The Plougastel strawberry is pretty famous. Come and discover this lovely part of Brest bay, its magnificent cross, its chapels and Daoulas abbey. You’ll be surprised by the micro-climate of this peninsula and the fertility of the land, giving it the nickname of “the garden of Brest”.
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Discover from the Plougastel‑Daoulas peninsula to Logonna‑Daoulas
Among the monuments worthy of a visit on the Plougastel-Daoulas peninsula, the 17th-century cross is definitely the most well-known. It was erected after a plague epidemic that affected the region. How many characters can you count? In total, 181 figures are sculpted in the Kersanton stone (grey granite). They were very lucky! After they were hit by the 1944 bombings, an American soldier recovered them and sheltered them in the rectory. They were then completely restored a few years later. Phew!
Daoulas, a sanctuary of exotic inspirations
If you’re visiting Brest, do pop in to Daoulas Abbey just nearby. This historical monastery, run until the 16th century by Augustinian Canons, harbours striking mediaeval heritage such as its abbey-church and 12th-century Romanesque cloister. Take a stroll around the splendid garden of medicinal plants, which is a listed Jardin Remarquable. Over 300 species of medicinal plants from all over the world are tended there. The Abbey also hosts exhibitions on the theme of the world’s civilisations.
Entry to Brest bay
After walking through the little streets of Daoulas, take the coastal path of Logonna-Daoulas! It stretches underneath the pine trees, between coves and rocky headlands, overlooking transparent water. In the summer, rent a stand-up paddle or kayak at La Paillotte to discover the bay from a different perspective!
Did you know
Colourful Breton women
Often, the costume of Breton women is assumed to be dark-coloured. It’s partly true and partly false. Although the costume worn during the week was black, the costume worn on days of celebration mixed up bright colours, such as a purple skirt, a green apron and a blue and orange corset!
Thank you Mr Frézier
The region owes its success to strawberries. But did you know that they originated in South America? A man from Savoie, in France, named Amédée-François Frézier, discovered them in the 18th century and brought them back to France. Bretons have loved them, adopted them, grown and exported them since the end of the 19th century. Today, they are inextricably linked to the town. If you’re feeling peckish, delicious oysters and other seafood can be found on the peninsula. A dozen oyster farmers rear these delicacies showing respect for the shellfish and their family traditions. Tasting sessions and outings around the parks are also musts for visitors to the peninsula.