Brest is the second largest town in Brittany and is sheltered by a large natural harbour known as 'La Rade de Brest'. Here you'll find numerous opportunities for watersports including windsurfing, kayaking, diving and a first-class sailing club.
Brest itself is a modern port dominated by the French Naval Fleet and is rich in maritime history. All year round you'll see Brest's waters teeming with vessels, yachts and fishing boats.
Brest acts as a good base for discovering the nearby pretty villages of Le Conquet and the offshore islands like Ile d'Ouessant. This island has many gems and incorporates the Parc Naturel Regional d'Armorique which extends to the forests around Huelgoat.
Brittany has many faces, it is a land of raw Atlantic coastline with steep cliffs, old picturesque fishing ports in quiet coves that have become sea resorts. It is rocky and wind beaten, this is Armor the 'country by the sea'.
There is another Brittany called Argoat, 'Forest country', the inner Brittany though not much of the forest survives.
The mysterious forests of Huelgoat and Paimpont are the largest survivors and will take you back to times of King Arthur.
The sea bathing centre of Brittany is on the south coast of the half-island, Quiberon. But Carnac and other places around the Gulf of Morbihan have become sea-side towns.
Brittany also has 25 small towns and villages making it unique in France, and not only are places like Dinan, Vannes, St. Malo, Morlaix, Lannion, Fougeres and so on a treat for the visitor they are also busy with trade, business and administration.
Inhabitants of Brittany are Bretons. They love both modernity and traditions. They have a very high level of education. Sea is a part of themselves and the Fêtes Maritimes are a wonderful time. Bretons like many kinds of music. Especially in summer, numerous festivals take place in Brittany. The most important are Les Vieilles Charrues (rock), Astropolis (electro) and the Festival Interceltique de Lorient (celtic music). Celtic culture is a major aspect of Brittany and Breton is a very beautiful language.
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