Brest with its evocative street names – Siam, Bougainville, La Fayette, Segalen, is a place where the traveler can unwind in a variety of ways: shopping, restaurants, museums and galleries, theatres, cinemas, bars and pubs with a truly Celtic atmosphere. From the fortifications built by the famous French architect Vauban to the destruction wrought by the Second World War, all of the city’s architecture is rooted in the soils of history. Accounts of the past, monuments, military history, and museums provide the occasion for an exciting journey through the events that made Brest what it is today.
Just a few hundred yards away from the quays sits the town itself amid its Motte-Tanguy Tower and its castle dating back to the 15th and 17th centuries, which houses the splendid naval museum. Keep, towers, courtyards and watchtowers overlook the port and the Penfield river which, every 4 years, play host to the largest gathering of boats in the world.