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There are some places you should absolutely visit during your stay, as described below. To find them, you can download the map above or contact the tourist office.
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Lake of Trémelin

Lac de Trémelin
Trémelin Lake

The lake of Trémelin is a must-see.

You should not leave if you haven't visited it yet !

 

The lake of Trémelin is a place where you cannot possibly get bored and it's the perfect spot to have a nice family time, all kinds of activities are offered : 

You can swim (only in July and August and under the supervision of lifeguards), fish or sail. 

But not only water activities are proposed, you can also find there an equestrian center, restaurants and a bed and breakfast, a campsite, a center for contemporary art for example.. 

And if you want to go for a walk, there are many pedestrian paths for hiking, as well as paths suitable for horses and mountain bikes.

 

For further information, you can consult : www.lacdetremelin.com. (it is in French but the brochure and the map may be helpful), download a french brochure below or contact  Monfort tourist office.


Brocéliande

Foret de Brocéliande
Brocéliande forest, credits ©Hervé Glot

Only a few miles away from Montfort, you can find Brocéliande Forest. Brocéliande is a land of legends, filled with mistery.

And to learn more about those legends in a funny, fascinating way, two main activities are proposed : 

  • 'La Porte des Secrets' :

Discover a unique scenographic experience:

Pierre, a forest ranger will receive you to tell you everything about Brocéliande, its stories and legends in a humorous way.

The stories will be related in one of Paimpont abbey's oldest annexes.

For further information, please consult : La porte des secrets Brocéliande (french website)

 

  • 'Les visites contées' :

Follow the storyteller-guide and let him tell you everything about Brocéliande's secrets. You will discover the forest through little paths among rocks, fountains and ponds while listening to the stories of the knights of the Round Table.

For further information, please consult : Brocéliande vacances (french website)

 


Geocaching

Géocaching
Geocaching, credits ©Marc Ollivier

If you don't know what geocaching is, you can consult the offical website.

 

Come and discover the land of Montfort while searching for Brittany's treasures and having fun. Treasures have been hidden in Montfort, Boutavent, Careil or the 'Chambre au Loup' valley, waiting for you to find them. 

You just need to take a GPS with you (if you don't have one you can borrow it at the tourist office), and download the roadmap. 

Ready? Give it your best shot!

 


Interpretation trails

Sentiers d'interprétation
Interpretation trails

Take a playful walk to learn more about the landscape around you. 

Booklets are given for free at the Tourist Office. 

 

Several paths are proposed : 

  • 'La balade des deux étangs', From Trémelin to Careil (-Iffendic), 11 km.
  • 'L'arbre et l'oiseau au lac de Trémelin', Iffendic, for 6 to 12 years old, 5 km.
  • From Saint-Gonlay to the 'Chambre au Loup' valley, Iffendic, 10 km.
  • 'La balade buissonnière', Saint-Gonlay,for 7 to 12 years old, 3 km. (you can find a guide on : sentiers de Brocéliande (french website))
  • 'Le sentier des Demoiselles', Pleumeleuc, 2 km.

Place for contemporary art: l'aparté

L'aparté, lieu d'art contemporain
L'aparté

Located at the lake of Trémelin in Iffendic, L'aparté is a place of residence and creation.

Each year, it receives five experienced or emerging artists. 

For 6 to 8 weeks, those artists are invited to develop an original project, linked to the place's particularities. 

To end that experimenting period, an exhibition is made.

 

Throughout the year, l'Aparté develops a program of pedagogical actions for schools as well as meetings and workshops outside the building. 

 

Accessible to disabled visitors.

 

Website : L'aparté Lac (french website)


'school of the 50's museum'

Maison école Saint-Gonlay
'School-House' in Saint Gonlay, credits ©Montfort Communauté

 In the heart of the 'gallo' region, Saint-Gonlay's burg houses an old school (rebuilt during the 20th century), composed of a reconstituted classroom and three exhibition halls in the teacher's old house.

While opening the door, smells of chalk and wax will bring you back into the fifties: the angled desks, the black board and the wood-burning stove hasn't moved since.. but take care, if you're not good enough, you could end up wearing the dunce's cap!

