𝗔 𝗚𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿’𝘀 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗻! 𝗗𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗙𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗵 𝗠𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗲𝘃𝗮𝗹 𝘃𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗴𝗲.
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Thirty minutes by car from Saint-Brieuc, Bretagne (Brittany), France, Montcontour is a medieval city surrounded by thick granite ramparts from the 13th and 14th centuries.
I have visited countless medieval villages in France and never have come across one with so many beautiful gardens. Usually hidden behind private walls, this town boasts a massive variety of container, parcel, and public gardens.
The small town, surrounded by narrow moats, served as an outpost for the city of Lamballe, the capital of Penthièvre. You will see part of the moat towards the end of the video.
Unlike many French medieval villages, this is not a tourist destination. Strolling her quiet streets, shops are primarily for residents. Montcontour is the perfect respite for a mix of history, culture, and wandering amongst the flower-laden narrow streets.
In some ways, she seems almost frozen in time.
Here is a brief evaluation of Montcontour:
Who should visit – This is a perfect spot for those looking to see a medieval French village not overrun with tourists, photographers looking for an authentic village experience, those who love gardens, French history & culture, or hikers.
What to consider – This village would be difficult to navigate with a stroller or for those with mobility issues. Wear comfortable shoes.
When to visit – May through October, Tuesday through Saturday. Avoid the Sunday and Monday closures typical to rural France.
Where – Montcontour, Cotes d’Armor, Bretagne, France
Why this village is so unique – I have yet to visit a medieval town like this so well preserved AND boasting this many gardens.
How to get there – By car. The closest TGV train station is Saint-Brieuc. Bus might be another option but please check in advance.
Bisous from Bretagne,
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