Brest Travel Guide

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Brest Highlights

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     a lot of pubs..."one for each day of the year" some says. 

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     Lots of rain 

  • In a nutshell
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     A cool little town in a dramatic landscape. 

Brest Things to Do

  • Musée de la Marine -museum of the marine...

    Again, many nice photos so for display, I have a tip already with museum tips for the visit and more photos in a travelogue.This one is photos of statues and woodend artifacts in a wonderful museum you all should visit once in the city.these statues came from ships, or naval quarters or other muséums to be store and display in the naval muséums of...

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  • Musée de la Marine -museum of the marine

    great display of boats, marine artifacts,and maps illustrating the history of the navy in Brest over the centuries;great for the whole family and very educational. Must see and look at my travelogues here.admission is 6€ now and hours varied so check the site, we came in the am was closed came back in the pm and it was open.13h30 to 18h30You will...

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  • Chateau de Brest II

    this is a wonderful property full of history going back to 280AD and going thru all the movemental épisodes of French and European history as the British were here/I have a tip on it but with so nicer photos decided to get another tip going. For the detail info see the tip without the roman numeral.for more pictures than stop by here No II

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Brest Restaurants

  • fish/chips,burgers,and camembert roti

    Great british style ambiance pub, richly decorated and wood paneling old pub style. The ambiance is local and younger, with many from the naval base officers. Nice. Branches in other parts of Brittany too.The place is always packed and the service is attentive and fast, real pleasure wish it was closer,2hrs from me by car. well now been here...

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  • great burgers and view by the marina...

    branch in Vannes so we know them are good.great as always here, great burgers, desserts like banana splits, bottle of rose de provence Real,and coffees for 127€ for five.recommended all locals and great ambiance with families. great burgers, desserts like banana splits,

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  • Good brewpub

    City centre brewpub an ideal destination on our first night in town. Pretty busy on a wet Saturday evening, service quick and friendly.A good veal steak for me and a goats cheese flamküchen for Mrs B, one of the best she said, and washed down with some very good house brewed beers, amber is very tasty.A nice pub atmosphere and easily the best meal...

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Brest Nightlife

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  • Eating and Drinking

    This particular restaurant is very popular with the locals, as you have to sometimes book in advance. The sea food here is very rich and affordable?

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  • Nighttime Serenades

    Siam is one of the major street in Brest and it is very intresting to see shops and people window shoping. Some portion of this street is completely closed to traffic, except the Bus, so it is a pleasure just walking and absorbing the beauty of the town.

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  • There are some good bars and...

    There are some good bars and most local places have live musicians on the main squares or live theatre. It's so nice! For example at Piriac-sur-Mer is live theater at the square next to the church every summer evening. Go and see it!

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Brest Transportation

  • How to get here in and out at Brest

    direct TGV train service from Paris montparnasse, very nice train station with all modern amenities and bus or gare routiére next door for buses.Here is a brief description on the train station or gare in French for the local servicehttp://www.ter-sncf.com/Region/bretagne/gare/Brest.aspxThis is for the TGV servicehttp://www.tgv.com/enwhich will...

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  • ride a bus or tramway in Brest

    The local transport is very good, not that I try it but saw it working,and the frequency even in a holiday weekend was great.There are lines of tramways and buses zigzagging the city at all times, and the stops are very easy especially the tramways. The service starts like about 6h and last until midnight in some stations.the site for the tramway...

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  • To/from the airport

    There's a shuttle bus that meets incoming flights and runs into the city centre bus / rail station and leaves from there regularly for outgoing flights.All works very well.

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Brest Shopping

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  • men's clothing and women too

    The favorite brand I like, and at Brest it has a big store for men's clothing. You find everything you need to go from soxes to business suits,and very nice distinctive and innovating Outlook in casual clothing.open 9h30 to 19h Mondays to Saturdays.you will make it your one stop shopping in city center/downtown. Here is for mens but they have for...

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  • books etc anyone

    This is a Library book store for discussion for chats,exchanges, and very literally introduction in Brest. right on the main shopping street, rue du Siam.you have many departments such as Bretagne - Cuisine - Art de vivre, children, Bandes dessinées (cartoons), Mangas - Multimédia,Histoire, sciences, travel, school, languages, university levels,...

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  • Paris in Brest

    This is part of the great chain of galeries Lafayette and its an upscale discount store, but its a one stop shopping for food and clothing, pharmacy items and household small appliances all in city center rue du siamThe stores back in 1997 became part of the groupe PPR when the 132 stores Prisunic were added. Groupe Casino has 21,4% and the rest is...

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Brest Local Customs

  • Marche de Noel at Brest II

    well this is something that is becoming more and more popular all over, coming from the East of France and now here many towns have one.Second part with more pictures.Same text.We chose to start our Christmas market shopping the one at Brest.the march¨¦ de No¨ºl ,where we did some shopping in sausages, pan d¡¯¨¦pices and one with chocolate;...

