This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Brest. To help you make friends with Brest before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Brest, Brittany, France, is a coastal city in the northwest of France. Around one hundred forty-two thousand people live in the city, which is strongly linked to shipping. In fact, the harbour is very important for the regional economy and for trading. It is easy to get from bigger cities such as Paris and Rennes to Brest; regular fast trains provide a convenient service.
Two architectural highlights are the old castle and the Tanguy Tower. Due to World War II and heavy bombing by the Allies, there is not much left of the historical city centre. It is easy to get around in the centre since it is rather compact. Thanks to its location, Brest has natural beauty such as a scenic bay to offer.
If you want to stay in Brest, you can chose from plenty of hotels and guesthouses of different categories. The great majority of the accommodations is located right in the centre of the city. Backpackers looking for a cheap place to stay can book a Brest, Brittany, France hostel, as well. The hostels in Brest, Brittany, France, have clean facilities and an excellent location to explore the centre as well as the harbour. If you look for some more hostels and you are flexible, check out the smaller towns along the coast.
If you like seafood, Brest is a really good option for you. You can try out some delicious fresh seafood such as grab and lobster with a real Breton style. In July, do not miss the international sailing festival -- the so-called “Les Tonnerres de Brest” is a festival that takes places only every four years. Hundreds of sailing vessels drop anchor in the port; in addition to that, there are regattas, workshops, and many more fun activities. If you have a car, check out the unspoilt countryside around Brest. Explore the mountain range Monts d’Arrée. Numerous biking trails and opportunities to hike are very suitable for sport and outdoor lovers.
Written by local enthusiast for Brest hostelsFlo