Roscoff Travel Guide

  • Hotel aux Tamaris
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  • Hotel aux Tamaris
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  • A Brittany Ferries ship passing Batz.
    A Brittany Ferries ship passing Batz.
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Roscoff Things to Do

  • The church, Roscoff.

    The church at Roscoff, "Notre Dame de Croas-Batz" primarily of Gothic design, was begun around 1520 and only finished in 1701. A change in design was made in 1576 with the building of the magnificent Rennaissance belfry. Two ossuaries, including one with a double row of balusters are to be found in the close. Also around the walls can be seen...

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  • rue Amiral Reveillere, Roscoff.

    Just at the entrance to the leisure port and parking are two houses known as "The Mary Stuart houses". Mary Stuart landed here in 1548 and the legend goes that the future Queen of France and Scotland stayed in these houses. But the reality is, they were both built at leat 10/20 years after her landing. In fact at that time there only existed the...

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  • If Local Art Is Your Thing

    As would be expected from such a scenic location Roscoff has several commercial art galleries with works by local artists for sale. Unfortunately on an out of season Monday none of them were open but the window displays certainly are tempting.The local style seems to be mainly impressionist but none the worse for that.Website below will give you a...

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  • La Maison des Johnnies et de L'Ognions...

    Having been in the catering trade here in the UK for more years than I care to think about I am very familiar with Brittany produce. The region has richly fertile arable land, relatively short, mild, winters and long, but not overhot, summers. Because it is a peninsula there's always moisture in the air and whilst rainfall isn't particularly...

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  • Where To Get A Beer While Waiting For...

    Once you get back to the ferry port and have checked-in; if your ferry isn't ready for boarding the L'accostage cafe-bar at the port is quite a pleasant, friendly, place to have a quick beer or two. This has the advantage of opening onto the departures area and so you can enjoy your beer and watch for the boarding commencing.This is open to the...

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  • For Your Pre-Lunch Beer

    Chez Janie is the bar and restaurant of the Hotel du Centre here in the centre of town (strange but true!).This is a friendly little bar and the terrace overlooks the harbour which makes it an ideal spot to relax with your pre-lunch aperatif. There's a good selection of local draught beers and cider (I think it was 4 + 1) and whilst its not the...

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  • Where To Get Your Morning Coffee

    Bar ty Pierre (or Cafe depending on which bit of signage you read!) is as pleasant a spot as any to linger with your morning coffee. Service is pleasant, swift and friendly, and at 1.30 Euro the coffee is perfectly reasonably priced.The terrace is ideal for watching the world go by and out of season is very much a locals haunt.The cafe-type menu...

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  • Walking and Hiking In The Area

    Personally I tend to just meander and see where I end up, depending on the time I've got available. However if you want to take a circular walk there are freebie leaflets available from the Tourist Office with maps, descriptions and timings.These routes are signposted at their junctions and so it should be impossible to get lost.

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  • Notre-Dame de Croaz Batz

    Roscoff's main church is the 16th/17th century Eglise de Notre-Dame de Croaz Batz (Our Lady of Cross Batz) situated in the town centre. Its distinctive twin bell towers can be seen from miles around and up closer you'll notice the secular stonework carvings commemorating the fact that it was built by local merchants and shipowners.This is very much...

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  • Table d'Orientation

    If you want the best view overlooking Roscoff there is a hill between the old port and the ferry port. It is not immediately obvious from ground level and (I don't think) signposted. I merely stumbled accross it (after a 2&1/2 hour lunch stumbling is probably the most appropriate description!), having decided to walk out of town along the seafront...

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  • The Story of Johhny Onions

    If asked -Which vegetable do you use more of than any other? the first to come to mind would be Onions. So versatile, so good for you, so flavoursome -- just so useful in so many dishes.Since I was a child the sight of Breton onion sellers, with strings of onions hanging from their bicycles was a familiar sight in winter months. I never even...

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  • Watch the sunset

    We went for awalk after our meal on the night before our early morning departure back to Plymouth. It was a calm and warm evening and all around the harbour people were watching and photogrphing the sunset.

