With its rugged coastline, sweeping sandy beaches, fishing villages and rich cultural history, Quiberon (External link) is a superb holiday destination. Its peninsula – measuring just 22 metres wide at its narrowest point – juts into the sea for nine miles and its main village Quiberon is crammed with fish restaurants, art galleries and little boutiques. Quiberon is best known as being the home of La Belle-Iloise fish cannery, where you can take a free tour before enjoying a tasting, and younger family members will love the niniche lollipops from Maison d’Armorine.

Quiberon’s beaches have something for everyone: the windy expanses west of Penthièvre in the north are popular with horse-riders, sand-yachters and surfers, while families favour the sheltered beaches around St-Pierre in the south. The villages of Quiberon are charming, with clusters of granite or blue-and-white-painted fishermen’s cottages interspersed with ancient chapels, and four ports where fishermen unload their catch and where weekenders moor their cruisers. Port Maria used to be France’s principal sardine fishing port and it still has around 200 fishing boats; it’s here too that you catch the ferry over to Belle-île-en-mer.

Make your stay in Quiberon unforgettable at the five-star Sofitel Quiberon Thalassa sea & spa (External link) whose focus on seawater therapy will ensure you truly relax. The resort’s Relaxation Area comprises a 25-metre heated indoor seawater swimming pool, outdoor hot tub, sauna, hammams and solariums, all overlooking the sea. Teams of seawater spa, beauty, sport and personal development experts provide high-quality customised treatment in situ. Breton culture is at the heart of the resort’s décor and its gourmet cuisine, which makes use of the region’s seafood and other delicious local produce.