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 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
Go and see "Noël pour Tous", which will be at Brest Arena on 6-17 December. The Christmas-themed circus spectacular includes trick horse riders, acrobats, clowns, elephants and illusions. brest-metropole-tourisme.fr
The Astropolis Festival, on 3-6 July, presents techno to make pulses race, with a line-up that includes La Femme, Laurent Garnier, Son of Kick, Manu le Malin (aka The Driver), Jeff Mills, Elisa Do Brasil and Erol Alkan. astropolis.org
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 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).
Creativa, on 23-26 October at the Parc des Expositions, showcases creative hobbies from jewellery-making to scrapbooking, origami to painting on silk, and everything in between. The show also offers numerous drinks and food stands. brest-metropole-tourisme.fr
A free guided tour of the naval base (ID obligatory, no cameras allowed, only EU and NATO citizens) is a fascinating journey through French naval history and culture. The tour takes two hours and it might even include a warship. brest-metropole-tourisme.fr/en
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