Holiday in Brittany on the North Finistère Coast

North Finistère, the most western part of France, lies between Morlaix and Brest and is named by its people as "Penn-ar-Bed", the beginning of the land.
Conquest coastline in North Finistère, Brittany, France
Conquest coastline © jmt-29
It is a country of hazardous low rocky coast, where numerous lighthouses can be seen, with estuaries giving access to lovely rivers. Here, Celtic traditions still prevail and the Breton culture is strong. The Breton language is still widely used and it is not uncommon to spot ladies wearing their coiffes as part of their daily outfit. It is also in North Finistère that you will find the best parish closes to visit.
Central Finistère stretches from the Presqu'île of Plougastel facing the Rade of Brest, all the way down to the in the South. This area is very diverse from its Regional Nature Park d'Armorique of ancient mounts to its splendid panoramic peninsula of Crozon without forgetting its trail of Breton parish closes. This part of Finistère will delight hiking enthusiats.

North Finistère's top holiday destinations

Recommended Itinerary

Visit the pretty old town of Morlaix situated at the Dossen estuary. Once a busy trading port especially with England, it has retained some charming medieval architecture and features a huge viaduct as landmark.
As you continue on the West coast, you met with Roscoff, a busy and versatile fishing harbour where pirates enthusiasts will enjoy the former corsairs' houses. You can also set to the Ile of Batz from here. A next stop is the Lighthouse of l'Ile Vierge, which is the tallest in France with its 82.5m height, and provides the best panoramic view over the Finistère coast.
As you follow the South West coast all the way down to the pretty unspoilt port, Le Conquet, you will pass several "pointes" and lighthouses which reflects how harzardous these waters are. This area is ideal for walking with many coastal footpaths offering stunning views over the Atlantic ocean and the Ouessant Island archipelago. As you enter the Elorn estuary, you arrive in Brest, a strategic maritime harbour city that will please naval enthusiasts.
If you want to attend a religious Pardon procession, we recommend you go to the small village of Le Folgoët, which holds the Grand Pardon of Saint Christopher end of July, one of the largest events in Brittany.
We recommend you drive towards the Presqu'île of Crozon where the area between Crozon and Pointe des Espagnols is full of dramatic and spectacular coastal cliffs views with dotted beautiful beaches.
Stop at the Pointe de Dinan to walk over a stunning rocky arch towards the Château de Dinan and visit the nearby megaliths site of Alignements de Lagatjar with 143 standing stones. Another attraction are the stunning views over Brest roadstead from the Pointe des Espagnols.
The two main towns of the area are the lobster fishing touristic port of Camaret-sur-Mer and Crozon.


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How to Keep Active and Relax

  • Fantastic Walking and Hiking in the Regional Armorique Park and along the Crozon's Peninsula
  • Indulge and relax at the Spa Centre of Roscoff

How to keep the kids happy

You need a change from the beach and you have done plenty of sightseeing. To keep your children happy, why not try a few our recommended places:

  • Aquarium - Oceanopolis of Brest
  • Water Leisure Park - Several venues, Spadiumparc brest, Aqualorn in Landerneau
  • Forest Adventure Park - Les Parcs d'Aventure Forêt Adrénaline
View full details of all our recommended activities for children

How to get there

  • By plane - Fly direct to the nearest international airport of Brest.
  • By ferry with direct arrivals to St Malo and Roscoff. Alternative ferry terminals to consider include Cherbourg.
  • By train - The nearest highspeed train station (TGV) is Rennes where you change to the local train network to reach your final destination.
  • By car - drive your own or hire a car - Check our driving guide before you set off.

Don't miss ...

  • Les Vieilles Charrues, a major contemporary music festival in Carhaix in July
  • Fête de l'Oignon Rosé, Festival of the Pink Oignon festival in Roscoff every August
  • Pardon of Troménie, religious procession in Locronan every 2nd Sunday of July
  • Pardon de Notre-Dame du Folgoet, religious procession in Le Folgoet every 1st week-end of September

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