Brest terres océanes

  • Canoe kayak à Crozon
  • Randonnée à Crozon
  • Phare de l'île d'Ouessant

Set out from Europe’s biggest harbour on a journey to discover the islands, the beaches, the cliffs and the nautical activities that add an extra sparkle to this magnificent coastal destination.

Unmissable sites


Le phare de la pointe Saint-Mathieu

Full beam ahead

Symbols of its maritime identity, Brittany’s lighthouses are heritage sites with a difference. They offer uninterrupted views as far as the horizon - and you’re in luck because they’re open to visitors! The lighthouses of Trézien, the Île Vierge and Saint-Mathieu all have something unique to offer. Climb the 365 steps to the top of the tallest lighthouse in Europe (Île Vierge); visit at night to witness a magical spectacle ( Saint-Mathieu). There’s even a lighthouse museum at Ushant (Ouessant in French). Take a trip aboard a Finist’mer cruiser to reach the island, with plenty of fauna, flora and light along the way.   

Brest - Terres océanes — Carte
Dauphins dans l'archipel de Molène

Once upon an island...

Are you dreaming of an exotic destination, far from the crowds and surrounded by nature? Welcome to the islands. There’s the big one, Ushant, and the little one, Molène. Both offer breathtaking landscapes, a feeling of really being out in the wilds, and exceptional biodiversity. The two islands make up a large green space out on the open seas, the Iroise Natural Marine Park. This listed nature reserve can be discovered on a guided excursion or aboard a sailboat. Not ready to leave yet? Book a self-catering stopover at the Ferme Insulaire de Quéménès. Shhh… it’s our little secret.

Les tas de pois — Presqu'île de Crozon

Go to the ends of the earth

 You can’t go any further, the next stop’s America! You’ve arrived at the world’s end. Seen from above, the Crozon peninsula is the shape of a triskelion with the three headlands of Cap de la Chèvre, Pointe de Pen Hir and Pointe des Espagnols making up the three submerged branches. Seen from down below, the panorama is spectacular. From the walking trails you have views of the Bay of Brest, rock formations, sea caves, stunning fortifications and, here and there, astonishing Mediterranean vegetation. Keep going until you reach the Pointe du Corsen headland, in Plouarzel. This is where France ends - or begins!

Aber Ildut

Is it a fjord? No, it’s an Aber!

The ‘Abers’ are extraordinary river valleys flooded by the sea. There are three on the Brittany coast: Aber Wrac’h, Aber Benoît and Aber Ildut, long arms of the sea reaching inland. Explore them on foot to discover the dunes, white sandy beaches and pretty marinas. You’ll come across the Maison de l’Algue (seaweed discovery centre), the Ecomusée des Goémoniers (Seaweed harvesting museum) and the Maison des Abers discovery centre on your travels. Dare you risk you soul by crossing the Pont du Diable (Devil’s bridge)?

Fraise de Plougastel

The tastes of nature

There’s plenty to eat and drink from land and sea. Delicious, traditional and organic specialities with that unmistakable aroma of the sea. Fancy an oyster? Why not try ormeaux, a shellfish delicacy known as the ‘truffle of the sea’. How about some fruit? Try the incomparable Plougastel strawberries, grown around the Bay of Brest. Crêpes, cider, sausages and kig ha farz (stew with buckwheat dumplings) are also on the menu. And seaweed too. Maybe you’d enjoy a seaweed cookery course?

Musée de l'Abbaye de Landévennec

Crossing paths with history

Made up of an ossuary, a sculpted cavalry and a triumphal arch positioned around a church, the parish closesare unique masterpieces of Breton religious art. Among the very best are those at Saint-Thégonnec, Sizun and La Martyre, which can all be found on the Elorn Valley circuit. The atmospheric ruins of the Landévennec and Daoulas abbeys are a good reason to set out on another fascinating hike. In September, don’t miss the great processions at the basilica at Folgoët.

Port de Brest

These towns are anything but sleepy

Brest has undergone a transformation. From the historic districts of Saint-Martin and Recouvrance via Rue de Siam to the old commercial docks, the new, hip neighbourhood, Brest is enjoying a renaissance. Contemporary art, fine arts, shows, street performances and much more... The Musée National de la Marine is going places. Exciting things are happening too in Landerneau with its new urban park, and at the Fonds Hélène et Edouard Leclerc pour la culture and La Passerelle exhibition centres. Not to mention the programmes at the Quartz and Le Family arts centres. You’ll need to plan carefully not to miss anything!

Festival du Bout du Monde

A festival for every taste

Here you have the other speciality of Brittany, a region well-known for its love of a party, music and fun. You might cross paths with Miossec or Nolwenn Leroy. Take your pick from a wide variety of festivals. Looking for world music? Try Bout du Monde (Land’s End Festival) in Crozon. Electro more your thing? That would be Astropolis in Brest. Rock? The Fête du Bruit in Landerneau. There’s plenty on offer for lovers of film, books and comics too, with the European short film festival, the ‘Festival du livre insulaire’ book fair on the island of Ushant and the ‘Festival de BD’ cartoon festival in Brest.

La Chapelle Rocamadour et sa tour dorée (Vauban)

A sea view

All along the coastline of Brest, the sea has shaped the region’s history, landscape and heritage. In Camaret, the Vauban tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has stood guard over the entrance to the port for 300 years. In Kerlouan, the traditional cottages in the hamlet of Meneham recall a time when fisherman and seaweed harvesters lived here. Make a detour to the atmospheric ships’ graveyard in Landévennec. Got your sea legs on? A trip aboard a traditional sailing ship will let you relive the golden age of sailboats in the wake of the earliest seafarers.


Fun for all the family

Whatever your age, you’ll have no time to get bored here. Fancy sunbathing, a dip in the sea, or building sandcastles? The supervised beaches let you do all that and more,  with all kinds of watersports activities such as catamaran sailing and paddle boarding. The seaside family fun doesn’t stop there; continue the adventure at Océanopolis, the biggest aquarium in western France. Ready for more excitement? Head to the Récré des 3 curés amusement park for one of the most action-packed days out in Brittany. Not forgetting the educational farms and the events for young people at the Château… You’ll hardly have time to pause for breath!

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