Brittany, France’s northwesternmost region, is a hilly peninsula extending out toward the Atlantic Ocean. Its lengthy, rugged coastline is dotted with beach resorts such as chic Dinard and walled Saint-Malo, built on rock in the English Channel. Rennes is the capital city of Brittany. It’s known for its medieval half-timbered houses and grand Cathedral. Rennes was nearly destroyed by a fire in 1720, but the medieval quarter survived. The city is an intriguing mixture of old architecture, customs and traditions, along with a vibrant contemporary culture of arts, music and lively festivals.