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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Finistère

Brest - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Finistère

France's second biggest military port, protected by its roadstead, Brest is located in northern Finistère.

All of its architecture originates from historical events, from its 11th-century medieval castle, remodelled by Vauban and now home to the Maritime Museum, to the Motte-Tanguy Tower and its museum about Brest in the old days.

The Second World War left its mark on the area: the city centre was heavily bombed and rebuilt in the Fifties.

In Brest, you can swim at the roadstead beaches, enjoy water sports, take a walk around the marina, or opt for a sea cruise to the islands of Molène or Ouessant.

Every 4 years, many sailboats from all over the world come together in Brest for a big traditional event: the International Maritime Festival. This colourful spectacle at the roadstead attracts thousands of visitors.

In the city, you can enjoy a walk or bike ride in the many green spaces.

Sights to see: the Iroise Bridge, a cable-stayed bridge built in 1994 over the Élorn, a real technical feat; the Museum of Fine Arts, etc.

Plant-lovers should head to the National Botanical Conservatory, one of the biggest in Europe, which works to preserve endangered species.

Ocean enthusiasts won't want to miss Océanopolis: this giant museum devoted to the sea, home to over 10,000 sea creatures belonging to nearly 1,000 species, invites you to learn about the world's various marine habitats at its three pavilions. It is one of Europe's biggest aquariums, and even has a seal clinic!

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"You can not pass by Brest, people come", that which sums up the ambition of its visitors, Brest is anything but a passing city.

City Brest, whose life revolves around the sea, does nonetheless a green city! In Finistère, "at the end of the Earth", visitors embark on a walk-iodine on the bay and benefit from Stang Alar the valley to rest!

Brest it is also a city of history, and its castle, which houses the National Museum of the Navy reminds the visitors. Guided tours offered by the Tourist Office allow to enter neighborhoods that have made the reputation of Brest, including the district of Recouvrance, to discover the origin of the names of two major roads in the city center, the street of Siam and rue Jean Jaures!

Brest offer to see, but that's not all, for a time of sharing, the Moulin Blanc marina itself as a true place of excitement where the glasses clink and which echo the voices among the singing seagulls.

Brest so much to discover, simply go there to notice it!

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Natural sites
Performance halls

Events and festivities

Festival Astropolis - Musiques Électroniques
8ème Édition des Fêtes Maritimes Internationales - Brest 2024

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Brest International Maritime Festival
An immense gathering of boats in Brest harbourJuly 2026


Garden of the National Botanical Conservatory of Brest
Garden of the National Botanical Conservatory of Brest
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Castle of Brest
Castle of Brest
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Brest and its castle - National Maritime Museum of Brest
Brest and its castle - National Maritime Museum of Brest
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