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"Bretagnehttp://www.francekeys..." France Things to Do Tip by Rawicz

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Brittany, the westernmost region of France, juts into the Atlantic like a giant peninsula, surrounded by 750 miles of dramatic coastline. Hundreds of bays, inlets, and islands shelter the fishing boats that have sustained Bretons for millennia.
The earliest people of Brittany erected dolmens and menhirs dating to 3500 BC. They were followed by the first identifiable inhabitants, the Celts. Conquered by Caesar in 56 BC, the region was named Armorica after the Celtic word for 'seaside,' a label that lives on today in the department Côtes-d'Armor. Following the fall of the Roman Empire, additional Celts from Britain migrated across the channel, giving Brittany its present-day name.
Mont Saint-Michel may be Brittany's best-known attraction. Surrounded by the most powerful tides in Europe, perched high on a rocky island, this medieval city and its abbey are a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site.

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