I am just back from a short trip to Brittany. I have travelled extensively in this area over five years, and by far my favourite hotel in the region is the Au Roi Gradlon in Audierne, which keeps me returning year after year. There is a wonderful sense of calm at this hotel, due to its highly efficient operation and due to the warmth and friendliness of the staff. The majority of rooms have really beautiful sea-views which are bordered by a the pier wall and lighthouse to the left, and the harbour to the right from where you can take a ferry to Ile de Sein. The hotel is positioned just above a sandy beach that is popular with families and it is just pleasant and very relaxing to open the window, read a book and enjoy the fantastic views and seaside sounds. Or if you are inclined you can obviously go to the beach and become part of those sounds. The rooms are modern in decoration, exceptionally clean, and have as a theme the characteristic Brittany light blue and white that you see everywhere. I have eaten in the restaurant many times and once on this trip. The food is very good, the speciality is of course seafood, and the dishes are complemented by a good selection of wines. Having tried a number of the other establishments in the area, I find the restaurant to be one of the best in Audierne and incomparable in terms of those amazing views which makes spending time there an absolute pleasure. Audierne is also an unspoilt treat, being a little less touristy than other locations and the more enjoyable for it. The town is a beautiful example of the best Brittany has to offer, picturesque and with lovely laid out walking areas along the sea inlet from the town to the beach. Walking out to the lighthouse after dinner when you have it to yourself, bar the odd fisherman, is a guilty indulgence of mine. In addition to its beaches there is some of the most spectacular rugged scenery Brittany has to offer just a short drive or cycle away at Pointe du Raz, and Pointe du Van. I usually hike along the coast from one headland to the other, and back parking at Pointe du Van. This takes about 4 hrs but feels like 5 minutes so breathtaking is the natural coastline beauty. So, if you are thinking of going to Brittany, you should definitely consider Audierne as a base, there is a lot to see and do. And if you are staying in Audiern try Au Roi Gradlon. You will be glad you did. I left already looking forward to returning.
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