Côtes d’Armor

Côtes d’Armor is on the northern coast of Brittany, it looks towards Southern England and the English channel.

Brittany has a mild maritime climate, winters are not harsh and summer temperatures do not become stifling in the height of summer. Average temperatures in summer reach an extremely pleasant 25 degrees Centigrade, often with a slight sea breeze.

From the Emerald to the Pink Granite Coast, it has the longest coastline in France covering some 350km, it is a very popular tourist area due to its proximity to the channel ports of St Malo and Roscoff. The Bretagne peninsula offers a variety of amazing landscapes, alternating headlands, beaches, harbours and inlets.

It is a beautiful rugged coastline with steep cliffs and is dotted with quaint, medieval towns. Each part of the coastline has its own identity, delicate blending of colours and shapes of the rocks and the sea. Its clear water wavers between blue and green, its rocks of a warm orangy pink and the presence of megaliths have inspired and given their names full of promises to these borderlines.

Côtes-du-Nord was one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4 1790. It was created from part of the former province of Brittany. Its name was changed in 1990 to Côtes-d’Armor (ar mor meaning the sea).

The population stands at 542 thousand people plus living in Cotes d’Armor in 403 towns.

Cotes d’Armor offers a magnificent array of seafood. It is the largest European producer of scallops. so it’s well worth sampling the fresh shellfish.

Saint Brieuc is the capital town of the Côtes-d’Armor in Brittany, which lies on the north coast of Brittany between two rivers on the north coast, west of St Malo. A panoramic view of the Gouët estuary and valley can be seen from the north end of the town.

Saint Brieuc is named after a Welsh monk, St. Briocus from the 6th century who established an oratory on the bay overlooking the English Channel, it has many centuries of history to tell. There is a wonderful atmosphere in Saint Brieuc, with buildings from throughout the years mixed together.

Dinan is one of France’s most attractive walled towns.

Situated on a hillside overlooking the River Rance, Dinan’s 3km encirclement of walls remains virtually intact and houses street after street of late medieval houses. Like St Malo, 25km to the north, Dinan is best seen arriving by boat, with spectacular views of the castle and fortifications. The church of St Sauveur is worth a visit for its mix of Romanesque, Gothic and eighteenth century styles and the Tour de l’Horloge offers impressive views of the town and surrounding area.