 

Guided tours for groups by reservation.


'Chambre au loup' valley (iffendic)

Vallée de la Chambre au Loup
Chambre au Loup valley, credits ©Michel Jamoneau

Sensitive natural space of Ille-et-Vilaine , the place includes an enclosed valley surrounded by 35-meters-high cliffs, offering an extraordinary landscape some call a 'little canyon'. 

 

The legend of the Celtic Wolf was born there. The place will amaze you by its beauty , and the huge variety of its flora. 

 

Accessible from the hiking path n° 188 and 'GR 37'.


Careil ornithological reserve (iffendic)

Réserve ornithologique Careil
Careil ornithlogical reserve

Sensitive natural space of Ille-et-Vilaine, this site is home to a large variety of bird species that you can contemplate from an observation post, for an incredible sight.

 

But not only birds can be found in Careil, you can also observe threatened hardy species (goats, sheeps or breton draft horses) that have been introduced on the meadows.   

 

Accessible from the hiking path n°116,  accessible to disabled persons.


Boutavent, natural and medieval site (iffendic)

SIte médiéval et naturel de Boutavent
Boutavent medieval site

Boutavent is a natural and medieval site, overhanging a pond and which has a true archeological value. 

An interpretation trail will give you an overview of what life could look like during the XIIth century . 

Restoration operations are regularly made on this site, please respect the archeological remains. 

 

Accessible from the hiking path n°118 and the 'GR37'.


Medieval garden and feudal clod (bédée)

Jardin médiéval de Béde et motte féodale
Medevial garden in Bédée

Wether it is the garden of a monastery, of a castle or the one of a peasant, the garden of the Middle Ages is a closed and useful space where the plants providing food and remedies are cultivated. A rose garden was added to the restitution of this one. 

 

Prolong your walk by passing by a path that will lead you to the Joubin clod and Blavon pond where you will find an interpretation path, playground areas and more...

Accessible from the hiking paths n° 101,102 and 104.


Montfort, former medieval town

Montfort, ancienne cité médiévale
Montfort, former medieval town

Make an audioguided tour of the old medieval part of the town. 

Discover the medieval town by downloading an app: "GPTO l'ancienne cité médiévale" (in French) on your smpartphone, or just by taking a map at the tourist office. 

Let yourself be guided through the city and discover the remains of the Middle Ages. 

You can find below a few examples of the old buildings you can discover in Montfort:

Papegaut tower

tour papegaut
La Tour Papegaut

According to estimations, the tower was built during the XIVth century.

It is the best preserved and representative element of the old medieval fortress and it was part of the castle.

It is said its name comes from a contest of archers and crossbowmen.

It used to be a jail during the XIX and XXth centuries, and cannot be visited. 

 

The Tower is classified Historical Monument. 

 

You can download for free the GPTO app (on the Appstore or on Google Play) or borrow an audio guide to walk about an hour through the city. 

Thanks to that application, the city's evolution over time will be explained to you, in a funny way and by using geolocalisation.

 

 

Montfort's courthouse

Tribunal Montfort
Monfort old Courthouse

 

In 1799, Montfort becomes the headquarters of a subprefecture and of a district court. 

It was built between 1832 and 1834. 

 

The building's frontage was willingly built showing its back to the medieval part of the city to illustrate the rupture of the bourgeois elite with the former aristocratic power.

It definitely lost its court function in 2009 and is now the city's  property.

It was rehabilitated in 2014 to house the local multimedia library 'LaGirafe'.

 

Religious heritage (st louis-marie grignion's native house)

Maison Natale de St Louis-Marie Grignion
Saint Louis-Marie Grignion's Native House

Monfort is well-known for being Louis-Marie Grignion's place of birth, in 1673 (Rue de la Saulnerie, one of the city's oldest streets).

In this house is perpetuated the memory of this missionary whom devoted his life to the religious reconquest of the working class. 

He created several religious charities : 'les Filles de la Sagesse', 'les Frères de Saint Gabriel' and 'les Frères et les Pères Montfortains'.

The house can be visited throughout the year (by knocking at the door) and it also receives pilgrimages.