Take a road trip in France

It’s just a short and comfortable hop from the UK to France for you and your car with Brittany Ferries. And, with a wide range of sail and stay offers, hotel breaks and cottage holidays in France, all you have to do is book, pack and drive onto the ferry. Crossings take from just three hours or you can enjoy a relaxing overnight cruise. Delicious French cuisine is available on all ships, made by talented chefs using 80% locally sourced food in France. The perfect, hassle-free way to start your easy going holiday…

Road Trip France

Enjoy the freedom of the open road in your own car with the things that make your touring holidays in France so unique to you. Bikes – check. Hiking shoes – check. Picnic basket and flask – check.

There’s no better way to discover the immense diversity of France’s landscape, culture and gastronomy than by car. You have the freedom to choose where you want to go, how long you want to stay and the chance to wander off the beaten track and discover the secret places that would be so easy to miss without a car.
And you don’t have to drive far. Brittany Ferries (External link) ports in Normandy and Brittany take you direct to the heart of some of the most beautiful parts of France. Explore the western coast with its endless sandy beaches, dramatic coastline, secluded coves, fishing villages, seaside resorts and islands galore. Head inland to discover gorgeous little villages, historic towns, medieval citadels, wonderful street markets, chateaux and vineyards.

Va va voom – France awaits!

Explore Brittany

Situated on France’s north-western peninsula, Brittany is a breath of fresh air and has a strong regional identity, famous for its festivals celebrating Celtic folk music and dancing. With inspiring, ever-changing landscapes and a toll-free network of motorways and smooth roads, it’s the perfect touring destination by car.

Relax on a sandy beach or head out to sea and go island hopping. Brittany has a string of islands along its 1,700 miles of coastline, all different from each other, but all worth a visit or even a stay. Visit Belle Île where you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a painting from the 19th century, Île-de-Bréhat, the island of flowers, and Île de Sein where you feel as if you might sail off the edge of the world.

Discover the mysterious menhirs and Dolmens of Carnac, explore medieval towns like Vannes and Dinan, the ports of Concarneau and St Malo, the fabled forest of Broceliande said to be the home of King Arthur and Merlin the Wizard, and the towns and countryside which inspired painters galore from Monet to Renoir. With a car you can also discover lesser known beauty spots like Auray with its picture postcard port of St Goustan. And, there are more than 300 waymarked hikes all around Brittany plus more than 1200 miles of cycling trails.

In Brittany, you’ll taste the freshest seafood and shellfish, juicy oysters, langoustines and the famous Breton lobster. Feast on the famous crepes, sweet and savoury, and enjoy a cider or local aperitif Kir Breton - cider and crème de Cassis. As you drive, look for small ‘auberges’ and ‘tables d’hotes’ where you will taste the most authentic local food – resistance is futile.

Discover Normandy

Normandy on the northwest coast of France is ideal for lovers of history, art, nature, gardens, sports and good food – this region really does have something to suit everyone’s taste.

Explore an extensive and varied coastline which stretches from the must-see UNESCO-listed Mont-Saint-Michel on the border with Brittany to the stunning chalk cliff formations of the Alabaster coast near Dieppe.

History lessons are brought to life in this region. Discover the tale of William the Conqueror with a visit to the Château de Falaise in Calvados where he was born and at Bayeux where a museum houses an 11th century masterpiece, the Bayeux Tapestry, recording his victory over the English at Hastings. Nowhere is the memory of the Second World War more intense than along Normandy’s northern coastline. From Sainte-Mère-Eglise to Caen, and Arromanches to Dieppe, the coastline is dotted with memorials and museums commemorating the events of the D-Day Landings.

Normandy boasts a wealth of art and culture including the UNESCO heritage city centre of Le Havre, the historic and oh-so-pretty port of Honfleur, Monet’s garden at Giverny, the Gothic Cathedral of Rouen and the chic resort of Deauville where Coco Chanel opened her first fashion boutique in 1913.

Inland, Normandy’s verdant countryside extends to the Atlantic Loire Valley, a rolling landscape of hamlets and farms, chateaux and historic villages, and with more than 300 miles of cycle paths and hundreds of miles of hiking paths.

After all that activity you’re sure to have worked up an appetite and Normandy is a food lover’s paradise. Sink your teeth into some of the local specialities from a sweet tarte tatin to Mortagne boudin noir – the king of black puddings. For a taste of the sea, head to coastal towns such as Trouville and Granville for eye-catching seafood platters. Indulge in the region’s world-famous cheeses including Camembert, Pont l'Evêque and Livarot – best enjoyed during a picnic at the beach with a fresh crusty baguette and washed down with a local cider or Calvados.

Further afield

With a superb road network that takes you all over France, the sky’s the limit when it comes to a road trip. Head round the western coast to discover the beaches of the Atlantique Loire, and further on you’ll find lovely La Rochelle and the islands of Ré and Oleron. Head inland and makes tracks for the majestic chateaux of the Loire Valley, the verdant vineyards of Cognac, historic Bordeaux and picturesque Dordogne. And en route, make time to stop off and discover tiny villages and delicious authentic restaurants, meeting friendly locals and making new friends.

Sail and stay

Sail from the UK to France with Brittany Ferries (External link) – a fabulous touring holiday in France was never easier – the only hard part is when your holiday ends…