Explore Brittany's wild west with a short break in Roscoff
Sailing into Roscoff is the ideal opportunity for a short break in France. A relaxing ferry ride is rewarding with an even more relaxing weekend! This picturesque port is a delight to discover and there is plenty on the doorstep to keep you entertained.
Know your onions
Brittany Ferries and Irish Ferries sail into Roscoff and the old harbour town is a short walk from the ferry port. Roscoff is home to the Onion Johnnies – the men in stripy tops and berets that cycled along with strings of onions around their necks. Find out all about this oh-so-French phenomenon at the Maison des Johnnies.
A warm welcome
For a budget place to stay, Chez Janie is an ideally situated two-star hôtel de charme. Close to the sea and housed in a traditional granite stone building, it’s a true taste of Brittany. The on-site restaurant serves up locally sourced produce from an ever-changing menu.
If you visit in August, you can see the town go onion crazy during the annual Fête de l’Oignon. Feted for their distinctive flavour, these AOC onions are the star of the show; enjoy them in all their guises from onion tart to the ultimate onion soup or simply stock up with a string or two. For music fans, enjoy the Breton equivalent of Glastonbury, Les Vieilles Charrues. The 'old ploughs' festival has Europe's largest campsite and an excellent line-up.
Get a boat across to the Ile de Batz where life gently saunters along on this tiny island. Less than 4 km long, you can complete the coastal path in a matter of hours and then be sure to climb the lighthouse for far-reaching views. Freshen off with an impromptu dip off the white sands of Grève Blanche beach.
Fortified with fun
Take a guided tour of the Château du Taureau, a fortified rocky island in the Bay of Morlaix. Having served as a prison and a sailing school, Vauban’s handiwork was never actually used for its original defensive purposes. Today, this unusual spot can be explored with a fascinating guided tour.
A brand new Brittany
A short break in Roscoff is a brilliant introduction to this little known part of Brittany. Excellent food, special places to stay and plenty to do mean it’s just the tonic for an energising weekend away.