Brest

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Welcome to Brest - the city with over a thousand years of history. Located on the tip of the French region of Brittany, Brest has been one of the key cities in countless numbers of battles and is currently home to one of France’s three naval bases. Take a tour and discover a city that is known for its breathtaking landscapes and scenic coastal areas. Take a boat ride to the nearby seahorse-shaped islands of Ouessant and Molene for an unforgettable experience.

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Shops are open Monday-Saturday from 09.00 or 09.30 to 19.00 in high season and 09.00 or 09.30 to 18.00 at other times. Shops are generally closed on Sundays.

The City

A sea city that can trace its roots back to the 3rd century when Romans first built a stronghold here. Brest has a lively, nautical character and breathes a leisurely air. Located right by the water in the Bay of Brest, the city offers much for the visitor to see. Its most impressive landmark is the Castle of Brest, which was built for the Earls of Leon and later purchased by the Duke of Brittany in the 13th century. It stands proudly where numerous battles have been fought throughout France’s naval history. At one time, there were around 80 warships in its waters. Later, during the First World War, Brest was used as a landing base for American soldiers, but the Second World War left the city in ruins through constant bombing. The city has since been completely rebuilt, with a naval museum inside the castle telling the story of its turbulent past. Living up to the title of European capital of marine science and technology, museums such as the National Maritime Museum and Océanopolis in Brest will grant you insight into the sea and marine life with fascinating displays and interactive activities. With a full calendar of events offering the visitor entertainment year-round, any time is good to come and explore this city of history and nautical beauty.

Do & See

Brest's longstanding link with the sea is the theme running through most of its visitor attractions. Visit the Brest Fort containing the excellent Navy Museum to learn more about the city's maritime past and present, stop by the famous Océanopolis aquarium to marvel at mysterious underwater creatures, or simply take a boat ride along the coastline to breathe the fresh sea breeze and catch the spirit of this historic city.

For a snack, head for any one of the city’s many crêperies - these seem like the obvious choice when in the province of Brittany. Crêpes come in many delicious varieties - savoury (with cheese, bacon, eggs, mushrooms - and the list goes on) and sweet (with chocolate, cream, fruit, and berries). A good cup of coffee is never too far away in Brest. Do note the working hours - many establishments close for an afternoon break.

The City Map

Things to do in the city
Explore the different options in the area
Castle of Brest
Océanopolis
Naval Museum
The Tanguy Tower
The Montbarey Memorial
The National Botanical Reserve of Brest
Recouvrance, Lambézellec, Saint-marc and Saint-pierre Quilbignon
Museum of Fine Arts
Parc de la Penfeld
Cours Dajot
Abri Sadi Carnot
Square Mathon
Laser Game
Biscuiterie Terre d'Embruns
Phare du Petit Minou
Amour de Pomme de Terre
Aux Vieux Gréements
Le Nautilus
Brest