22 photographs that will make you want to move to Brittany right now

Brittany, the stunning region on France's west coast has long attracted tourists and settlers alike. When you look at these stunning images by photographer Jennifer Hughes, who relocated to Brittany from the UK 13 years ago, you'll see why.

22 photographs that will make you want to move to Brittany right now
The beautiful beach at Trégastel, Côtes d'Armor. All Photos: Jennifer Hughes.

(Brignogan, northern Finistère.)

(The beach at Ilé Blanche, Côtes d'Armor, northern Brittany.)

(Plougasnou, Finistère)

(A Fête in the town of Morlaix)

(Morlaix Viaduct)

(The beach at Trégastel, Côtes d'Armor, northern Brittany.)

(Sunset at Trégastel, Côtes d'Armor)

(Surfing at Locquirec, Finistère)


(Sunset on the motorway out west.)

(Kite surfing at Saint-Michel-en-Grève.)

(Statues at La Vallée des Saints, Carnoët, Côtes-d'Armor.)

(Saint-Efflam, Côtes d'Armor.)

(Bathing and sailing at Trébeurden, Côtes-d'Armor)

(Plougasnou, Finistère)

(Lunch in a restaurant on the beach at Grève-Blanche)

( Lac Guerlesquin, Finistère.)

(Bikes in the town of Morlaix.)

(St Michel Reservoir, Finistère.)

(The estuary at Toul An Hery.)

(Tréguier, Côtes d'Armor)

(Forest of Huelgoat, Finistére.)

(Lac du Drennec, Finistère)

Born in South Wales, Jennifer Hughes grew up in Cardiff and relocated to France with her partner and young children 13 years ago. 

“I have always lived near the coast and I’m lucky to now live on the beautiful North Coast of Brittany. Living on the border of Côtes-d'Armor and Finistère, the area is varied with its rugged coastline and open countryside,” she tells The Local. 

“I’ve been passionate about photography since I was a teenager and living here has reignited that passion. I find it fascinating how a place, a scene, changes. There are so many factors, the weather, the light, my mood and the people around me. I try to capture the way that a place makes me feel, in that particular moment, on that day,” she adds.

You can see more of her photographs by visiting her Facebook page.

If you have spectacular photos of a particular region of France and want to share them with our readers, we'd love to hear from you.

You can contact the editor Ben McPartland at [email protected]









French town of Nantes votes for referendum on exiting Pays-de-la-Loire region

The French city of Nantes is to hold a referendum on exiting the Pays-de-la-Loire region and becoming part of Brittany instead.

French town of Nantes votes for referendum on exiting Pays-de-la-Loire region
Photo: AFP

On Friday the town council of Nantes voted in favour of requesting the French government organise a referendum so local people can have their say about whether they wish to remain in the Pays-de-la-Loire region or become part of Brittany – a region that many say the town has more historic and cultural connections to.

The vote on Friday was carried by 56 votes and concerns whether the département of Loire-Atlantique – which contains Nantes – should move regions.

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The vote follows a petition in 2018 which gathered 105,000 signatures.

Nantes mayor Johanna Rolland said: “This strong citizen mobilisation cannot be ignored. It reflects the aspiration of our fellow citizens to be consulted to a greater extent, in a context of essential revitalisation of our democracy.”

The desire of people in the Loire-Atlantique to become Breton isn't new.
The départment was part of Brittany until World War II, when it was separated and made part of the neighbouring region by the Vichy government. That region eventually became the Pays-de-la-Loire in 1955.
The issue has been simmering since then and pro-Breton voices have become louder in recent years as they hope to take advantage of a law that allows départments to chose which region they belong to via a referendum.
The town, which is the historic seat of the Dukes of Brittany, also declared its intention to  “set up a permanent pluralist body to engage in a genuine consultation with the State on the organisation of this referendum, organise an in-depth debate on the issues and consequences of a redistribution in order to feed the citizen debate, and formulate proposals to strengthen cooperation between Nantes and the other Breton territories”. 
However the referendum will have to be approved by both the national government and the regional authorities.

France's regions were reorganised in 2016 and several were merged to create the current 13 regions of mainland France.

Brittany currently covers four départements – Ille-et-Vilaine, Côtes-d'Armor, Finistère and Morbihan – while Pays-de-la-Loire covers Loire-Atlantique, Maine-et-Loire, Mayenne, Sarthe and Vendée. Nantes is currently the largest town in the region.