When you set off from our new Melesse base, you will fall under the spell of the River Vilaine. If you make your first stop in Rennes you can explore its Parliament, cathedral and half-timbered houses. Heading southwards, the bridge at Pont-Réan, with its nine arches offers a superb viewpoint over the river. As you approach Messac, do not miss the water-mills and windmills of the Breton moorlands or the numerous châteaux and castles in the area.
If you set off from the Saint-Martin-sur-Oust base, there are numerous options for river and canal cruising. Take your self-drive boat, follow the Nantes-Brest Canal to reach the very beautiful river island known as the Île aux Pies. From there, take a highly recommended detour on the little river Aff to the lovely village of La Gacilly, with its flower-filled alleys and magnificent botanical garden. Continuing on the Nantes-Brest Canal, you reach Redon with its Saint Saviour abbey, a real waterways crossroads and the country of the magician Merlin! Heading towards Nantes, follow the Erdre valley, passing through Blain and the Gâvre forest.
To the west of Saint-Martin-sur-Oust, the Nantes Brest Canal becomes one of the most beautiful navigable waterways. After Malestroit with its half-timbered houses, mossy pathways, a sublime quality of light, and villages of granite and slate, you reach the walls and daunting keeps of Josselin Castle. It’s a magical journey!