Although Redon is situated at the heart of the Brittany countryside, on the border between Brittany and the Pays de la Loire, it is also at the confluence of the Rivers Oust and Vilaine, so its scenery is very much shared between land and water.
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Redon : A trip back in time
The town is surrounded by marshes in the shape of a star and its beauty can be seen by strolling through the narrow streets of the old town, visiting the Abbey of Saint-Sauveur, just as easily as by walking or taking a boat trip through the magnificent countryside of fishing rivers, bird reserves and splendid valleys.
During the Middle Ages, Redon was the site of the largest Benedictine abbey in Brittany, which gave it an important position in the region and it still has some fine architectural heritage buildings from this great epoch, like the Abbey of Saint-Sauveur itself which remains the jewel in the crown today. But the Redon area can take us much further back in time ! The Landes de Cojoux at Saint-Just, twenty kilometres north of the town, is one of the leading prehistoric sites in Brittany. The vast sacred site was frequented by Neolithic man for several thousand years. The megaliths were erected at various periods between 4,500 B.C. and 1,500 B.C. A 7km discovery trail takes you to see the finest monuments and discover the legends which surround them like the ‘Demoiselles’ (maidens) lines of standing stones. It is said that these young girls were turned to stone because they danced instead of going to church !
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How and when to get to Redon
Redon is due south of Rennes on the edge of the Ille-et-Vilaine region. A good network of roads lead there and it also has a railway station where TGVs stop regularly. One of the highlights of the year in the area is the Foire Teillouse and Bogue d’Or Chestnut Festival at the end of October, when you can eat chestnuts while listening to traditional music and songs!"