As much of Europe continues to bathe in the kind of smouldering summer heat more typically associated with the tropics, there’s never been a better time to consider taking a road trip to France. Particularly given the speed and convenience with which Northern France can be reached from the UK – especially by ferry with Brittany ferries now serving five major ferry ports with relaxing regular crossings.
But assuming you’ve only limited time to spare, which must-see destinations are within easiest reach? If heading over to Road Trip France by car, the following 10 must-visit places around Normandy & Brittany are perfect for adding to your Northern France road trip itinerary.

Road Trip France - Top Places to Visit in Brittany and Normandy

QUICK FRANCE ROAD TRIP TIPS:
– Take a peek at our Road Trip Packing List & Travel Essentials (inc free pdf checklist) to get you and the car ready for your big adventure.
– Download Maps.Me (and the Brittany/Normandy regions) for FREE instant access maps available offline – and won’t cost you the earth in data.
Take a spare car key (just in case)
– Create an epic road trip playlist that will have you and your passengers singing along all day
– Hire yourself a Left Hand Drive Rental Car and fit in with the other cars on the french roads. This is my go-to car rental company as they always have great deals.

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A Perfect Northern France Road Trip: 10 Must-Visit Places Around Normandy & Brittany

Auray

Aurey FranceFamous for its historic half-timbered houses and enchanting cobbled streets, Auray is a beautiful town that appears to have been frozen in time at some point. Its yachting harbour in particular makes for wonderful afternoons and evenings, soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the day’s catch at one of its endless restaurants or cafes.

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Carnac

Carnac France
One of the most historic and downright curious locations anywhere in France, Carnac is home to several sites that date back around 5,000 years. Carnac is such a remarkable and unique place that you don’t have to be an everyday history-buff to get a real kick out of its Neolithic treasures. And of course, the gorgeous seaside resort on Quiberon Bay has more than its fair share of charms! It is a must visit on your road trips in France.

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Dinan

Dinan France
The fact that Dinan doesn’t always make it onto the maps of mass-tourist groups is one of the reasons why it’s definitely worth a visit. Take the time to get lost for an hour or two in the winding streets of the historic town centre, before climbing St. Catherine Tower for a beautiful view of the valley below. It is a beautiful place to add to your tour of France – even if it is not as well known as Southern France, it is still one of the most beautiful Medieval towns.

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Locronan

Locronan France
Likewise, Locronan somehow slips under the radar for most visitors to the region, yet is considered to be one of the most stunning villages in the country by a considerable margin. You really get the sense you have stepped back in time as you wander around the streets of Locronan, which are completely unspoiled on a level you will find anywhere else in the region.

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Paimpont

Paimpont France
The forest of Brocéliande – which provides the most stunning backdrop for the town of Paimpont – is the fabled home of King Arthur and the wizard Merlin. The town itself boasts a whole bunch of walking trails, which lead out from its own historic confines deep into one of the most enchanting forests in the world. And after a day out hiking the trails in the French countryside, the town is the perfect place to sample some delicious French foods.

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Ploumanac’h

Ploumanac’h France
Always interesting for newcomers to attempt to pronounce, Ploumanac’h is the perfect place to take in the quite mesmerising Pink Granite Coast of Brittany and is one of the most scenic drives on the list. Viewed at the perfect time of day when the sun is really doing its business, the pink granite rock formations appear beautiful and surreal in equal measures.

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Pont-Aven

Pont-Aven France
Perhaps the very best time of year to head to Pont-Aven is during August for the annual flower festival. That said, the charming windmills dotted around the town and the sprawling countryside surrounding Pont-Aven make it a firm favourite among discerning travellers throughout the year. It’s a great spot to add to your French road trip and an opportunity to see beautiful French countryside.

Rochefort-en-Terre

Head out a little further west and spend a day exploring one of the most beautiful villages in Europe. You simply have to soak up the local charms and treasures of Rochefort-en-Terre personally to understand its appeal. The American painter Alfred Klotz encouraged the residents of Rochefort-en-Terre to proudly display flowers throughout the year over 100 years ago – a tradition the locals still hold dear to this day.

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Roscoff

Roscoff France
Along with fantastically easy access, the gorgeous beaches and beautiful harbour of Roscoff make it a must for anyone visiting the region. If time permits, hop on the short and enjoyable boat ride to the small island of Île de Batz, where a complete ban on all vehicles is enforced and visitors enjoy an idyllic escape from the chaos of everyday life.

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Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo France
Last but not least, Saint-Malo is one of the most popular destinations among discerning visitors to France. Along with its rich seafaring history and heritage, Saint-Malo is also known worldwide for serving up perhaps the best seafood in the whole of France. The combination of beautiful scenery and sublime local cuisine making for memorable day-trips and extended stays alike.

 

So there you have it – hopefully we’ve given you enough travel inspiration & travel tips to help you plan the perfect Northern France Road Trip, and shown you the best places to visit in Normandy and Brittany whilst you are there! Don’t forget to let me know your own highlights once you’re back!

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Road Trip France - the best places to visit in Northern France

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