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Located right out on the tip of the Brittany peninsula, Brest enjoys the crisp air from the Atlantic as well as the clear, shimmering waters that lap its shoreline. A fascinating mix of old-world France and thriving commercial centre, Brest is covered with cobbled streets and ancient ruins, as well as hi-tech buildings and malls. Brest’s location as a natural harbour made it a prime target during World War Two. However, many of the city’s original features remain undamaged. You can learn more about the distinctive and proud seafaring history of Brest in the Musee de la Marine de Brest located in the city’s wonderful castle. The Chateau Brest is an impressive 15th Century castle that stands near the heart of the city. The town also boasts the largest open-air aquarium in Europe. Oceanopolis is a fantastic attraction for all the family, featuring habitats filled with hundreds of different marine animals and fish, from seals to seahorses.
The area surrounding Brest is filled with both natural and historic attractions. Renting a car is the best way to make the most out of your stay. St. Brieuc is a fascinating little seaside village with a traditional Anglo-Saxon atmosphere. St. Malo is a beautiful old walled city dating back to the 12th Century. You can wander around the ramparts and enjoy the stunning views before heading down to the lively ancient harbour for a steaming bowl of fresh mussels.