Brest Tourism

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.

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

    • Air Pollution 26.92 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 30 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 35 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 30 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 20 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 15 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 22.22 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 40 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Brest for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Brest.

    • Burglary and Theft 47.5 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 57.5 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 42.5 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 32.5 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 47.5 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 52.5 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 52.5 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 60 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 77.5 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 40 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 60 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 27.5 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 47.5 (Moderate)
    • Safety Index 50.74 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 93.14 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 31.23 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 35 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 87.64 (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.

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.14 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.13 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 34.5 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 89.04 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 85.7 USD

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