Brest: a city turned towards the ocean

A promontory overlooking the sea

that's how you could define Brest

The city's history has always been linked to the sea and the various ports that characterize Finistère's largest city. Would you like to discover the maritime side of Brest?

Follow the guide!

Rade de Brest - Tourism Brest Metropole

Brest harbour

Brest's maritime vocation is undoubtedly due to its geographical position on the Brest roadstead.

A large expanse of water protected from currents by the Pointe de Roscanvel, the bay is a great playground for nautical activities, as well as scallop fishing.

It forms a rugged coastline of coves and headlands, offering exceptional panoramic views from land or sea.

Shark aquarium at Océanopolis

Océanopolis, the ocean discovery center

3 pavilions, an otter tank, 10,000 animals, and more! Océanopolis isn't just an aquarium: it's a huge scientific discovery center dedicated to the oceans.

It's a great place to spend the day and observe species from all over the world.

Stars in your eyes, whether you're big or small!

70.8 Ocean gallery

70.8, the gallery of maritime innovations

70.8% - that's the surface area occupied by the planet's oceans. It's also the name given to this center for scientific culture, located in the Ateliers des Capucins in Brest.

How can we benefit from the oceans' priceless and sometimes unsuspected resources, while respecting the environment, today and in the future?

A fascinating, interactive tour that's a must-see!

cruise in Brest harbour - Tourisme Brest Métropole

A stroll in Brest harbour

Discovering the Brest harbor by sea is undoubtedly the best way to observe the beauty and diversity of its landscapes. Several service providers offer cruises in the harbor.

An original gourmet cruise: oysters, white wine and a magnificent boat trip!

Sailing on the Brest roadstead

By sailboat, paddleboat, kayak or motorboat... Discover the harbor at your own pace on calm waters. Only a gentle breeze will tickle your neck!

Most water sports are suitable for beginners and advanced alike, and can be enjoyed on your own or in a supervised outing.

Our favorite: the sunset paddle!

paddle at sunset - Tourisme Brest Métropole
Canot de l'Empereur - Tourism Brest Metropole@0.75x

A rich maritime heritage

Once back on dry land, take advantage of a stay in Brest to discover its maritime heritage: the Musée National de la Marine, located in the Château, is one of the must-sees in Brest.

Visit the harbors to feel the atmosphere, from the clatter of shrouds at the Marina du Château to the comings and goings of military boats on the Penfeld.