Brest

Brest

Land ahoy! Perched on the western tip of the pointing finger which is Brittany, you'll find Brest. The bobbing sails, sheer cliffs and pictuesque islands of the area will ensure you fall for this Breton promontary at the end of the Earth. France's second largest military port and the European capital of marine science and technology, Brest will plunge you into an ocean of discovery…

While you're anchored in the port of Brest, take your time to explore the seafront. The Château de Brest, the Arsenal of Brest and the commercial port welcome you in. Completed by Vauban in the seventeenth century, the Château de Brest was seen in the Middle Ages as the strongest castle in the world. Today, it remains the oldest active military structure in the world. The walls of the castle house the National Maritime Museum which offers a splendid view over the Bay of Brest. At the marina, the marine sciences leisure park Océanopolis - Marine Sciences Leisure Park will take you a hundred thousand leagues under the sea. With family or friends you can discover the many ecosystems and lifecycles under the sea, of oceans all over the world, from tropical to polar, and of course, the local indigenous sea life.

In the town centre, tread the oldest paved road in Brest, which miraculously escaped bombing in the Second World War. In the Recouvrance quarter, discover the Recouvrance bridge, only if you've a head for heights though: this is the tallest drawbridge in Europe. Imagine the painters and poets of days gone by who lived in this romantic area. At the commercial port in Brest you can visit the beautiful antique sailing boat, the Recouvrance de Brest. This schooner is a key symbol of the town, and remains close to the hearts of its residents.

Here in the land of the savage force of the sea, of grizzled mariners and eager young deck hands, Brest hosts an international boat festival every two years: the International Maritime Festival of Brest. Around 10,000 sailors on board 2,000 sailing boats come to celebrate here in Brest, with a great firework display, naval parades and concerts on the programme.
Brest also plays host to the annual Astropolis electro-rock festival in summer, which attracts an enthusiastic crowd from all over France.

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