Air France Travel Guide

BREST

France
11°C Nov

Home port of maritime Brittany

Drop anchor in the exceptional seaside port city of Brest, the gateway to Brittany.

'This is where adventure mixes with the sea wind.' This phrase by Pierre Mac Orlan, author of Quai des brumes (Port of Shadows) and a great lover of Brest, is more than a century old. Yet little remains of the author's beloved port city, which was ravaged by World War II. Just a few vestiges in the historic district of Recouvrance are worth tracking down: a lofty castle proudly overlooking one of the most beautiful bays in France, and a few richly evocative old stones, in this chameleon-like city traversed by modern bridges and forever looking toward the future.

A city of great character nourished by the stories of sailors from around the world, Brest has an appealingly rough edge to it, and cultivates a lifestyle that is a bit rock 'n' roll. Its alternative galleries, diverse music scene, and trendy restaurants all share one common point: a rebellious passion, which springs from the crucible of this city at the end of the world. Intrinsically maritime, everything here leads to its large Atlantic port, where the comings and goings of ships have always symbolised the possibility of departure. But before moving further on to the rest of the Brittany, rest awhile in this 'Cité de Ponant', and get acquainted with its special atmosphere, which owes a lot to the wild and untameable nature of Finistère.

From Brest, a number of beautiful side trips are possible. To the north, the steep cliffs of Perros-Guirec and its coastline in majestic shades of pink beckon. Further south, the coast gradually smoothes out without losing any of its charm, giving way to the white sands and beautiful azure of the Gulf of Morbihan, the peninsula of Quiberon, and the charming and scenic islands of Glénan. A myriad of island pearls awaits: the archipelago of Sept-Îles (French for seven islands) or Jentilez (in Breton), Belle Île, Groix... The Breton port cities of Lorient and Vannes, and the seaside towns of Carnac and Concarneau, offer fresh sea breezes and a thousand flavours – buckwheat, cider, lobster, oysters – enhanced by some of the culinary world's most inventive chefs.

Loved for

Family
Cuisine
Nature And Sports
Off The Beaten Track
Diving And Surfing
Beaches

When to go

Nov mostly cloudy 11°C
27%
Dec mostly cloudy 9°C
32%
Jan mostly cloudy 8°C
32%
Feb mostly cloudy 8°C
32%
Mar white clouds 9°C
19%
Apr white clouds 11°C
13%
May white clouds 14°C
13%
Jun white clouds 16°C
13%
Jul white clouds 18°C
16%
Aug white clouds 18°C
16%
Sept white clouds 17°C
13%
Oct white clouds 14°C
19%