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The inhabitants of Brittany, France, known as Bretons, are extremely proud of their Celtic roots and have preserved their culture, including their language, architecture and festivals, for centuries. Thousands of kilometres of coastline are laced with pristine beaches and brilliantly blue ocean, drawing in hordes of visitors during the summer months. Venture further inland and you'll find traditional stone farmhouses, plush forests and walled medieval towns. Choose to stay in a hostel either on mainland Brittany or on one of the small islands dotted around the coast, close-by to lighthouses standing boldly amid crashing waves. Rennes, the region's capital, boasts a historic old town and a lively student population. Or head to Saint-Brieuc, vibrant with street buskers and music festivals. Wander through art galleries in the attractive town of Dinan. Experience traditional Breton culture in the port town of Lannion, or uncover the secrets of prehistoric times at Lorient.