The scene of the legend of King Arthur, Brocéliande forest is the mythical heart of Brittany. With its landscape of moors, high forests and deep valleys, it is the kingdom of the imagination, storytellers and popular beliefs.
In Paimpont, discover the scenic route of Brocéliande, the Gate of Secrets, which will reveal the treasures of the forest.
The ancient Brocéliande forest takes you on a journey of mythical sites in the footsteps of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, Merlin the Wizard and the fairies Vivien and Morgan.
It was in the winding valley of Val sans Retour (Valley of No Return) that Morgan is said to have imprisoned unfaithful knights. Be charmed by the Golden Tree or the Fairies’ Mirror in which the whims of the sky are reflected.
Vivien’s House, which overlooks the Valley, offers a beautiful view of this intimate landscape. Further north, the mythical site of the Fountain of Barenton is where Merlin and Vivien dated. According to legend, a single drop of water spilt on the slab is enough to unleash a storm in the heavens.
Then set out to hunt for the Fountain of Youth and Merlin’s Tomb, the remains of a megalithic site with a holly bush growing through it. Lastly, at the end of your quest, the romantic banks of Etang du Pas-du-Houx are ideal for a rest, along with the vestiges of the Forges de Paimpont.
Many other natural sites, such as the Chambre au Loup in Iffendic or the unspoilt valleys of Serein and Aff, have a captivating charm specific to the atmosphere of this forest.
The presence of unusual megalithic sites are a reminder that the area is also a site of ancient beliefs and rites.
Patience, perseverance and a taste for adventure will be your best assets to shed light on all the mysteries of Brocéliande… but take care of spells!
What I know is not necessarily what you could find out”, said Merlin. “The best thing is to go and see.
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