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  • Marche de Noel at Brest I

    well this is something that is becoming more and more popular all over, coming from the East of France and now here many towns have one.We chose to start our Christmas market shopping the one at Brest.the march¨¦ de No¨ºl ,where we did some shopping in sausages, pan d¡¯¨¦pices and one with chocolate; different cakes with Christmas motifs, vin chaud...

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  • The French dine rather late in...

    The French dine rather late in summer, so be prepared to dine from at least 19.00 (7 pm) hours or 20.00 (8 pm)hours until 22.00 (10 pm)hours or maybe later. For shops: most are closed between 11 am and 2 pm and on sundays.

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Brest Warnings and Dangers

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    by sandravdp Written Sep 7, 2002

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    At some beaches, like Turballe the stream is very strong. This can be dangerous for young kids. It's best to keep them away from the water or to go in with them while they wear safety vests and don't go in to deep.

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Brest Tourist Traps

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    No real traps are here. For cheap souvenirs it's best to avoid the souvenirshops and to go to the local markets.

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Brest What to Pack

  • Have a private means of transport.

    Going by private car is condered ideal. This is because there more things to see on the way to Brest than just the town itself. The whole of Bretagne is so lovely. Considering the time I went there, it is nice to dress very warm. and I mean very warm. I went in mid December. Toiletries are necesary, but can be bought on the way. A digital camera...

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  • Be waterproof and don't forget the...

    The usual stuff, depending on what you do. Even in summer, it is good to have a raincoat and a warm jumper with you. You might never use them but if you do, you'll be glad you packed them. You can find everything locally so no worries there. Don't forget a polarising filter. The sky can turn an amazing blue and the sunsets are unforgettable. A...

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  • Packing List

    Bring a handy sportsbag or something like that. Dress lightly, bring a sweater/light coat and some trousers for when the evening gets cold. Bring along suncream and anti-mosquito spray. You will need it. Good film for your camera is available here. Filmdevelopment is possible too, but my experience is that it's always better at home. Take a...

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Brest Off The Beaten Path

  • Place wilson

    here you have a music kiosk and an archway porte belonging to a seminary from the 17C, wonderful things to discover walking in BrestArchway or door of the former Seminary of Brest (17th century) becomes a school of mechanics then barracks Gomaa, move up in the axis of the rebuilt downtown, in lieu of the entrance to the Hotel Saint-Pierre, seat of...

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  • Naval base of Brest

    This is a military installation that can be visited on certain dates and on groups. It is worth the visit, and one sure to be back for it. you get to see a frigate of the French navy and see the chateau where the military is at and one of the oldest on duty castles fortresses in the world.The city has a large history and continuos tradition of...

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  • pont de Recouvrance

    A wonderful bridge seen from many places along the harbor and the city center along rue de Siam. the Pont de Recouvrance was built in 1954 to replace the Pont National, destroyed during the siege bombardments of Brest in aug/sept 1944It is by the mobil traverse weighing 525 tons that the manouvre is done in two minutes and half by the electrical...

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Brest Sports & Outdoors

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    by gwened Written Dec 1, 2013

    This is a huge wonderful indoor facilities that makes you think you are still at the beach even if we are now in winter ::)

    you have opening hours in school period and off. School they close by 19h30 in most days while off school they open until 20h in most days. Admission is per adult 5,30€ child 4,30€ and for the water activities and sauna, spas etc there is a package détente for 13€ then you have different admission like for 10 entries you pay 45€ adults etc. We just come for the day so single tickets.

    You have a 827 m2 pool, sporting pool and leisure pool, games lagoon,skating ring, rapids current riviera, hydro massaging, giant pentaslides, hamman, jacuzzis, sauna, and solarium. new things are aquabiking and infra red cabins.

    it is at the entrance to Brest on the N165 at the traffic circle direction gare SNCF trains you go around and come out in the exit stadiumparc clearly marked.

    Good for the whole family and very good in colder days

    Equipment: you bring your swimsuits ,towels snack food and the rest is there.

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Brest Favorites

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  • Walk Brest

    well once out of the harbor area, come on over to the city, a wonderful city to walk nice Streets, wider and nice things to see and eat,and shop, and just see history amongst your walksIts my favorite way to see the cities of my France, and you will learn a lot more doing it while visiting.Place de la liberté is where all is here, and shops,...

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  • walk the harbor port

    very nice area and very lively at night. I just love the sea and boats grew up around them and now Lucky enough not to live far from them here.Brest is a major port, harbor even for military as well as pleasure and cruises. you have the big container ships arriving here such as the official sitehttp://www.port.cci-brest.fr/fr/services/lignes.htmand...

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  • MUSEE DES PHARES ET BALISES

    The was actually the objective area. We had to walk for more than one hour on the Island to get here. We had a tour of the musee, but the lady on duty was very scared of cameras, so unfortunately , you have to visit here to experience the amazing sea culture and history.The exhibition covers extensively the period, which, with Augustin Fresnel...

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THE BOAT CRUISE
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National 12 Highway.
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Beautiful sea side
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