Chateaubriant town guide
Visitors from Northern Europe including those who have crossed the Channel find that Brittany provides a very pleasant holiday without the stress of having to either fly or drive too far south. If you are looking for a base to use for exploring the area by hire car, Chateaubriant is ideal. It is situated about three quarters of an hour's drive from Nantes, Rennes. Angers and Laval. It is only an hour from La Baule, a seaside resort on the Atlantic Coast.
The town is on the banks of the River Chere and has a small chateau set in very pretty gardens that are open to the public. There are often open air concerts and theatrical performances taking place here in the summer and many of them are free. This is a good place to enjoy a picnic.
There is also a modern part of the town which has a "Theatre de Verre" glass theatre, and a cinema. If you are visiting when it is too cold to swim outside, there is an Olympic sized swimming pool.
At dinner time you will of course enjoy the Chateaubriand Beef but vegetarians can also be catered for with a local delicacy the Gallette de Ble Noir which is a pancake, very good washed down with a bowl of cider. Perhaps have a gallette for lunch and a steak for dinner, after all you are in France!
Once you are back in your hire car, look out for the signposted routes or scenic drives which enable you to see the area at its best and also to visit some of the vineyards of the region, try the white Muscadet and the Anjou.