How to find a campsite in Ille-et-Vilaine
As one of the four departments that make up Britanny, along with Morbihan, Finistère and Côtes-d'Armor, Ille-et-Vilaine has plenty to offer in terms of visits and you won't be disappointed one bit going there. Depending on your requirements and your needs, HomeCamper has various hosts in store for you that are going to be able to make you enjoy your stay like never before. Lovers of vanlife, roadtrips, and outdoor camping will be delighted!
What to do in Ille-et-Vilaine
Ille-et-Vilaine has many natural treasures, including the Emerald Coast. Stretching from Cap Fréhel to the West of Mont Saint Michel, this coast owes its name to its colour. As a coast offering superb landscapes, the Emerald Coast is also home to many seaside resorts.
The Brocéliande forest is also the ideal place to recharge your batteries during walks and hikes, sheltering many remarkable trees. Also known as the Paimpont forest, Brocéliande is steeped in mystery and magic, because it had supposedly been trodden by Korrigans, fairies and other enchanting beings.
Dolmens and menhirs can also be found in Ille-et-Vilaine just like in the rest of the Britanny region, notably with La Roche aux Fées (a dolmen classified as a historical monument) and with the megalithic site of Saint Just.
Considered a department of history, Ille et Vilaine has no fewer than twenty castles, including the Château de Montmuran (a family property classified as a historic monument) and the Château de Fougères (a true patchwork of military architecture, destroyed and rebuilt many times over the centuries). The castle of Combourg, for its part, places its visitors in the footsteps of the famous writer Chateaubriand.
Ille et Vilaine is also home to many exceptional cities, with their own heritage. Saint Malo is of them. Its Malouinière de la Chipaudière (a beautiful 18th century residence), its WWII memorial (a 500m2 blockhouse transformed into a museum) and its Musée du Long Cours (Musée de la Mer) are steeped in history. Saint Malo is a city with a strong historical heritage as evidenced by its military monuments, including the National Fort and the Fort of Petit Bé. Unusual discoveries not to be missed, the sculpted rocks of Rothéneuf are the result of the conscientious work of Abbé Fouré, for 25 years.
The city of Rennes, the main city and capital of Britanny, is also steeped in history with its Duchesne Tower, its pan-de-bois houses and its many religious buildings, including Saint Pierre Cathedral. The museum of Brittany is a must-see if you pass through Rennes. The Opera also unveils its beautiful architecture to the general public. As a green city, Rennes has many parks that make it a particularly pleasant city, including Beauregard Park and its 6 hectares of greenery.
Finally, we advise you not to miss St Suliac, a beautiful village. Its port, its beautiful stone houses, its church or its oratory of the Virgin Grainfolet make it a village to discover, ideal for beautiful and more private walks.
When to go to Ille-et-Vilaine
Just like most of the departments in Britanny, Ille-et-Vilaine's warmer and more pleasant months in terms of weather and temperatures go from July until October. If you don't like like the cold, avoid the month of February as it is usually the coldest month of the year. However, we would advise vanlife enthusiasts to choose the months of May and June, as there will be less tourists to bother you during your stay!
Whether you own a caravan, a motorhome, or a van, get ready for a roadtrip filled with unique camping and sightseeing experiences in Britanny!
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