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Brest is a modern, sophisticated city that revolves around its long length of coastline within one of the prettiest bays in northwest France. One of the country’s most historic ports has played an important role in military history over the years, but was sadly all but destroyed during the Second World War. The result is a restored city with new architecture, fashioned to an almost grid-like layout. For visitors, Brest offers a combination of great water sports, fine cuisine, beaches and a lively nautical feel.


Population 146,519
Currency Euro, 1€ = 100 cents
Opening hours Shops are open Monday-Saturday from 09.00 or 09.30 to 19.00 in high season and 09.00 or 09.30 to 18.00 at other times. Shops are generally closed on Sundays.
Newspapers Ouest France
Courrier du Léon
Le Télégramme
Le Figaro
Le Journal du Dimanche
Emergency numbers Emergency: 112
Police: 17
Fire: 18
Tourist information Office de Tourisme de Brest métropole océane
8 Avenue Georges Clemenceau, Brest
+33 298 44 24 96