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  • 1 Brest Harbour Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    cours Dajot F - 29200 Brest

    From the orientation map at the east of the courtyard, you will find a superb view over Brest Harbour, from the mouth of the Elorn to the tip of the Portzic and the Menez-Hom. This vast 150km 2 harbour leads to the ocean via a long bottleneck with st..

  • 2 Port-Musée de Port-Rhû Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. de l'Enfer F - 29100 Douarnenez

    This unique museum, dedicated to maritime activities, displays dozens of old fishing and pleasure boats which are gradually disappearing from French waters, but which provide a fascinating insight into traditional maritime culture. The museum is divi..

  • 3 Calvary of the Guimiliau Parish Enclosure Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    r. du Calvaire F - 29400 Guimiliau

    It dates back to 1581-1588 and includes over 200 figures. Under a big cross which bears the Virgin, Saint John, Saint Peter and Saint Yves, one can see 17 scenes from the Passion and a motif which represents the story of Catell-Gollet, above the Last..

  • 4 The rocks Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 29690 Huelgoat

    During excursions, one may discover the Chaos du Moulin (an accumulation of blocks of granite towering over the Argent River), the Devil's Cave, the Trembling Rock (an enormous rock weighing 100 t) and the Violette path alongside the right bank of th..

  • 5 Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    8 r. Court F - 29400 Lampaul-Guimiliau

    Its architecture mixes the Gothic (bell tower) and Classical styles (sacristy added in 1679). Inside, you'll see the 16C Glory beam, the baptismal vat with its canopy from 1651, a curious 17C font showing two devils struggling in holy water and St. L..

  • 6 The square Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de l'Église F - 29180 Locronan

    It is set in the centre of a historical town, listed in 1936, and has Renaissance granite houses, an old well, as well as a vast church and its pretty chapel. The houses were once inhabited by king's officers or wealthy merchants.

  • 7 St. Ronan Church and Pénity Chapel Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de l'Église F - 29180 Locronan

    These buildings are joined together and communicate with one another. The 15C church houses rich furniture: a pulpit from 1707 retraces the life of St. Ronan. A 15C apse stained-glass window shows Passion scenes. The chapel houses St. Ronan's tombsto..

  • 8 Calvary Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. Charles-de-Gaulle F - 29190 Pleyben

    Erected in 1555 near the side portico of the church, this magnificent Calvary with a multitude of statues was moved in 1738 and took on its present appearance in 1743. The Last Supper and Washing of the Feet date from 1650. The enormous pedestal with..

  • 9 Calvary Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    r. du Calvaire F - 29410 Saint-Thégonnec

    This Calvary dating from 1610 is an admirable piece of work. On the base are groups of figures illustrating scenes from the Passion. In a niche is a statue of St Thegonnec, accompanied as always by a wolf. The platform is surmounted by a cross with t..

  • 10 Pointe des Espagnols Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 29570 Roscanvel

    This point, opposite Brest, owes its name to the Spanish garrison which occupied the area for a brief period in 1594 in order to help the League against Henri IV. The latter's troops defeated the League six months after it landed. Today, the site com..

  • 11 Roc Trévezel Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 29690 Botmeur

    Roc Trévezel rises up to a height of 384m in the Monts d'Arrée. A jutting, rocky escarpment, it reveals a vast panorama of this range of "Breton mountains" covered in moors. Stretching out to the north is the Léon Plateau; in clear weather,..

  • 12 Morlaix bay Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 29600 Morlaix

    Stretching from the Pointe du Bloscon to the Pointe de Diben, Morlaix bay is an enchanting site best discovered at dusk in summer, when the light is magnificent. Sites of interest here include the huge Cairn de Barnenez on the Kernéléhen peninsula, C..

  • 13 Cornouaille Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 29000 Quimper

    Cornouaille, the kingdom and then the duchy of medieval Brittany, extended far to the north and west of Quimper. The area mentioned here is limited to the coast as far as the Pointe du Raz. In addition to its countless ports, such as bDouarnenez and ..

  • 14 Monts d'Arrée Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 29201 Morlaix

    A natural frontier between the Cornouaille and the Léon, the Monts d'Arrée are the highest mountains in Brittany, yet their topmost point is less than 400m. Solitary, barren, covered in heath and often wet, the wild crests and valleys are now protect..

  • 15 Pointe du Van Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 29770 Cléden-Cap-Sizun

    The Pointe du Van lies at the southernmost tip of the Bay of Douarnenez, beyond the famous Pointe du Raz. Its magnificent landscape equals that of its neighbour, as do the winds to which it is subjected. A half-hidden path takes you round the headlan..

  • 16 Palais du Parlement de Bretagne Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    11 r. St-Yves F - 35064 Rennes

    The establishment of Brittany's parliament - one of thirteen provincial governments - in Rennes in 1561, elevated the city to the rank of regional capital and attracted the aristocracy to it. A supreme court in control of 2 300 Breton jurisdictions, ..

  • 17 Parc du Thabor Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    5 bd de la Duchesse-Anne F - 35000 Rennes

    Covering an area of 10ha, this park (monks from the Saint-Mélaine Benedictine abbey named this place Thabor in honour of the mountain in Palestine) includes a French-style garden, a botanical garden, a rose garden, a landscaped garden and an aviary. ..

  • 18 Fougères Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Pierre-Symon F - 35300 Fougères

    Its site below the upper town is unusual. From the outer tower you can see the magnificent Guibé, Gobelin and Mélusine towers of the fortifications. Access to the inside is through the square Haye-Saint-Hilaire tower, revealing three successful sets ..

  • 19 Old Rennes Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de l'Hôtel-de-Ville F - 35000 Rennes

    This is the part of the Old town, which was lucky enough to avoid the great fire of 1720. The old town still has some houses from the 15 and 16C with corbelled floors. You will see such houses on the Ruesaint-Sauveur, the Ruesaint-Guillaume (house ca..

  • 20 Pointe de la Vicomté Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    av. Bruzzo F - 35800 Dinard

    This fine estate, divided into lots, is gradually becoming one of Dinard's most attractive districts. The watchpath leading from avenue Bruzzo offers splendid glimpses of the harbour, River Rance estuary and the tidal power station.

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