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Rennes, or Roazhon as it is known locally, is a city in the northwestern France and party of the historic Brittany region. Formerly an independent Kingdom, the Duchy of Brittany has historically been home to Gauls, Romans, and Bretons. Rennes now stands as the capital of the Brittany region, and the stately nature of the city makes it an attractive destination for couples and families alike with its grand châteaus, large public gardens, and quaint cafes. The city is also one of the largest student hubs in France, so there is also plenty of events and festivals happening throughout the year. Finding and booking your ideal hotel in Rennes can be a tough task, particularly when you have hundreds of hotel to choose from. Venere makes things much simpler by offering thousands of user submitted hotel reviews, photo galleries, and our interactive map so that you can book the hotel best suited to your needs.
What's Rennes Like?
Like much of France, Rennes offers a little something for everyone. One of the most tranquil attractions is the Parc du Thabor, a large lush garden ideal for afternoon walks and picnics. The Parlement de Bretagne (Parlement of Brittany) building is a Baroque 16th century structure which also houses the Court of Appeals, and at night colorful images are projected onto the walls. The Centre Historique de Rennes (Rennes Historic Center)is the Old Town, and offers a bit of everything from Middle Ages buildings, to narrow streets and little boutiques. You can even take a guided tour through the area if you are interested in learning a bit about the local history.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Rennes
Rennes enjoys an oceanic climate which results in warm summers and mild winters. From June to August you can expect average temperatures of around 24°C, however unexpected heat waves can often see temperatures soar to 39°C. The city has one of the fastest growing populations in France, and its large student population means that most of the local Rennais will speak English. Many of the popular attractions are within walking distance of the city center, however you can find plenty of bicycle rental kiosks, which offers a scenic and efficient way of getting around. If you visit between July and August then you will find that things are noticeably quieter as the large student population return home or visit the coast. The students who stay behind often arrange the Quartiers d'été festival in July, which involves lots of cinema, music, and art performances.
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