The surrounding area: Pays de Brest

Finistère, so aptly named - land's end, the westernmost tip of France. "The next city is New York!" as we like to say here. This ‘land's end' stands like a point across the sea,  ploughs on through the land, forming an incomparable natural harbour whose thread stretches all the way to Landerneau or Le Faou. All around, a whole land of enchantment awaits you.

Pays de Brest, which encircles Brest Métropole Océane, comprises four distinct territories: Pays des Abers - Côte des Légendes (legendary coast), Pays d'Iroise, Pays des Rives d'Armorique and the Presqu'île de Crozon: from the River Aulne to the sea. On the agenda: long kilometres of coastline, wild yet preserved, where fishing ports neighbour cliffs and estuaries, as well as a precious heritage that is hidden away in the hollows of the land.

At this most westerly tip of western France, the last land before the immensity of the Atlantic is known as the Pays d'Iroise. From Plougonvelin to Conquet, and from Porspoder to Ploudalmézeau, the wonders of the coastline are spread out before you, along coastal paths where the waves crash onto rocks shaped by the whims of the weather. Be sure not to miss the Fort de Bertheaume in Plougonvelin - 37 metres tall and accessible via a walkway above the waves!

To the North, Pays des Abers - Côte des Légendes (legendary coast) will lead you to the delights of the Brignogan beaches, as far as the winding arms of Aber Wrac'h, near Plouguerneau. Keep going, and you'll find yourself inland, where the unexpected landscapes are laden with legend.

Pays des Rives d'Armorique will begin by introducing you to Landerneau, with its 500-year-old house-lined bridge, and the river running majestically through the town. Head south, and it's the Abbaye de Daoulas, with its remarkable Romanesque cloisters, which will open its doors to you. A journey via Le Faou, tucked away at the end of a tiny ria of the Rade de Brest, and here you are on the south side, at the very heart of the Presqu'île de Crozon. More than 400 km of marked trails welcome inveterate walkers as far as Crozon or Camaret - idyllic seaside villages which live by the rhythm of the tides. In Roscanvel, Lanvéoc or Landévennec, the Rade de Brest stretches out before you, the true heart of a land whose treasures seem infinite!