Discovering the Brocéliande Forest in Brittany
Land of legends and mysteries, the Brocéliande Forest is a mythical place in Brittany on the borders of Ille-et-Vilaine and Morbihan. Take advantage of your camping stay to visit the cradle of Arthurian legends and follow in the footsteps of Merlin the enchanter, the fairy Viviane, King Arthur, the knight Lancelot. Time for daydreaming and discovery!
Where is the Brocéliande forest?
If you type "Brocéliande Forest" into your GPS, you won't find anything! For the forest of Brocéliande is above all an imaginary and literary forest popularized by the poet Chrétien de Troyes in the 12th century. We must look for the forest of Paimpont. This small village of character between Rennes and Vannes is a perfect starting point to discover all the mysteries of this forest like no other.
A magical nature full of secrets and mysteries
With an area of about 10,000 hectares, 80% of the forest is private. Nevertheless, it offers many possibilities for walking, mountain biking or horse riding. With nearly 200 km of hiking trails, Brocéliande is a formidable terrain of discovery where nature meets history: enigmatic landscapes, centenary oaks, menhirs and megaliths, lakes, ponds and tortuous streams are so many settings that force the doors of the imagination.
Legendary places to visit
You are passionate about Celtic legends and arthurian myths inspire you? Relive the adventures of the Knights of the Round Table as you discover Merlin's tomb, the Valley of No Return, the Fairy Mirror and the Golden Tree. Further on, we find Barenton's miraculous fountain, said to have supernatural powers... Close your eyes and you may hear the fairy Viviane or Morgane whispering in your ear... A little further on, the castle of Trécesson, one of the most impressive medieval fortresses in Brittany, is reputed to be haunted. We would meet a white lady and the ghost of a headless priest... Also, participate in a walk told in the heart of the forest to know all its secrets will probably remain one of the highlights of your camping holiday in Brocéliande! To do this, go to the Arthurian Imaginary Centre at Comper Castle in Concoret. On the programme: guided tours, but also thematic exhibitions, shows, conferences and workshops for children around Arthur's Brittany and the Knights of the Round Table.
Some visiting tips
- Without a car, it is difficult to fully enjoy the Brocéliande forest because it is very extensive and the sites are sometimes very far from each other.
- The Tourist Offices of Paimpont, Tréhorenteuc or Guer offer a guide to visit for a few euros which is very useful to radiate on Brocéliande without getting lost.
- To prepare your visit, the site Destination Brocéliande is a must!
Picture : BERTHIER Emmanuel – CRT Bretagne