The Pays des Abers at the heart of Brest terres océanes
From the Pays des Abers, you can get away from it all in less than an hour to Brest terres océanes. Give free rein to your desire for local discovery. Here, you're not only on the unique Route des Phares, but also very close to Brest and just a stone's throw from other magnificent, purely authentic landscapes. Unless, of course, you're also tempted by cultural and/or nautical escapism. Shall we go?
An escape on the Route des Phares
After visiting the lighthouse at Plouguerneau's Île Vierge, continue along the Route des Phares. 20 sentinels of the sea await you. Our preferred means of transport to meet them? on foot along the GR®34customs path, or astride a bicycle on the V45 cycle route, La Littorale. So you can go at your own pace along the coast.
Must-see lighthouses: St-Mathieu in Plougonvelin, Kermorvan in Le Conquet, Le Petit Minou in Plouzané, Le Stiff on the island of Ouessant and Trézien in Plouarzel. And then there are all the others, which you can't visit, but which you can admire while dreaming of the lighthouse keepers' stories. The highest concentration of lighthouses in the world is here, so treat yourself!
Saint Mathieu lighthouse
Petit Minou lighthouse
A beautiful escape to Brest,
From Landéda, it's a 30-minute drive to Brest. But here too, if you prefer to pedal, take the Abers cycle route. Arrive in Brest 40 km later.
Discover Brest: Océanopolis for a world tour of the oceans, the Musée National de la Marine for a dive into naval history, and the national botanical conservatory, which protects plant species that are unique in the world. And in the heart of the Metropole: board the cable car to the Ateliers des Capucins, a former shipyard transformed into a gigantic third-living space. You'll see the Emperor's canoe and 70.8, the Ocean Gallery.
But also (and above all?): the harbor.
The Rade de Brest
It would be a shame to come to Brest without discovering its harbor and its activities. To get a better idea, click here.
In Les Abers, creative artists are greatly inspired by the sea. This bubbling bath of culture in various artistic forms and the desire to share it is in the DNA of Brest terres océanes. 3 examples. The Fonds Hélène et Édouard Leclerc pour la Culture in Landerneau offers international exhibitions twice a year. Every year, for 6 months, the Daoulas Abbey puts on an exhibition with an original theme, inviting visitors to discover others. A little further afield, in Camaret-sur-Mer, the Vauban Tower welcomes you to learn about its historic role in the surveillance of the Brest Narrows. The choice is wide.
Escape to exceptional natural landscapes
Les Abers is all about gentle landscapes that encourage us to live to the rhythm of the tides and enjoy the moment. We'd like to introduce you to 3 other exceptional sites that you won't see anywhere else:
- Ouessant, the most Breton of Brittany's islands: explore it from headland to headland. It's wild, it's iodized, it's a change of scenery!
- The Meneham site in Kerlouan: Here you can immerse yourself in the history of these old thatched cottages and the past cohabitation of customs officers, farmers, seaweed harvesters, smugglers... The site tells its own story, and also welcomes art craftsmen and great events.
- Le Menez-Hom in Dinéault: our mountain rises to 330 metres! From up there, you'll have a 360° view of Brest harbor, the meandering Aulne river, the Menez-Hom Atlantique coastline, Douarnenez Bay and all around, moorland, moorland, moorland. Beautiful!
Ouessant, an exceptional island
Go to Ushant and its majestic landscapes, chiseled cliffs and spectacular winter storms.
While the Abers can be explored by kayak, we've selected a number of other water-based experiences for you in Brest terres océanes: coasteering in Crozon, the swim and run course in Brignogan, summer stopovers in Brest, paddling on the Daoulas river, snorkeling in the Molène archipelago and kite-flying in Pentrez... There's something for everyone. What did you choose?
Swim and run © Emmanuel Berthier
Sailboat © Eugénie Ragot
Paddleboarding in Daoulas © Alexandre Lamoureux
Brest terres océanes, the end of the world at your fingertips!
The tourist destination #Brestterresoceanes is an astonishing concentration of Breton landscapes offering beautiful and rejuvenating experiences.