Deep dark forests, glimmering waters, Celtic customs and frothy beers—it’s not your typical vision of France. That’s because it’s Brittany, a historically independent and fiercely proud region abutting the Atlantic Ocean, where old traditions thrive, a regional language is spoken and local identity lives strong. Take a walk—or hike or bike ride—through the fairy-tale forests and winding canals of the region’s dense interior, then head into the towns and cities for a cultural experience like no other. Night festivals teem with biniou and bombarde music, traditional costumes are worn and century-old dances are performed into the wee hours. Brittany’s miles of coastline set the stage for nautical adventures, while seafood lovers feast on lobsters, oysters and sea bass. Ciders, beers and Muscadet wines enhance the fresh flavors, creating the perfect seaside indulgence. It’s all washed down with a distinct regional identity and culture that’s exalted in, and begging to be experienced. You’ll be happy to oblige.