Brest, a city which offers you its wonders to spend an unforgettable stay. In search of old Brest, you head the Tanguy watchtower built by English people and Recouvrance Bridge. Nearby, the Castle shelters the National Navy Museum. From the towers, take advantage of this moment to admire of one of the most gorgeous bays where you can go on a cruise and enjoy a guided tour.
As the sun rises over the bay, embark to Ouessant and Molene Islands which are surrounded by beautiful reefs and discover a stiff landscape and lighthouses.
In the heart of the city, you will be pleasantly surprised to discover a charming park -Botanical Conservatory - which aims at protecting endangered plant species.
Then, have a walk in the marina and visit the great marine discovery park - Oceanopolis - throughout its three pavilions dedicated to tropical, polar and temperate seas.
Do not hesitate to take your equipment to play golf in one of the well-known golf courses close to Brest.
Enjoy the thrill of an unforgettable day discovering the world's oceans.
Located at the western head of Brittany, in an exceptional maritime and scientific environment, Océanopolis in Brest is the Ocean Discovery Park.
Three thematics pavilions: polar, tropical and temperate, to dream and learn, quietly. 50 aquariums, from 50 to 1 million litres of seawater, exhibits, films and shows...
Individual fares 2006
– Adults : 15,4 €
– 4-17 years + students: 10.80 €
– Free under four.
– Large families (2 adults + 3 children) : 58 € + 10% per additional child.
Guided visit for individual visitors every Sunday from 11:00 am to 13:00 pm, free under 17, + 3 € for adult.
Opening times in 2006
– 4 April-3 Sept.: open everyday 9:00 am-6:00 pm.
– The rest of the year: open 10:00 am- 5:00 pm. Closed Mondays EXCEPT during French school holidays, Sunday's and bank holidays: open everyday 10:00 am-6:00 pm. During this period you can visit 1 or 2 pavilions, or the whole park. Free access to the shops and restaurants.
– Closed on 1 January, and 25 December, and for 2 weeks in January 2007.
Ask for more information.http://www.oceanopolis.com/uk/visite_eng.htm.
Finistère, in the top western corner of France, boasts breathtaking scenery. From the small harbour at Pouldu in the south of the region, to the delightful seaside resort of Locquirec in the north, visitors can admire a half-wild, half-tamed coastline reminiscent of southern shores. The picturesque fishing ports of Roscoff, Le Conquet, Camaret, Douarnenez. Le Guilvinec or even Concarneau are just a few of the jewels nestling along this stretch of coast.
Inland, from the Monts d'Arrée to the Montagnes Noires, and from Ménez Hom to the mysterious Huelgoat forest, visitors will discover unspoilt scenery, picturesque villages and flower-filled gardens. Driving along these quiet, seldom-used roads is a real pleasure. Stop off at Roc'h Trévezel, the highest point in Brittany (1,260ft), in the middle of the Monts d'Arrée for an unforgettable view.
Fancy shopping or relaxing on a cafe terrace? Then visit the towns of Finistère, each with their own character and charm, from the port of Brest to Quimper, a "Ville d'Art et d'Histoire".
Finistère is also an ideal destination for outdoor activities – hiking, sailing, surfing and, of course, golf with its 6, easy-to-reach golf courses.
Further information about Finistère in Brittany
Brittany has a thousand and one faces and is made up of land and sea, and greens and blues. Life in this region is punctuated by the seasons and marked by the tides.
Blue Brittany refers to coastal Brittany where artists seek to capture the beautiful nuances of light. This Brittany features breathtaking capes, wide sandy beaches, creeks with pink, grey or mauve rocks and various sheltered and picturesque harbours. These aspects have given the Breton coasts their enchanting names: the Emerald coast, Wild coast, Pink Granite Coast and Coast of legends.
Green Brittany refers to inland, mystical Brittany where paths lead to the forest of legends, healing fountains, romantic castles, 39 Towns of Art and History and 20 Small Towns of Character. This is a different, more secretive side to Brittany, which opens itself up to lovers of nature and tradition.
Brittany is steeped in a legendary and mystical past. Heroes of Celtic legends may well go unnoticed in the region's busy towns, but their presence can be sensed in the shadowy light of the forests. Almost all these places are associated with a legend or magical memory. The Forest of Paimpont - the remains of the famous Broceliande forest which used to cover the whole of inland Brittany - was once home to Viviane, Merlin, Morgane and King Arthur. Various paths run alongside the Fairy Mirror lake and the Château de Trécesson in the Valley of No Return. Visitors willing to use their imagination and dip into this dreamlike world will feel right at home in Brittany. Such visitors will soon understand how to reach the mystical island of Avalon.
Golf enthusiasts will be won over by the incredible diversity and, above all, the beautiful landscapes which give you a sense of freedom: coastal straights, hills and mounds, wide panoramas and noble courses in castle grounds. The scenery is vast and varied on these courses and there are varying degrees of difficulty. Whether a beginner or an experienced player, everyone gets the chance to improve.
Further information about Brittany http://www.brittanytourism.com.
Breton cuisine consists of fresh seafood platters, evoking the ocean, or delicious simmering dishes, which are simple and delicious. Visitors flock to Brittany to relax on the beach, admire the parish enclosures, stroll along the customs paths or enjoy a delicious seafood platter, a butter pancake, a sausage galette, a bowl of cider, a far breton, a Breton lobster or fish soup, as Breton cuisine is marked by simplicity and quality products.
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