Josselin, "Petite Cité de Caractère"
Josselin holds the much coveted title of "Petite Cité de Caractère" - literally little City of Character - denoting the quality of its historic buildings, which fan out from the banks of the Oust up the slopes of the valley.
A few steps from the castle, the 16th century Basilica of Our Lady of the Brambles is a treasure trove of stained glass and other religious artefacts, and another superb example of the flamboyant Gothic style. The town has nearly fifty half-timbered houses, including a rare porched example in the course of renovation, while the oldest, nestling in the St. Croix quarter at the foot of the castle walls, date from 1538.
The Tourist Circuit
The tourist circuit, consisting of illustrated panels, enables visitors to discover the fascinating history of the town. A plan of the circuit and a booklet of family games relating to it are available free from the tourist office.
Go with the flow
Go with the flow is a delightful, interactive circuit designed to enable visitors to discover the flora and fauna of the Bois d’Amour (literally Wood of Love) and the interesting hydraulic millennium clock with its coloured jets of water. You will also hear the story of the Aboyeuses, or barkers, as Josselin’s noisy washerwomen were once called. Information from the Tourist Office ( see below ).
Photos : Jean-Pierre Bauchet
The Nantes to Brest Canal tourist trail
Running from Saint Congard, south-east of Malestroit, to Les Forges, north-west of Josselin, this fifty kilometre trail allows visitors to explore the Oust valley. Ten illustrated panels on the towpath tell the story of the river, canalised during the first half of the 19th century.
For more information, contact the Josselin Area Tourist Office Email : firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone : +33 2 97 22 36 43 (English spoken). The tourist office is temporarily in the Place des remparts. In 2015, the office will move to a permanent site in the newly restored Maison des Porches, a magnificient half-timbered house in the main street, Rue Olivier de Clisson.
If you are planning to stay in Broceliande and would like further information about our programme of events Destination Broceliande, please go to: www.broceliande-vacances.com (Please note that for the moment this site is only available in french. For information in English, please contact the local tourist office).
You can also find tourist information in English on the website of the Morbihan Department Tourism Service at www.morbihan.com and also on the regional website at www.tourismebretagne.com, which is available in English, Breton, Dutch, German, Italian and Spanish.