Almost 400 kilometres long, this is France’s largest waterway and runs from Nantes to towns including Josselin, Pontivy to Brest.
Building began in 1538, but it wasn’t finished until 1842, with Napoleon also influencing its construction. The market towns of Josselin with its Renaissance castle and the Napoleonic centre of Pontivy lie on the canal. Each summer, Pontivy castle organises exhibitions, infusing contemporary and historical art. There is a variety of shops, bars and restaurants in the nearby commune of Gouarec. Alongside the canal is a cinder track surrounded by Brittany’s woodland which provides a varied cycle route due to the canal’s flat and steep land.