In Upper Britain, at the confluence of the Island and the Vilaine, Rennes is known for its medieval half-timbered facades and its immense Saint-Pierre cathedral. University city, city of Art and history, cultural and gourmet destination, with parks, museums and entertainment, Rennes can satisfy all audiences. The most visible is the heritage of the historic centre with its cobbled streets, rich in 90 buildings protected as Historic Monuments. Remains of the medieval period, the Mordelaise Gates and the old ramparts, the traditional wooden houses of the Renaissance and many religious buildings, the Parliament of Brittany are to be compared with contemporary buildings designed by Jean Nouvel or Christian de Portzamparc. A green version, Rennes is not to be outdone with a large number of parks and gardens, including the famous Thabor, one of the most beautiful parks in France, which covers 10 hectares, a rose garden of 2,000 varieties, French-style gardens, an English-style park, remarkable trees and a music stand. For its part, Parc des Gayeulles is home to 100 hectares of farm animals, a tree-lined trail, ponds and hiking trails, an ice rink and a swimming pool. In addition, there are countless cultural sites, art galleries, original and alternative cultural sites, theatres. Essential: the Fine Arts Museum with works by Boticelli, Rubens or Picasso, and the great cultural centre of the Champs Libres with the Museum of Brittany and the Science area, rich in a planetarium.

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When to go to Rennes?

Rennes has so much to offer that it can be visited all year round. Museums are open all year round, as are parks and gardens. Cultural activities are spread throughout the year. The tourist reception is sufficient even during the peak of traffic. And if tourist numbers peak in summer, they remain spread over the rest of the year. In addition, the harsh winter weather and summer heat remain quite bearable. And know it, there is always something happening in Rennes on Sundays!

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TOP 20 des Terrasses les Plus Agréables de Rennes

To have a coffee, an aperitif, a good meal, bask in the sun or enjoy the art of living in Rennes, the Breton capital is full of beautiful terraces. Small or large, exposed or hidden, they all know how to make themselves desired.We invite you to discover each one in turn, to take the pulse of the Breton capital in the early hours of the morning, to admire the interweaving of Rennes' architecture, to savour the art of living specific to ...

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At the gateway to Brittany, on the banks of the Vilaine River, Rennes has been at the top of the list of France's most livable and dynamic cities for several years. With a third of its population made up of students, the former Condate has never stopped rejuvenating, embellishing its image, highlighting its heritage and working tirelessly on its status as a cultural capital. The charm of its medieval streets, its prestigious buildings such ...

28 ème édition du festival Marmaille

The Marmaille festival re-enchants every year the live show in Rennes and more generally in Ille-et-Vilaine. The 17 creations on offer from 13 to 23 October 2020 are aimed at young audiences and families. It is an opportunity to educate children from an early age to discover the performing arts: puppets; pop song concerts; theatre and objects; dance, voice and music... The program proposed by Lillico, a Rennes-based association that supports ...

La compagnie Volotea va desservir de nouvelles destinations cet été depuis Rennes

Rennes-Bretagne airport has announced the opening of four new routes this summer operated by Volotea, a major partner in the region. The destinations served are Corsica, one of the most popular destinations from Rennes. Passengers will thus be able to reach Bastia, Figari and Ajaccio from July. The fourth destination is Biarritz in the south-west. Note that Volotea is also resuming its route to Marseille. For the safety of all in times of ...