What to do
Dance to the rhythm of the hectic Breton!
Rennes is only 1:40 hours from Paris by high-speed train and 1 hour by plane, so let’s go to one of the most attractive cities of France! Rennes has a strong history of several centuries; it is the most important city in the Brittany region. With its mild climate, Rennes enjoys an exceptional sunshine all year round, many cultural activities and a public transit that allows people to move quickly from one end of the city to the other. In a word: Rennes is dynamic!
The Celtic origins of the city make it a destination of choice for lovers of legends, such as King Arthur and other enchanting myths.
Start your day on the ramparts of Rennes!
Visit the medieval rampart of Rennes to admire the Portes Mordelaises or "Royal Gate", in reference to the Dukes of Brittany who had to swear to defend the freedom of the duchy and cross the gate before being crowned at Saint-Pierre’s Cathedral. Its foundations are from the Late Roman Empire, and this royal gate is located on the site of the old enclosure delimiting the ancient city, from the 3rd century. Close your eyes, and picture the two drawbridges standing in front of you!
6 rue des Portes Mordelaises, Rennes
Take a foodie stroll at the Lices market, the second largest market in France!
If you want to merge the discovery of both Breton/French heritage and foodie pleasures, you must go to the Lices market!
The people of Rennes are particularly attached to this place to which they go for more than four centuries. Fish, meat and charcuterie, freshly caught shellfish from the nearby Atlantic Ocean, local ciders, flowers, cheeses and salted butters, a classic in Brittany: try the best of regional producers!
You can indulge yourself with a café on the terrace or a traditional galette-saucisses if you’re really hungry.
Marché des Lices
3 Place du Bas des Lices, Rennes
Strolling in the park and gardens of the Thabor
With its 25 acres, the Park of the Thabor will plunge you into French-style gardens, English-style parks and a rose garden with more than 2,000 varieties.
The park of the Tabor was originally the vegetable garden of the Benedictine monks of Saint-Melaine as well as their place of walk and meditation. It has been attached to the State during the Revolution.
Open all year round, you will particularly appreciate the visit of this park at the beginning of spring and during the summer to be in a fresh place.
Parc du Thabor
Place Saint Mélaine, Rennes
From 7:30am to 9:30pm in the summer and 7:30am to 6:30pm in the winter
An evening at the Opera
Inaugurated in 1836 in the midst of its effervescence, the Rennes Opera is an atypical place with its ground floor accessible by 44 steps! A fire destroyed the building in 1856. Sometimes criticized for its special architecture, the Opera remained the only auditorium in the city until 1968. It took on his true musical identity in 1993.
Come and discover this extraordinary place with a program ranging from Monteverdi to the most contemporary creations.
Opéra de Rennes
Place de la Mairie, Rennes
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