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Brest Holidays Overview
Brest is located in Brittany, in the northwest corner of France. The centre is built around the deep harbour known as the Rade de Brest, and key buildings such as the naval base and the Port de Commerce can be found along the waterfront.
Formerly one of France’s most important naval and commercial ports, Brest was heavily bombed by the allies during the Second World War and a large percentage of its buildings were totally destroyed. Rebuilding after the war was a rapid as homes had to be provided for the city’s inhabitants, and the majority of Brest now features mid twentieth century architecture.
Modern Brest is still a significant port and military base, and it is very common to see uniformed sailors strolling around the town alongside the university’s student population. The craggy Ile d’Ouessant just of the coast of Brest, is a windswept island with traditional houses that is well worth a visit.
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Les Jeudis du Port
The harbour is the best place to be in Brest on Thursday evenings during the summer. A wide variety of free events take place between 7.30pm and midnight including performances of live rock music, reggae, and world music, street theatre, and children’s events.
Festival de Cornouaille
The Festival de Cornouaille takes place a few kilometres south of Brest in Quimper. It takes place over a week at the end of July and is a celebration of Celtic culture including music, and costumes. Classical music concerts are held at various venues around the town after the traditional festival.
Fetes maritime de Brest
The International Brest Maritime Festival takes place every four years in July. It attracts sailors from around the world and features boats of every shape, size and style. There are boat parades, music, dance, and races, which take place over a week in the unique atmosphere of a living, working port.
holidays - How to Get There
Flights from Australia to Brest take around twenty seven hours. Qantas combine with Air France to provide a route stopping in Singapore and Paris, while Etihad also combine with Air France to provide a route via Abu Dabi and Paris.