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Roscoff Hotels

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  • La Residence

    14 rue des Johnies, Roscoff, 29680, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Le Temps de Vivre

    19 Place Lacaze Duthiers, Roscoff, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Le Brittany

    Boulevard Ste Barbe Direction - Car-Ferries, Rosco

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Roscoff Restaurants

  • A Perfect "Menu Formule"

    Unfortunately the ferry schedule on this trip didn't leave quite enough time for a lingering leisurely lunch but then if it had I mightn't have discovered the delights of this classy brasserie.Les Alizes really is an attractive restaurant with its 1st floor dining room overlooking the harbour through its ceiling-high panoramic windows. The designer...

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  • Eating On The Ferries

    All three of the boats that ply the Roscoff-Plymouth route have self-service diners offering a full-range of meals and snacks. In the mornings these are open for breakfast - everything from coffee and croissants to a full fry-up. On day sailings they offer hot and cold meals until about half an hour before arrival and on night sailings are usually...

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  • Seafood, Wine, Cheese, Coffee and...

    On the terrace overlooking the harbour, the sun shining, a bi-lingual waiter and superb food. There is nothing comparable. It doesn't matter where you are, if you get this combination - life is sorted. Watching the world go by, the working boats going about their daily busines, including one being filled with wooden pallets (boring perhaps, but not...

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  • Not a Breton Creperie!

    This small bistro style French restaurant is located only a few doors away from our favourite B&B Hotel in Roscoff. After two previous unsuccessful attempts to get a table there we were third time lucky.Reservation is recommended.The menu is typical for a French fishing resort/port with many fish choices but an interesting selection of classic...

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  • Busy and Good

    This large, corner restaurant in the main street always looked busy and we got the mistaken idea that it was a fast-food operation. It was recommended to us on this visit so we ate there and found how wrong we were. It certainly was busy and we were lucky to get a table on a Saturday night without a reservation. Menus start at 16 Euro and both that...

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  • Excellent food and a lovely view

    This is a really nice place off the old port. You can just stop on the terasse for drinks or you can do as I did and have a delicious stuffed artichoke for lunch. Staff speaks English as well.It is also a hotel and has some seriously nice ratings on other sites...perhaps next time I will get a room here. Roscoff has some sort of micro-climate and...

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Roscoff Transportation

  • Local Buses

    Roscoff is indeed the "Gateway to Brittany". From the ferry port there are regular bus services to Morlaix (services 52B & 53 - 4 daily in winter) and to Brest (service 40 - 7 daily). Both these services pass through the town centre and from Morlaix or Brest connections to the rest of the region, and Nationally, can be made.Website below is in...

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  • to and from ferry to roscoff

    VERY suprisingly there is no shuttle service to and from the ferry into the Roscoff township. You may be lucky enough to get a taxi from the ferry into town, BUT there is no taxi rank in the town to get you back. Plan ahead, do your shopping and sightseeing first and have a late, leisurely lunch. Then have your host order you a taxi back

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  • Bus direct to Quimper

    there is a direct bus service between Quimper and Roscoff . the line number 60 Ticket costs 2 euros . bus leaving Quimper 12.30 arrives actually at the ferry port Roscoff at 15.15 in time for the 16.00 ferry . In the morning there is a bus picking up at the port from the overnight crossing 7.30 ish . bus company reseau Penn- ar-Bed. this company...

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Roscoff Shopping

  • Ah The Smells!

    Judging by the traffic in and out of this little bakery this seems to be the most popular with the locals. Personally I didn't have the cause to buy anything as I wasn't going to get back home for another 24 hours but if I'd been staying here this would be the place I'd get my daily bread.Just standing outside inhaling the yeasty aromas was a...

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  • Wine, Wine, Wine and some Beer!

    UPDATE March 2014. It seems this place is no longer with us, which saddens me. This was one of my very early VT tips and one of the first places I'd reviewed where they put a feedback link between our pages. I'll leave this tip as it stands for my personal good memories.This is not a shop as such, but rather a warehouse, filled with......you...

