TRAVEL: Côte de Granit Rose, Brittany, France

Destined for the pages of West magazine...

“Ou est la plage sil vous plait?” said I, in my best (still terrible) French accent.“Which beach do you want?” came the answer.

This exchange between myself and a German mum-of-two, who was on a camping trip to the Brittany with her family and, it transpired, had the low-down on the best beaches, pretty much sums up our recent summer holiday on the other side of the Channel: the region has a surfeit of sugar soft sandy beaches which are not only beautiful but have an air of adventure to them, largely due to the peach hued rocks and boulders that protrude out of the sea, which disappears far into the distance at low tide exposing a prehistoric landscape skirting huge expanses of sand, speckled with shells.

What with its rich fish and seaweed stocks and the Bretons’ penchant for sailing, Brittany has a strong seafaring identity. Its character is also partly defined by a subtle religiosity which numerous, lofty, well preserved churches verify, while Brittany's ancient past is evident in its ubiquitous megaliths and charming medieval architecture.

And when it comes to the weather, the region enjoys a warmer climate and warmer seas than Britain, and far less crowds...

Thanks to Brittany Ferries, which offer daily crossings from Plymouth, Poole and Portsmouth, getting there and back is a breeze...