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.
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 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 "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.
Theatre Festival Oups! runs from 27 January to 8 February and offers theatrical performances from all over the world, The aim, say the organisers, is to use culture to bring people together. For more information visit oups-brest.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.
Spadiumparc is the best swimming pool in Brest. It is beautifully designed, offers all kinds of swimming and aqua fit classes, and has a spa where you can get a sauna, a massage or a wellness treatment. For more information visit spadiumparc.fr.
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.