Brittany: Discover dramatic cliffs, beautiful beaches and islands, dense forests and stunning medieval architecture in this welcoming north-western French region just across the Channel. Go diving, sailing or riding; savour fresh seafood and indulgent buttery pastries; dance to the rhythms of traditional music played by local bands.   Well suited to explorers, Brittany is a land of geographical variety, with a rugged coastline, picturesque islands and gentle inland countryside. Great beaches are everywhere you look and pan-Celtic traditions are alive in music, language and artisan crafts. Take a step back in time as you visit Brittany’s medieval walled towns, fascinating museums, fairytale châteaux and splendid 18th-century houses. The capital, Rennes, anchors the region’s heritage while keeping its focus on the future with a large student population and dynamic calendar of festivals.   Recharge and reinvigorate in the bracing sea air of Saint-Malo, Dinard and along the Emerald Coast. From Morbihan to Côtes-d’Armor via Finistère, you can try an introduction to sailing or fish from the beach with the children; listen to the cries of the seagulls; admire the fine lighthouses; taste savoury and sweet pancakes and smell the salty air.