Celtic traditions and long sandy beaches Brittany has a distinct cultural identity that sets it apart from the rest of France, and in fact aligns more with parts of Great Britain: early settlers were Celtic, and in the 5th and 6th centuries, after the collapse of the Roman Empire, the area was further settled by Celts fleeing Anglo-Saxon invaders. The Breton language, related to Cornish and Welsh, still survives, and Celtic music and traditions are celebrated in festivals. Geographically, the area is known for its rugged coastline and long stretches of beaches, and medieval fortress towns such as Dinan, St-Malo and Vannes. The ancient burial grounds of early Neolithic inhabitants can still be seen in places like Carnac and Camaret. We have a fantastic selection of hotels in Brittany. Some stand in splendid isolation in remote rural areas, with onsite restaurants, swimming pools and tennis courts in their extensive grounds; others are in busier towns, close to restaurants and shops. Read more about four great hotels in Brittany.