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.
Liberate your inner Jack Sparrow this autumn, helping to sail France's best-loved tall ship, "La Recouvrance". A full day's outing includes lunch on board, and passengers are warned that the captain could change course if weather or tides demand. Info from the tourist office.
All aboard Les Vedettes Azenor (opposite Océanopolis) for anything from a 1h 30 minute commentated trip around the inlet to a whole evening's cruise with dinner included. Prices start at 15 euros for adults and 6 euros for kids. For more information see www.azenor.fr.
The DansFabrik festival of modern and contemporary dance runs from 27th February to 5th March and this year highlights dance from Chile. There will be dance sessions and classes for everyone at all levels.
The "G'Day Australia!" festival includes film, talks, a marketplace, a reptile exhibition, rugby, boomerang throwing, Aboriginal art, cricket, pottery, music, balloon sculptures and a giant barbie. 23-28 May, www.brest.fr.
The Musée Mémorial at Fort Montbarey tells the story of Brest's role in WWII, the occupation of the fort by the Nazis and the fate of Brest's inhabitants. Sombre but fascinating, it explains much about Brest today.
The Atlantic Jazz Festival (30 September to 16 October), concentrates on young French talent this year. There will be concerts in all the surrounding towns until 8 October when the action shifts to Brest. All info on www.atlantiquejazzfestival.com
The International Maritime Fête Brest 2016 runs from 13-19 July and is a tall ship bonanza. The Hermione will be back from the US, moored alongside sailing ships from all the seas and oceans of the globe. There will also be an exhibition, concerts, parades, music, and fireworks. For more information visit www.brest2016.fr.
Go to the Square Mathon in the centre of Brest, not just for a picnic or a breath of fresh air but to admire the flowers, see a section of the original fortifications, and re-trace the history of Brest. Details from www.brest.fr.