French ocean breeze - Brittany

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It must be amazing - to stand on the shore of the European land knowing that you are facing a huge ocean, immeasurable amounts of water, and that the nearest dry land behind it is the far-reaching American continent. This water is the Atlantic Ocean, and the European land we stand on is the rocky Pointe du Raz, located in Brittany, in the northwest of France.

The two extremes of Brittany

Brittany is a picturesque region full of romance, a bit mysterious and austere. Capricious when it comes to the weather. With a Catholic tradition deeply rooted in history and culture - pilgrimages, indulgences, a large number of regional saints, countless chapels and stone roadside crosses, as well as Calvaries (carvings carved in stone). A holiday in Brittany will be a great time for lovers of the countryside and green spaces (including pastures), party-goers can be rather bored. There are many small towns in the region that look as if time has stood still there. The tourist's eyes slide with pleasure over stone houses decorated with flowers hanging from balconies and window sills.


An example of such a place is the town of Locronan , with its medieval architecture and the name derived from the name of an Irish monk who came here to evangelize Brittany. A large church with two entrances dominates the area, which makes the temple look like two buildings joined together. It stands by the market square, where tourist traffic is concentrated - in summer it is quite crowded here. On the other hand, it is green and quiet around the town. In the past, flax fields grew here, which contributed to the enrichment of the inhabitants. Today you can take a break there and relax during a leisurely walk. The above-mentioned Pointe du Raz cape is a temperamental tourist alternative to intimate, quiet places. If, while visiting France , and more specifically the Breton Peninsula, someone wanted an injection of adrenaline, they would find too much of it there. According to various sources, there is no more dangerous place for ships during a storm - anywhere in the world. And even without a storm, you can experience unforgettable emotions, treading carefully on the rocks attacked from all sides.

Visit to Finistère

When wandering through Brittany, visit the Finistère department. Its prefecture is the pretty little city of art and history, Quimper . It is situated where the Odet River flows into the Atlantic Ocean . There are a number of cobbled streets running through the oldest part of the city, entwining half-timbered houses. The black and white checked buildings look beautiful, homely and cozy. Small bridges across the river are fabulously floral with geranium beds. Until your eyes are happy during walks! Quimper also attracts lovers of sacred architecture - in the old part of the city there is a gothic cathedral of Saint Corentin, with frescoes, stained glass windows and medieval tombs inside. In the Locmaria district, there is a 12th-century Romanesque church, one of the oldest religious monuments in the department. The city's attractions also include the Faience Museum, located in the former ceramics factories. Quimper is not only the main town of Finistère - it is also the venue of festivals of importance to the region. It is the cultural heart of Brittany.

Camping on the Crozon peninsula


Where can we find accommodation near Quimper ? A nice, intimate place is located approx. 28 km (going north), in a quiet and green area. It is located in the town of Châteaulin, and anyone who loves cycling, fishing or simply enchanted by the landscapes of Brittany and would like to spend more time in the region will be pleased to stay there. It's Camping de Rodaven - a great base for day trips around Finistère, located in the heart of the department. There are, among others, waiting for you to get to know Crozon peninsula, Douarnenez bay and, of course, Pointe du Raz, one of the four great attractions of France. The center of Châteaulin camping is about a 10-minute walk away.

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