Visit Brest - Best of Brest

Curled up in one of the most beautiful natural harbours on the West Atlantic Coast, Brest is a city in the Brittany region of France. Its harbour is regarded as one of the most important ones in the country, and following Toulon, it is the second Military port for the French. The city earned a respectable name for its service sector, academics and developing tourism. With a great historical heritage and impeccable architecture in the city’s monuments, Brest remains on the itinerary planners of many tourists.

The earliest known records of Brest trace back to 1240AD. In the 14th century, English took over the city from John IV, the Duke of Brittany. Brest became a part of French Crown after Claude was married to Francis I of France. The harbour was first constructed in 1631 by Cardinal Richelieu after which it served as the French naval base. Unfortunately, the city was heavily destroyed during the World War II but was reconstructed later.

The itineraries of Brest involve picturesque landscapes and captivating waters of the Atlantic. Apart from whatever is left of the World War Bombings, the city’s major tourist attractions involve the wealth bestowed upon it by the nature. The city is embedded with the fortifications and relics from the history and cobbled stone streets lined up with the residential spaces on either side.

Brest is also considered as a famous university town with the University of West Brittany and many other prestigious educational institutions like ÉcoleNavale (the French Naval Academy), Télécom Bretagne and the Superior National School of Advanced Techniques of Brittany established in the city. These academic centres cater to more than 23,000 students who cross your path very often. The city also takes pride in its naval academy and the Océanopolis, a one of its kind ocean discovery centre in Europe.

Include Brest to your vacation planners this holiday season and enjoy a laidback vacation with your loved ones. Tour around all the important places to visit in the city and embrace the city’s culture. You can always get to the tourist information centre at 8 Avenue Georges Clemenceau if you have any queries. During the evenings, take a stroll on one of the beaches looking out at the pretty buoys in the sea. Or just visit a local café and nibble on some of their delicacies and indulge yourselves in some of the fun-filled activities to do along with the locals.

Brest Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Brest tips for your visit

  • Carry raincoat or umbrella along with you because the rains in the city are quite unpredictable.

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Facts and Stats for Brest*

  • Pollution Statistics in Brest

    Know the pollution level of Brest before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 31.25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 21.88 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 43.75 (Moderate)
  • Brest: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Brest for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Brest.

    • Burglary and Theft 52.78 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 61.11 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 44.44 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 33.33 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 47.22 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 47.22 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 55.56 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 61.11 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 63.89 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 30.56 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 50 (Moderate)
  • Living in Brest - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 50.16 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 93.14 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 28.88 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 35 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 90.05 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Brest

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Brest

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.23 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 29.9 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 92 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 86.25 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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