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  • 1 St Cast Point Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    chemin de St-Cast F - 22380 Saint-Cast-le-Guildo

    On the point stands a monument in memory of those who «Escaped from France, preferring to die on their feet rather than live on their knees». The view of the Emerald Coast is superb. Next to the signal station is a useful orientation table. On the ne..

  • 2 Pointe de la Garde Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Corniche de la Plage F - 22380 St-Cast-le-Guildo

    From the far end of the point, there is a fine view of the beaches of St Cast and Pen Guen and the coastline as far as La Garde point. A statue of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde by Armel Beaufils stands here. A pathway for visitors runs around the point, alo..

  • 3 Cathedral of St Tugdual Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. du Martray F - 22220 Tréguier

    An extremely fine cathedral, dating principally from the 14 and 15C. Three towers stand on the transept: the Gothic-style Sanctuary Tower, the 63m-high South transept Tower and the 12C, Romanesque-style Hastings Tower. The «bell portico», dating from..

  • 4 Cathédrale St-Corentin Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. St-Corentin F - 29000 Quimper

    This cathedral is unusual in the direction of its choir - the builders decided to make a little sanctuary off to the left the absidial chapel, and so that had to be joined up! The cathedral has a remarkable collection of 15C stained-glass windows and..

  • 5 Musée des Beaux-Arts de Quimper Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    40 pl. St-Corentin F - 29000 Quimper

    One room in the Fine Art Museum is devoted to Max Jacob (1876-1944) who was born and raised in Quimper. There are souvenirs, documents and portraits of the man (by his friends Picasso and Cocteau), reliving his colourful life. The different European ..

  • 6 Conservatoire Botanique du Vallon du Stang-Alar Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Rampe du Stang-Alar F - 29200 Brest

    Stang-Alar houses one of the most prestigious botanical gardens in the world. Apart from a beautiful public garden with diverse plants, from the ornamental to the endangered, there are greenhouses and laboratories that preserve the most rare species.

  • 7 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..

  • 8 Walled town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Vauban F - 29900 Concarneau

    Its lanes make up an irregular shaped islet - 350 m long and 100 m wide - linked to the mainland by two small bridges which divide a fortified structure. Thick ramparts, built in the 14C and completed in the 17C surround this structure. Loopholes pro..

  • 9 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..

  • 10 Basilica Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Le Bourg F - 29260 Le Folgoët

    The basilica is topped by a wonderful spire, and has an unusual square shape. The Cross Chapel, whose south wall extends the flat chevet, has a handsome porch. Outside, the Saläun Fountain, that pilgrims drink from, is set against the chevet wall. Th..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 Notre-Dame-de-Tronoën Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 29120 St-Jean-Trolimon

    The 15C Calvary and chapel stand on the edge of the Bay of Audierne in an unspoilt setting of dunes. The Calvary (1456-60) relates the childhood and passion of Christ on two friezes. The intensity and originality of the 100 figures are remarkable. Th..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 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,..

  • 16 Morlaix bay Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 29600 Morlaix

    The road running along the west bank of the River Morlaix affords a splendid view. It extends as the estuary widens and opens into the bay dotted with reefs and islets. At Carantec, from the rocky platform known as the " Chaise du Curé", yo..

  • 17 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 Douarnenez and A..

  • 18 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..

  • 19 Palais du Parlement de Bretagne Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    11 r. St-Yves F - 35064 Rennes

    This, the seat of the Brittany's Parliament. was almost completely destroyed in a huge fire on the 4th February 1994. After five years of restoration, this building built between 1618 and 1655 by Saloman Brosse based on Geramin Gaultier's design and ..

  • 20 Parc du Thabor Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    5 bd de la Duchesse-Anne F - 35000 Rennes

    Set in a 10 ha area this park (monks from the Saint-Mélaine Benedictine abbey baptised this place Thabor in honour of the Palestine mountain. The garden is a French style garden (most of which was designed by D. Bülher in the second half of the 19C)...

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