Maritime activities to explore and do fascinating history

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Holiday Parks near Brest

Situated near France’s most western tip in its very own ‘Land’s End’ (Finistère), Brest is an ancient naval port nestled in a natural harbour of outstanding beauty. This maritime town has boldly risen from allied bombings in WWII and today is a thriving university town. It’s a wonderfully fascinating city to get to know and, happily, Brest makes an easily accessible day-trip from Siblu holiday park, Domaine de Kerlann.

Beaches & The Great Outdoors

Brest’s wild and rugged coastline of shipwrecks is a delight to discover. And in and near the city there’s an abundance of beaches from which to choose. Here’s a couple worth seeking out. Plage du Moulin Blanc, with its impressive view over rade de Brest, will be loved by windsurfers and canoe enthusiasts. A little further out, lighthouse guarded Le Minou beach is a popular surfing spot. In town, there are also plenty of parks in which to relax. Meander the Conservatoire Botanique National de Brest with its lake, scented gardens, wooded paths and glasshouses bursting with rare plant species. The enchanting Bois de Keroual offers playgrounds and large grassy areas to run in as well as a château and an old mill to explore.

Things To Do & Special Events

Pont de l’Iroise, which crosses the river Elorn – admire it from pedestrian-friendly Albert Louppe bridge. 14th century Tour Tanguy – it now hosts a museum on the history of Brest. Château de Brest – quite literally the town’s pièce de Résistance, which remarkably survived in tact after WWII. It’s also home to a fascinating maritime museum. When it’s time to kick up a festival, Brest knows best too. It might take place once every four years, but seafaring extravaganza Les Tonnerres de Brest is an event worth waiting for. Fortunately, the next Tonnerres runs in July 2016… when thousands of boats will congregate in Brest harbour amid musical celebrations and plenty of fireworks. Then there’s Astropolis, France's biggest and most established ‘electro’ event. While Les Jeudis du Port bring live music to the port on Thursdays throughout August.

Local Discoveries & Hidden Gems

Océanopolis is the must-visit attraction in Brest. A high-tech sea-life centre containing Europe’s largest marine aquarium, you can plunge into the depths of the shark tank in a panoramic elevator, visit the penguin colony, and watch deep-sea creatures inside the ‘abyssbox’. Top tip: get there early and avoid the crowds. Or stroll along the docks at the Quai Commandant-Malbert and marvel at legendary schooner La Recouvrance. If you are in need of a sugar-hit, don’t miss Histoire de Chocolat: lip-smacking delights include chocolate-covered salted caramel, seaweed-flavoured chocolate and black bee honey. Brest also buzzes with traditional open-air markets, and cafes and restaurants serving seafood, crêpes and cider galore. Plenty of treats, then, to keep hunger at bay!

Places To Go

Crozon is a mesmerising peninsula with rocky headlands and forts (from the bronze age to WWII) intermingled with glorious sandy beaches, and the quaint fishing ports of Le Fret, Camaret and Morgat all worth a visit.

Brest Holiday Essentials: Océanopolis, Château de Brest, Pont de l’Iroise

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