Welcome to Rennes

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Rennes is the capital of Brittany and is ideally situated at the heart of a dual carriageway network linking Brittany to Paris and Normandy and to the areas south of the Loire divide. The city of Rennes is very pleasant with its parks and gardens and the delightful old town with its faithfully restored streets and squares, colourful traditional timber-framed houses and outstanding buildings by famous architects.

Below is Destination Rennes, a short movie about Rennes:

Every Saturday morning, France’s second largest market invites visitors to browse the colourful stalls of over 300 producers from across Brittany, in the unique historical backdrop of old Rennes. Come and discover Coucou de Rennes chickens, Petit Gris melons and Reinette apples, dry and fruity cider, shellfish and the unmissable salted butter.


Market of Lices

A visit to the Thabor gardens is highly recommended. They were designed by Denis Bühler on the orchard of one of the oldest abbeys in Rennes in the 19th century. The gardens, which are spread over 10 hectares in the city centre and include a French-style garden, a picturesque garden with exotic species, fountains, an aviary, a rose garden, statues, greenhouses and a bandstand, are rightly regarded as one of France’s finest.


Thabor park


Thabor park

You will find a great choice of restaurants, bars and pavement cafés in the old town.


Old downtown Rennes


City hall

June is one of the best periods with a shiny sun and maximum average temperatures 22 Celsius degrees.

Further information about Rennes

See Rennes tourist office’s website (getting around, eating out, finding hotels, etc.)

Welcome to Brittany!

Rennes is less than 70 km away from the northern coast and its two most impressive attractions: Saint-Malo, a walled charming corsair city and Mont Saint-Michel, the impressive « Wonder of the Western World » forming a tower in the heart of an immense bay invaded by the highest tides in Europe.

Saint Malo


Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint-Michel