Set along the Atlantic Ocean on the Quiberon Peninsula, this pocket of Brittany is popular with French holidaymakers, but is lesser known among the Brits. It’s a prolific producer of canned sardines; you can visit the canneries and watch vessels departing and arriving in the fishing harbour of Port Maria. And the area was a key battleground during WWII, in the Battle of Quiberon Bay. Come here for the water sports, pale cream-coloured sands, emerald seas and thalassotherapy. Described as the Côte sauvage (wild coast), it has many unspoilt and beautiful hiking trails.
Sofitel Quiberon Thalassa Sea & Spa
If you’re seeking to improve your sports performance or recover from an injury, come here to the Athletic Rehabilitation Center. The spa, which began offering Thalassa treatments in 2016 (having been a well-known wellness centre since 1964), provides a variety of seawater programmes for relaxation, improved health and appearance. Facing the ocean and rugged cliffs, the building enjoys a lot of natural light, with 126 bedrooms offering views of either the sea or land from their balconies. The restaurant, La Presqu’île, has a breathtaking outlook, enjoyed alongside organic Breton cuisine.