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Brest Travel Information

Brest is a port city in Brittany, in northwestern France, bisected by the Penfeld river. It’s known for its rich maritime history and naval base. At the mouth of the Penfeld, overlooking the harbor, is the National Navy Museum, housed in the medieval Château de Brest. Across the river stands Tour Tanguy, a medieval tower. To the northeast are the National Botanical Conservatory and the Océanopolis aquarium.

Situated on the west coast of Brittany, on one of the finest natural harbours on the continent, Brest is a big and busy port town. Its proud maritime past is recalled in the naval museum. Europe’s largest raising bridge, the Pont Recouvrance, crosses the Penfield River here, and the marine aquarium Oceanpolis, offers exhibits for a family visit.