It’s another south
A south where nature, both dramatic and serene between the Pyrenees and the Cevennes, serves as a haven for the most original experiences.
Top Attractions in Occitanie
The Tanguy Tower
The Montbarey Memorial
The National Botanical Reserve of Brest
Recouvrance, Lambézellec, Saint-marc and Saint-pierre Quilbignon
Museum of Fine Arts
Parc de la Penfeld
Abri Sadi Carnot
Abri Sadi Carnot is a powerful and sobering memorial of great heroism in the face of devastating tragedy during the Second World War. The tunnel was used as a hideout by civilians when it was hit by a bomb, leaving hundreds of people trapped. The monument is guaranteed to stir up emotion.
Square Mathon is for those who are interested in taking a glimpse into the past. The square is where some of the remaining pieces of the old Brest city wall and the ancient gate are contained; there is also a stone-carved map that shows the city the way it once was.
Those interested in active pursuits will be pleased to discover that Brest has something to offer in the indoor game department. This family-friendly entertainment venue is a great place to play exhilarating games, which both kids and adults will find exciting.
Biscuiterie Terre d'Embruns
A wonderful activity for the whole family, a tour of the Terre d’Embruns biscuit factory offers visitors an insight into the production process of pastries and cookies, allowing guests to follow the process every step of the way. At the end of the tour, a sampling is possible in the on-site cafe.
Phare du Petit Minou
About 15 kilometers westward along the coastline from Brest is the scenic lighthouse Phare du Petit Minou. The structure itself is, unfortunately, no longer open to the public, but the premises are free to be explored, along with the nearby fort and bunker.
Amour de Pomme de Terre
It’s all about the humble potato at this tellingly named restaurant – the root vegetable comes in many delicious varieties, all within the course of the same meal. Potatoes are certainly the star of the show in the restaurant with a classy, yet very homely feel.
Aux Vieux Gréements
Aux Vieux Gréements is an attractive restaurant seating around 60 people. The restaurant serves delicious seafood and fish dishes.
Le Nautilus is an elegant restaurant at the Oceania hotel. It offers a menu with flavours from around the world, dishes are varied with an emphasis on meat and seafood. The kitchen makes good use of locally-sourced ingredients and a fine wine list is available to guests.
Lovers of fish and seafood will be spoilt for choice at the well-regarded Le Ruffé. The menu is concise, yet packs a punch with the interesting selection. To try several exquisite dishes, sample the “formule” menu consisting of elegantly presented meat and seafood creations.
Le Tour du Monde
Visitors should not leave Brest without tasting the local mussels, and the waterfront Tour du Monde is a good restaurant to give the local specialty a try. Mussels are the signature dish of the house, but the spot is perfect for trying some excellent fish and chips as well.
Restaurant Bar Atlantide
L’Atlantide is a cosy and attractive, nautical restaurant is conveniently situated in the centre of Brest at the Hotel Center. They specialise in fish and seafood. Fixed lunch and dinner menus are available, as well as an a la carte selection of dishes.
L’atelier Gourmand is a cosy, quintessentially French bistro with a lively atmosphere of a busy eatery (especially during lunch hours). Set menus are offered along with a la carte dining. Special emphasis is laid on dish presentation, which completes the dining experience.
Le M serves great European (with an emphasis on French) food, beautifully presented and full of flavour – as might be well-expected from a Michelin-starred establishment. The restaurant occupies an authentic old house. The prices are high and reservations essential.
Ristorante Del Arte
If you are really craving a pizza or any other Italian food, you have come to the right place. Ristorante Del Arte serves delicious Italian cuisine and is the right place to go to for both lunch and dinner. Pizza is the specialty, but other Italian classics such as risotto and pasta are offered here, too.