Ille et Vilaine

Breton "Far" - plum/prune cake 

Ille-et-Vilaine (35)

Ille-et-Vilaine is a department of the region of Brittany. It is bordered by the departments of Manche to the north-east, Mayenne to the east, Maine-et-Loire to the south-east, Loire-Atlantique to the south, Morbihan to the south-west, and Côtes-d'Armor to the west and north-west. Also the English Channel borders the department to the north. The department is named after its two main rivers, the Ille and the Vilaine, whose confluence is in Rennes, the capital of the department and of the region of Brittany.

The north coast of Ille-et-Vilaine is probably best known for the flat Bay of the Mont Saint-Michel and for the old walled harbour town of St Malo, from where ferries run daily to the United Kingdom, Jersey and Guernsey.

Like the rest of Brittany Ille-et-Vilaine is steeping in legends, especially Arthurian folklores, notably the ancient forest of Broceliande believed to have been the home to the wizard Merlin.

St Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany St Malo

Prefecture - Rennes

Places of interest:

The Emerald Coast - sandy beaches and granite cliffs
Dinard and St Malo - coastal towns
Fougeres and Vitre - fortified medieval towns
Paimpont Forest - primeval forest

Weather in Ille-et-Vilaine


Travelling to the Ille-et-Vilaine



Nearest Ferry Port:

French Terminal St Malo Caen Roscoff Cherbourg Le Havre Dieppe Calais Dunkerque
Approx. journey time to Rennes 55min 1hr 50min 2hr 20min 2hr 30min 2hr 45min 3hr 35min 4hr 55min 5hr 15min

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Nearest Airports:

Airport Rennes Dinard Nantes Lorient Brest
Approx. journey time to Rennes - 55min 1hr 20min 1hr 45min 2hr 30min



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TGV Stations in Brittany:

Brest, Loriet, Morlaix, Quimper, Redon, Rennes, St Brieuc, Vannes