The coastal pathFinistère is a region of wild rugged Ven Izella beachcoastline, silver sandy beaches and open moorland in the centre, very unspoilt by tourism. The latin name for Finistère (Finis Terrae) means ‘World’s end’, and as it is the furthest westerly point of France it feels very different to the rest of the country. The Bretons see themselves as being very different to other French people and the Breton language is still spoken by most of the older generation. Finistère has made a unique contribution to European architecture in the form of the parish closes. These extraordinary complexes of church, triumphal arch, charnel house and carved calvary are often on such a scale as to dwarf the surrounding houses in the small villages in which they stand. As for the fruits of the sea and the fruits of the land, Brittany is renowned for its seafood, young lamb fed on tender grass and locally grown vegetables such as globe artichokes and cauliflowers. A variety of activities are available locally including horse riding, sailing, tennis, deep sea fishing  and scuba diving.

Ven Izella beach - a hidden coveFor ramblers, the coastal pathMorlaix's Saturday market which leads from Plougasnou is magnificent at any time of year. Also there are many small, hidden coves which are practically deserted even in Summer. Ven Izella beach is one of these lovely coves and is only 15 minutes drive away. During July and August a musical concert takes place every Tuesday evening in Plougasnou village square, featuring musicians from around the world. There are also numerous classical concerts which take place inside the church. Also, in Morlaix, a highly coulourful free Arts festival takes place in August which consists of theatrical events around the streets of Morlaix.

Places to visit:

OceanopolisThe world famous sea-world centre of Oceanopolis in Brest is well worth a visit and can take most of the day to visit the three regions:  temperate, polar and tropical. It is about an hour away.


Karaez Adrenaline - tree top adventure centreThe tree top adventure centre nearby in Penzé is not to be missed for adventurous children and parents.


taureaThe chateau du Taureau is a Napoleonic fort on an island in the bay of Morlaix and you can visit it by boat departing from the quay at Plougasnou


Armoriparc amusement parkArmoriparc amusement park is also a visit not to be missed. There is a lake with pedalos, a toboggan run, bouncy castles and all done in the best possible taste.


The Chateau de KerjeanLe Chateau de Kerjean was built in the sixteenth century and has a spectacular dry moat. There are also children’s discovery visits.


 

Tonguedec castleTonguedec castle dates from the 15th century and you can visit the dungeons and tower via a spiral staircase.