all these riches.
The Saint Nicolas campsite is your host.