The sea… right in front of you
To the very west of Brittany, Brest immediately faces the sea. This civilian and military port invites you also to enjoy the sea along its famous harbor - one of the most beautiful in Europe - where you can indulge in the delights of sea air from the islands and Atlantic coast.
Not to miss
The port of Brest, immerse yourself in the streets of the city that grew around its arsenal, built in 1631 by Cardinal Richelieu, on the banks of the river Penfeld. Even today, the naval base remains the economic heart of the city, which was completely rebuilt after the 1944 bombings.
Stroll through the city center and discover the oldest monument in the city, the Château de Brest... seventeen centuries old. It houses the Maritime Museum which exposes the entire military history of the city including a fine collection of model ships.
Three other museums complement the Brest cultural landscape:
- Tanguy Tower Museum: the tower of the same name, a collection of dioramas representing the city of Brest on the eve of World War II;
- Océanopolis: unique in Europe, an ocean discovery park allowing you to fully explore all the world's oceans by combining scientific and theatrical approaches;
- Museum of Fine Arts: Mecca of European painting from the late sixteenth century to the present day.
Remarkable natural sites
Around Brest, you can't help but enjoy the nature around you. Visit La Pointe Saint-Mathieu, one of Europe's westernmost headlands, or Molène Ouessant - classed as a "Biosphere Reserve" by UNESCO. Brest harbor, an exceptional cruise area or the fishing village Meneham are also worth visiting.
Festivals and events
Every summer, on Thursdays come to the port on the banks of Brest, where you can enjoy free concerts.
Every four years, for a week, Brest organizes international meetings for traditional riggings (Tonnerres de Brest). This fantastic collection of thousands of boats from around the world is worth a look (next event in 2016).
The riches of the sea have enough to satisfy even the most discerning of palates. Lobsters, crabs, oysters, clams, shrimps, periwinkles... are sea food dishes not to be missed. Finally, how can we not mention the world renowned buckwheat cakes and crepes?
For dessert there is the kouign amann (literally "butter cake") and the Far Breton... sprinkled with cider it will satisfy the most discerning of palates. Enjoy your stay!
Tourist information office
8 Avenue Georges Clemenceau
Tel:+33 (0)2 98 44 24 96
- From Paris to Rennes: Autoroute A11-E50/A81
- From Rennes to Brest: Expressway RN 12.
- From Nantes to Brest: Expressway RN 165
The TGV from Paris, Rennes and Nantes serve Brest and Landerneau stations.
Both stations are located in the city center and are easily accessible.