Capital of Côtes-d’Armor in Brittany, Saint-Brieuc is situated at the heart of the bay to which it gives its name.
An ideal place to discover the coast as well as Côtes-d’Armor’s inland region, the bay of Saint-Brieuc invites you to discover its wide historical, cultural and environmental heritage.
Saint-Brieuc’s historical heritage is no small thing, and you can discover numerous monuments.
First of all, you can visit the Saint-Etienne cathedral-fortress, built in the 12th century then modified, extended and restored up to the 19th century: it therefore symbolises different architectural styles, from Norman to Flamboyant Gothic.
Other religious buildings might also interest you, such as the Saint-Michel church or the Notre-Dame de la Fontaine chapel.
There are a number of historical monuments in the town centre, like the ruins of the Tower of Cesson, built around 1395 and listed since 1926, the small Italian-style theatre, built in 1884, and still active today, or the Maison Le Ribeault which displays half-timbering over two floors.
From a cultural point of view, you can discover the St Brieuc Museum of Art and History which displays the history of the region’s activity, as well as temporary exhibitions.
On the coast, the Maison de la Baie offers you an exceptional panoramic view, and the chance to discover the natural local riches.
St Brieuc is also a very active town with regard to the organisation of shows and festivals, and every year welcomes art and music festivals such as Complèt'Mandingue in April, Art Rock in May, the Nocturnes in the summer or Cité Rap in November; cultural events such as the Panoramic Festival in April or various shows at the Exhibition Fair of Côtes-d’Armor.
As for cuisine, how can we speak about St-Brieuc without mentioning the famous Coquille St-Jacques de la Baie scallops?
As the largest national fish deposit in Saint-Jacques, the bay of St Brieuc offers you quality and fresh fish from November to April.
Other seafood is also produced and fished locally, like the hollow oysters of the bay or blue lobsters, but also a large variety of vegetables.
It is no coincidence that ‘The Bay of St-Brieuc - Paimpol - Les Caps’ was voted a European Tourist Destination of Excellence in 2015, for its local cuisine!
As for local activities, lovers of nature will be captivated: a park, cliffs, coves, dunes, peaks and other beaches are all waiting for you!
For walking, you can take the GR34 hiking trail which goes the length of the entire coast over more than 200km, and roam the different trails on foot or on a bicycle, and you can find all the information at the tourist office, on its website or on the ‘Cirkiwi’ app.
You have the opportunity to discover the nature reserve of the Bay of St-Brieuc, which is home to 40,000 birds of 112 different species.
Water sports are also available to enjoy in Saint-Brieuc: sailing, kayaking, rowing, kite-surfing, sailing boat cruises, or shore fishing.
As a family, meet the animals at the petting farm in the town of Oger, or show off your skills on the ice rink!
The surrounding area
Don’t hesitate to explore the surrounding area, very accessible thanks to the ideal geographical location of St-Brieuc, which allows you to discover numerous different places in a short space of time: breathtaking nature spots such as the Peak of Pordic or the Chaos du Gouët at St-Julien, emblematic sites such as the Cape Fréhel, the Cape of Erquy, the town of Dinan and the Rance Valley, horse riding trips in a bordering equestrian centre, or the golf courses at Pléneuf Val André or at Lantic.