Brittany's capital will no doubt surprise you with its rich and diverse heritage. A weekend is not enough to see all its iconic monuments and sites. Here is a list of Rennes' Top 10 historical or symbolic sites to be visited during your stay.
A unique part of Rennes's heritage, mosaic art has left its mark not only on the Breton capital, but on the entire west of France. It all started with the Odorico family, who settled in Rennes in 1882. Their work marked beginning of a tale spanning two generations of Italian artists and craftsmen, who decorated many buildings in and around the city of Rennes. Their rich artistic heritage can still be admired today on the city's guided tours.
Festivals and the street
"The people of Rennes love to take to the street to celebrate. At the beginning of the summer, specifically for the annual music festival, they come in droves for a good time. Those are some precious moments that I particularly appreciate."
While Rennes is no wine country, brewing has a firm foothold in the area and throughout Brittany. A number of craft breweries make high-quality beer, each with its own distinctive flavour. You can discover these local specialities at microbreweries run by beer enthusiasts with a head for hops. So come and enjoy a round in Rennes and the surrounding area, and sample (in moderation!) some unique Breton flavours!
The stranger and a match
"Just three years ago, a perfect stranger offered me a match on the terrace of a café. I then searched the city to them again ... Today, I can safely say that it was a game-changing match."
For a surprising weekend away, head to Rennes. Brittany's capital is the perfect place to go for a night in a quirky hotel, a shopping spree full of surprises, discovering the hidden side of a large city or enjoying a glass of absinthe in an underground bar.
A culinary journalist talks about food, meets the chefs, writes about local products. There are less pleasant jobs out there. In Rennes, Olivier Marie is known as the white wolf in almost every kitchen. Especially those he favours with his pen: the quality gastronomy, those who work with local, fresh and seasonal produce. All Rennes citizens are aware that they are spoiled for choice to eat well in their own city. So, to whet your appetite, we decided to meet someone who knows it best.
So close to the sea and the countryside
"I am Provencal, from the countryside and I love the living environment of Rennes, the Breton way! Here we are so close to the sea and to the countryside. I was quickly hooked."