©Centre ville de Malestroit (juillet 2016)|BERTHIER Emmanuel
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The Small Towns of Character

Small towns with a strong character

The Petites Cités de Caractère® de Bretagne Association brings together atypical towns, both rural in their limited population and urban in their history and heritage. These towns, once capitals, have often seen their urban functions reduced after the Administrative and Industrial Revolutions of France. But this has taken nothing away from their charms.

The concept of a label of Petites Cités de Caractère®, a label that is now national, was initiated in Brittany in 1975 by Jean-Bernard Vighetti, general delegate of the Breton association, was born of the desire to group together in a network of communes with a remarkable heritage and wishing to preserve it.

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16 km from Rochefort-en-Terre, Malestroit is labeled Petite Cité de Caractère®
with a fascinating history and a preserved built heritage.
From the Nantes to Brest canal, discover the charm of the old streets,
where stone facades and half-timbered houses alternate.
Here and there, curious sculptures punctuate the discovery of this thousand-year-old city.

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La Roche-Bernard

The stones with a patina of age, the sloping streets tell
the story of this Petite Cité de Caractère® born of the sea and the navy.
Hanging on the bank of the Vilaine River, sometimes built on the side of the rock,
old mansions, private mansions go down towards the old port.
An original urban landscape only 26 km from Rochefort-en-Terre!

Site of the Tourist Office


42 km from Rochefort-en-Terre, the imposing towers
of the castle of Josselin are reflected in the Oust.
Owned by the Rohan family, one of the oldest families in Brittany,
it is the symbol of this pretty town.
Schedule half a day to stroll through the charming alleys
of this Petite Cité de Caractère® and visit its basilica.

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Small Cities of Character