Cheap flights to Brest
Holidays to Brest take you to a part of France that is unlike any other. In fact, you could say it is more like Britain, and given the region we are talking about is called Brittany, that’s hardly surprising.
This is a place steeped in Celtic heritage, with its own language, its own bagpipe-style music and a charming array of village festivals and street fairs.
A place with more than 1000 kilometres of dramatic rocky coastline, it’s dotted with swathes of sandy beaches and age-old fishing villages. And what’s more, it’s pretty popular in the old tourism stakes, drawing in the crowds with its trendy holiday resorts, ancient cafe-lined cities and a countryside packed with castles, manor houses, chapels and rolling forests.
The Festival Européen du Film Court de Brest from 10-15 November is a short film festival highlighting young talent and showing the best of the festival's first 30 years. Screenings, talks, workshops and interviews are all on the cards. Full details from the tourist office.
The Festival Astropolis Hiver, on 13-24 Janaury, provides a welcome dose of mid-winter techno in the centre of town. All info on dates, artists and venues from the Tourist Office. brest-metropole-tourisme.fr
The Musée des Beaux-Arts in Brest is small but perfectly formed; ideal for a short visit and surrounded by good cafes for afterwards. Don't miss the collection of antique Breton bagpipes. Free entrance first Sunday of the month (24 Rue Traverse).
The Fete de la Musique on the evening of 21 June is a national event, but particularly fun in Brest, with all types of music being played on the streets till late into the night and outbreaks of impromptu dancing. brest-metropole-tourisme.fr/en
The 20 minute visit to biscuit factory Earth Embruns is free for kids, and only 1.50 euros for adults. It's warm, fun and interesting. It's also a good way to buy original, and very sweet, Christmas presents. For more information visit terredembruns.fr.
Entrance to the Jardin du Conservatoire Botanique National de Brest is free, and walking alongside the bubbling brook, admiring the waterfalls and rare plants in this beautifully kept "mini Kew Gardens" is an unalloyed pleasure (52 Allée du Bot).
The National Navy Museum (Musée National de la Marine) is fascinating, packed with detailed miniatures, life-size models and loads of information. Climb the towers for fab views (Château de Brest, musee-marine.fr/brest).
Arbreizh Aventure, in the Keroual woods just outside Brest, opens for the summer season on 12 April, allowing everyone to channel their inner tree-hugger during a high-adrenaline scramble through the tree tops. arbreizh.com