Located in the centre of the Crozon peninsula, on the west coast of the Finistere department of Brittany, the town of Crozon is an excellent base for those visiting the area as it is less than 12km from all of the towns, beaches and jagged coastline that the peninsula is renowned for. Crozon is also home to a large percentage of the holiday accommodation in the area, with traditional stone cottages and modern town apartments some of the best self-catering options in this area of natural beauty.
The Crozon peninsula is a craggy, cross-shaped mass of land that stretches out to the west of the Finistere department, and the basic road system on the peninsula means that the town that bears the Crozon name will likely be encountered by anyone visiting the area. Walking and cycling are great ways of exploring the peninsula, and the coast is just a short distance away. It is the hidden sandy coves, towering cliffs, jagged rock formations and beautiful beaches that characterise this beautiful part of France, and sailing, fishing and water sports can all be found in abundance once you reach the water’s edge.
The town centre has a suitable level of amenities for anyone on a self-catering holiday. These include a number of bars, restaurants, shops and small supermarkets that sell local products such as Camembert cheese and Coquilles de St Jacques (scallops). An alternative to the shops is to pay a visit to the morning market, held on most days of the week and offering more of the same local delicacies at slightly cheaper prices.
Like many towns in the area Crozon plays host to a number of festivals and events throughout the year. The biggest draw for those outside the town is the Festival du Bout du Monde – which translates as the World’s End Festival, and is a popular music event held in July or August every year.
Just 3km south of Crozon, Morgat is a pleasant town that has some excellent seafood restaurants, a picturesque, sheltered harbour and a crescent-shaped sandy beach. From the waterfront it is possible to arrange boat trips around the headlands or to the series of multi-coloured caves carved into the cliffs, known as the Grottes. Heading west from your base, Camaret-sur-Mer is 9km along the road, and has a marina, a number of beaches and the 17th Century Tour Vauban historical fortification.
The Crozon peninsula has its own microclimate, meaning warm and dry weather for the majority of the year, particularly during summer months. Although summers are not as hot here as other parts of Brittany, winters are even milder, with frost and snow almost unheard of.
Brest Bretagne Airport (BES) is situated 23km around the coast from Crozon, and receives daily flights from UK airports such as Manchester, Birmingham and Exeter through Flybe.