If a classic French town that feels fresh from a fairy tale is what you’re after, get yourself to Rennes.
The vibrant capital of Brittany is steeped in medieval architecture, impressive gastronomy and historic delights such as the Palais du Parlement de Bretagne, which houses the Court of Appeal. The half-timbered houses situated around Place Saint-Anne in the Quaint Quarter are a reminder of old Rennes which was ravaged by a fire and destroyed much of the city in 1720.
Nowadays, one of France’s greenest cities makes this an enviable place to live and stay with an abundance of community gardens and parks including the stunning Parc du Thabor. The relaxed atmosphere of a small town, with retained charm and good transportation links, makes Rennes an attractive destination, yet well placed as a cultured, international city.