A lively destination

Sport, entertainment, thrills, culture, etc. In Brest and its region, you'll find a broad range of leisure activities all year round. Day or night, outings await you! Which one will you choose? A visit to the museum, a few strokes at the pool, a concert of howling guitars, or an exploration of the marine environment? From the smallest event to the most spectacular, there's something for everyone at the tip of Finistère.

214,500 inhabitants, 23,000 students - in France's far west, Brest Métropole Océane brings together energies and talents. As a student city, Brest has a wealth of leisure facilities, and is particularly proud of the multitude of festive and convivial events on offer. Rebuilt in the 1950s, the city has since undergone many changes - some of which are very much in the headlines: the first tramway line, 14.3 kilometres long, will be opening in 2012, whilst work will begin on the brand new Capucins neighbourhood, on the edge of Penfeld, in 2014.

Newly resident? A tourist?

Regardless of your situation, no visit to Brest is complete without a trip to see the wonders of Océanopolis. The marine discovery park is unique in Europe and will take you to explore the countless marvels of the sea at every corner of the globe. In terms of entertainment, playful souls will be delighted to find karting, laser gaming, skating and bowling. And of course, in the place where lush greenery and the sea complement one another perfectly, there are endless adventures to be had in the great outdoors! Enjoy a stroll through the woods, finding your way through a giant labyrinth, etc.  Make the most of exceptional natural sites to find a different form of entertainment, in harmony with the elements.

After all that exertion, it will be high time for a bit of culture.

Time for the museum! The Fine-Arts Museum, Passerelle Art Centre or Brittany Cinémathèque (film archive) will allow you to dive into the various facets of creative activity. Next, it will be time to sample a little live performance. Brest is a city in which the sound of music - Miossec, Yann Tiersen or Matmatah, for example - resounds at every crossroads. The Espace Vauban, Carène and Parc de Penfeld feature a very diverse range of artists all year round, whilst the neighbouring communes boast a solid network of auditoriums offering eclectic and surprising programming. And there is also, of course, the Quartz - Brest's famous national theatre, where plays, dance and music have been magnificently presented, since 1988.