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Top Tips to Enjoy Summer Holidays in Northern France

Top Tips to Enjoy Summer Holidays in Northern France

People planning to spend their summer holidays in northern France should not miss the opportunity to visit Brest, the beautiful city situated on the North West coast of Brittany.

Another reason to visit the place is to know about the maritime history of the city that is rich in military and naval heritage.

On arrival, the city may feel a little disappointing, but when you look around, you will find that it is actually a lovely marina and commercial port. The place is surrounded by plenty of beaches, coves and picnic spots. All these make this city in northern France a perfect destination for a family trip.

Before you go, check out some of the important information about the place and its attractions to enjoy fun holidays in Brest this summer.


Best Time to go

July and August are the best time to visit Brest as the city comes to life during this time. The climate remains warm and pleasant in summer, and this July, Brest will celebrate the most prestigious maritime event in France, the Brest Maritime Festival.

You can witness the magnificent views of this event when 2,500 boats and a few Tall Ships arrive from the four directions of the world and dock in the port.

The other attractions are various stalls, music shows, street food, performance art and boat manufacturing competitions held to exhibit the maritime heritage of Brest. Fireworks on the bank when the ships leave the port on July 19th will surely present a spectacular sea view.


Best Way to Get There

You can catch a regular flight from any of the principal city ports in the UK to get there. Alternatively, take the latest super quick service by the CityJet route available from this year and get there easily. It operates thrice a week and is a one and half hours journey from London city to Brest. Fares for one way start from £83 and returns £138, including taxes.


Best Places to Stay

You can choose a reputable hotel, overlooking the sea and located at the centre of the city or checkout the vast number of holiday parks in Northern France.

Check out whether the hotel has a good sea-facing restaurant with daily set menu. Rooms for doubles start from 120 euros and family rooms are available at various costs throughout the year.


Best Things to See and Do

  • Océanopolis

One must-visit place in Brest is the Océanopolis, the world famous aquarium where you can actually see turtles, seals shimmy and king size penguins roaming around in front of your eyes. Do not miss visiting this magical place where you can spend the entire day exploring its three extensive zones: tropical, polar and temperate waters. Your kids will simply love this fantastic experience and tickets are available at €17 for adults and €11 for children. You can also hire nifty strollers for €3.

  • Boat trip

You may drive or catch a local bus from the city centre and arrive at the marina for a boat ride and enjoy spectacular scenic views.

The trip for an hour and a half will cost you €15 for adults and €6 for children below 16.

  • The botanical gardens

Go for a 10 minutes drive or take a city bus trip to visit this local beauty spot, the Conservatoire Botanique National de Brest.

The place has a magnificent lake surrounded by four tropical greenhouses that makes it an ideal picnic spot.

  • Taste the cider (for adults only)

Check out the menu in the restaurants or seaside bars and taste Brenton cider, a sweet but strong little delicacy, though it is not available for kids.


Visit around the town and enjoy the following things:

• Drive in your car along the coast and arrive in a small village Saint-Mathieu, on the North West coast to enjoy hiking or walking along the Brittany coastline.

• Choose to stay by the sea and spend your evenings with family enjoying sea view from the terrace.

• Climb the Saint-Mathieu lighthouse, which is open to the public, all year round. The 163 steps of the lighthouse make it a steep climb and so is not ideal for children.


These are some valuable tips that should make your summer holidays in northern France truly enjoyable and a fun experience.

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