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  • Treat yourself - seaweed is good for you

    This is an excellent place. Not only did I buy some really nice bubblebath and skin lotion, but I also went to some really fascinating lectures about the history of seaweed harvesting (in English), understanding the tides, and cooking with seaweed (among others) and all for free!The people who work here are helpful and knowledgeable and since I've...

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Roscoff Local Customs

  • Les Viviers de Roscoff

    From the Table d'Orientation, looking northeast, you'll notice a set of industrial-looking water tanks and a row of warehouses. This is the premises of Les Viviers de Roscoff."Les Viviers" is a co-operative seafood merchant, owned and run by the workforce, who distribute the local fisherfolk's catches to markets in France, Spain and the UK....

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  • The Breton Language

    From ancient times until the Middle Ages the west of Brittany was a Celtic-dominated region with its own language. Breton Celtic is very similar to the other Celtic laguages such as Irish and Scots Gaelic, Welsh and Cornish but has almost nothing in common with French.Pre World War I it's estimated that 90% of the western Bretagne population spoke...

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  • When You Need To Check The Time

    Provided the sun's out the sundial on the town centre church of Notre-Dame de Croaz Batz tells the time pretty accurately. However it doesn't take into account the seasonal changing of the clocks and so in winter it tells the time according to UK hours!See pic #2

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Roscoff Warnings and Dangers

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    by johngayton Written Mar 28, 2010

    Roscoff is very much a working harbour with fishing boats, ferries to the Isle de Batz and pleasure craft all making use of it. Thus, tempting though the water may look, it's not a good idea to go swimming around the harbour area itself.

    There's plenty of little coves and beaches along the shore and if diving is your thing there's a diving platform at the Plage de Roc'h Kroum just round the headland to the west.

    No Swimming Plage de Roc'h Kroum
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Roscoff Off The Beaten Path

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    by johngayton Updated Mar 23, 2010

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    Arrive in Roscoff, walk along the shore, rocky at first, then sandy - indescribable without using up several pages. Walk for a mile or two and you will be gobsmacked - it is just so....so....words fail me!

    When I arrived about 8 am I walked into town following the "centre ville" signs and at first was not particularly impressed, the road immediately out of the ferry port takes you past a small industrial estate and the road itself was a bit shabby, but then as I entered the town itself it came visually to life. The walk is about 1km and then you reach the old port. This is more of a leisure port than a fishing one (I think the fishing port is in the other direction) but still a working port and very picturesque.

    Continuing walking took me round the headland and the Anse de Laber which is a u-shaped bay with great views out to sea and to the opposite shore. Fortunately the tide was out and so I could continue along the shore, with it's rock pools, both natural and man-made, the short stretches of sandy beach with beautiful, almost white, fine sand. At that time in the morning I had the place almost to myself, just the odd dog walker and the seabirds for company.

    This really is an enjoyable walk, though I can imagine that it will get very busy during the day in summer.

    When the tide is in the beaches become separate little bays. This makes for no less pleasant a wander, you just have to return to the road from time-to-time. During the summer some of the beaches have lifeguards, whilst others don't, but those that do are signposted as such.*

    Sandy Beach Less Sandy Beach Rocky Beach
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Roscoff Favorites

  • If You Need To Do Your Laundry

    If you're staying in self-catering accommodation, or are just generally on the road, there's a perfectly good laundrette in the town centre. Not something I've had to use (as yet) but here it is anyway on Rue A Courbet which is part of the town's main street.

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  • If You Need The Loo...

    ...don't worry!Roscoff is well-provided with free-to-use public toilets. A couple of them are simple "pissoirs" but most are modern with proper facilities and the ones down by the harbour also offer showers (for the showers you need a token from the Tourist Office which costs 2 Euros).

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  • Tourist Information Plaques

    Wandering around the town really is a pleasure and especially so as all the main places of interest have these useful plaques (in French and English) which give a brief bit of background and history about that particular location. In fact if you photographed them all you would have your little guidebook.You'll get the history of the port,...

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