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Penfeld River and Pont de Recouvrance in Brest. Brest, Brittany, France. (Photo via benkrut / iStock / Getty Images Plus)


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Chateau de Brest (Brest Castle) is an iconic antique nestled in the heart of Brest, France.  With its feet deeply rooted in history and its doors open to the public, the castle has become the city’s oldest symbol of antiquity.  It grandiose halls blaze the trail into the Maritime Museum as the spirit of age old legends as well as impressive exhibitions lurk around every corner.  After the events of World War II, much of its façade was destroyed; however, with a new face the castle continues its quest in honoring France’s naval and boating civilization.  Chateau de Brest is the pinnacle of attraction options in your discovery of Brest.  It is a great way to become in tuned with the city’s culture, while diving into its rich heritage.

With its façade facing the sea, Brest is surrounded by a pulsating maritime atmosphere.  This captivating town sits on the western tip of Brittany in France and one of the largest administrative hubs of its region. As a naval base it played a major role in both World Wars, which lead to the significant reconstruction of its architecture and infrastructure.  Although never forgotten, its past pulsates throughout its landscape, shaping the city into its modern existence.  It offers a unique blend of old and new, radiantly beaming down on its downtown district.  Visitors of Brest will also have the pleasures of experiencing barefoot luxury upon its sandy shores, sailing the Atlantic, delving into its historic collections in its museums, exploring the endangered plants of the Brest National Botanical Conservation Center, in addition to observing the fascinating aquatic species of Oceanopolis. 

With a well protected harbor fully loaded with seafood, the gastronomy of Brest is a cultural affair.  Its restaurants are intoxicated with the aromas of freshly caught delicacies prepared in French style.  You will also be able to feast on an array of France’s specialties prepared in a fashion that will marvel your senses and quench your pallet. 

Brest is characterized by humid temperate climate.  From June to September (warm season) the temperature averages from the high-60s to a low in the upper 50s.  During November to March (cold season) the weather varies from a high in the low-50s and decreases to the low-40s at night. 

Brest Bretagne Airport is the main gateway into the city. Trams and Bus Bibus are accessible for traveling throughout the town.  Rail and coach are also available for venturing to other European cities.  Taxis will transport you to your desired location, while bikes and cars are available for hire.   Nevertheless, it is suggested that tourists navigate through Brest’s trails by foot to discover  its natural treasures.