Brest, located in the department of Finistère in Brittany, is also known as 'Cité du Ponant', is a city full of charm, cradled in its maritime past.
As the saying goes 'you can not pass through Brest, you arrive there' because the next town is New York! So when visiting Brest, take the time to discover this historic city, visit the town centre and stroll along the nearby coastal paths. A stopover in Brest is the opportunity to stay in a hotel by the sea in Finistère, with an exceptional view of the Iroise Sea, the abers or the Virgin's lighthouse.
When visiting Brest, a stroll to the Brest arsenal should not be missed: after Toulon, it is the second most important French naval base. Contemplate the view of Brest harbour, known for being one of the most beautiful in Europe, and discover the delights of the sea air, the islands and the Brittany coast. In Brest, the sea breezes will waft you to the National Maritime Museum, the Jardin du Conservatoire Botanique National and the Océanopolis aquarium. Are you longing to go to sea? Aboard the good ship Penn Ar Bed, you can take a boat trip to the isle of Ushant and pass the time pleasantly offshore. Those wishing to visit Brest while staying on dry land can venture into the heart of Fort Montbarey. Take a hike to the Petit Minou lighthouse and admire breathtaking views of the bay. As for a stroll, 'le parc de la Penfeld' offers a wealth of nature close to the city centre.
Brest, a city with rhythm Street theatre and concerts are held every Thursday for ”Port Thursdays”, a popular event that is widely appreciated. Brest beaches Enjoy the pleasures of the sea and swimming at the beach of le Moulin Blanc, near the marina. Farther afield, the beach of the Minou is an unspoilt beach that will delight surfers and enchants visitors with its superb view of the peninsula. Tregana beach lies 15km from Brest and is ideal for families with its fine sand and turquoise water.