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  • 1 Pointe de la Garde Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

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

    From the far end of this headland, there is a fine view of the beaches of St-Cast and Pen-Guen. A footpath for visitors runs around the point: it skirts along the corniche by the beach near the Ar Vro hotel, passes close to the oratory, then follows ..

  • 2 Cathedral of St Tugdual Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. du Martray F - 22220 Tréguier

    One of Brittany's finest cathedrals, dating principally from the 14 and 15C. Three towers stand on the transept. On the south side is an attractive «bell portico», surmounted by a flamboyant window. The Romanesque Hastings Tower dates from the 12C. T..

  • 3 Musée des Beaux-Arts de Quimper Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    40 pl. St-Corentin F - 29000 Quimper

    The Fine Arts Museum in Quimper displays a collection of paintings from the 14C to the present day, including the Northern European, Italian and French Schools. Several rooms are dedicated to regional works (paintings and sculptures), including one d..

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

    Nature and gardens

    Rampe du Stang-Alar F - 29200 Brest

    This prestigious botanical conservatory is dedicated to plants threatened with extinction, ensuring their preservation and attempting to reintroduce them into their natural habitat. Its 22ha of landscaped grounds are also home to popular ornamental p..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 Walled town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Vauban F - 29900 Concarneau

    The narrow streets of the Ville Close occupy an irregularly shaped small island, 350m long and 100m wide, linked to the mainland by two small bridges which divide a fortified structure encircled by sturdy ramparts built in the 14C and completed in th..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 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..

  • 10 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..

  • 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

    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..

  • 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 bDouarnenez and ..

  • 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

    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, ..

  • 20 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. ..

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