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Make a holiday villa, gite or cottage in Finistere, Brittany, France your home away from home

Finistere is the most westerly department of France, and is located in the Brittany region, strutting out into the Atlantic. Finistere has 750 miles of coastline to enjoy with thousands of inlets, bays and islands. Finistere means ‘land’s end’ in Breton, and can be considered the French equivalent of Land’s End across the Channel.

Places to holiday in Finistere, France

The largest settlement in Finistere is the city of Brest. Destroyed almost entirely during the raids of WW II, Brest had to be largely re-build. However, some of the original city remains, including the 15th Century Castle and La Place Guerin, haunt of many poets, musicians and writers.

A holiday to a Finistere holiday rental cottage or gite would not be complete without a boat trip to the famous Ile d’Ouessant. The island makes up part of the Armorique Nature Reserve, and is a fantastic trip for cyclists and nature lovers.

There are many great towns and villages in Finistre where ancient stones, historic architecture and magnificent Finistere villas can be seen, including the destinations of Audierne, Quimper and Crozon.

Things to do on holiday in Finistere, France

There are a range of festivals in Finistere, celebrating all aspects of Breton culture, which has its stronghold here in Finistere. The Festival de Cornouaille and Festival des Vieilles Charrues attract thousands of international and local visitors each year.

If you are thinking of taking a holiday villa in Finistere for a family holiday, there is plenty to entertain children. The huge marine park of Oceanopolis in Brest is a big attraction in the area. The Branfere wildlife park, Parc du Golfe, Planete Sauvage, Parc de Prehistoire and the excellent paint-balling facilities will certainly capture the imagination.

Many of the sporting facilities focus on the sea. A holiday rental or cottage in Finistere allows sailing, surfing, rowing, canoeing, and sand yachting, especially around the fabulous Gulf of Morbihan. Walking and cycling through palm groves, cliff tops or inland to the medieval, mythical forest of Merlin the Magician.

Finistere is a historical part of France, with special attention given to WW II and King Arthur and his knights. There is a huge wealth of chateaus, medieval towns, museums, ancient megaliths and Finistere barns here, which can easily be explored from a Finistere holiday cottage.

Weather in Finistere, France

Finistere has a mild climate. Summers are dry and cool, ideal for walking, cycling and generally relaxing in the laid back atmosphere. Winters are cold, with average temperatures getting down to around 5°C.

Travel to Finistere, France

Ryanair and Flybe offer cheap flights to Finistere, landing in Brest (BES). Flights leave from Luton (LTN), Birmingham (BHX), Exeter (EXT), Southampton (SOU) and Edinburgh (EDI). A holiday cottage in Finistere is very easy to get to from the UK, and all of the Finistere gites, barns, villas and cottages are within two hours drive from the ports of Caen, Cherbourg, Roscoff and St Malo. Condor Ferries, Brittany Ferries and Irish Ferries all supply travel to Finistere.

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                                                                                              Lovely setting overlooking a peaceful inlet.

                                                                                              4 of 5
                                                                                              We had lovely week at this house. Being so close to the water was perfect for teenage boys to come and go - whether swimming or paddle boarding when the tide was in, or exploring the exposed sea bed and nearby islands when the tide was out. Great to have the bar not far away (but not heard from the house - closes at 9pm) which overlooks a perfect Breton sandy beach - good for a swimming. The house was comfortable and clean and had good basic facilities, and a good sized garden to kick a ball around. Lots of maps and leaflets to help you get to know the area - we brought our bikes and were able to explore all the little back roads and find other sandy beaches and villages. The TV with a couple of Wii games entertained the boys when it poured with rain - a great back-up entertainment! Lots of local markets nearby the best was in Plouguerneu but I can't remember which day! Another happy week in Brittany :)
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                              A well presented property that is ideally situated for local amenities and attractions.

                                                                                              5 of 5
                                                                                              I booked this villa for three generations of my family and was looking for something particularly special. We were not disappointed; the owners could not have been more welcoming and the villa itself far exceeded all our expectations. The property is modern but comfortably furnished and equipped, and the heated swimming pool was a big hit with everyone, especially our four grandchildren, all under 6 years of age. The property is ideally situated. With four small children we wanted somewhere that we could walk to local restaurants, which are only minutes away in a most beautiful harbour setting. There are also some excellent child friendly beaches within walking distance or a few minutes’ drive away. The coastal walks are also to be recommended with some beautiful coastal views. There is no local shop but there is a Carrefour, with petrol pumps in nearby Clohars-Carnoet, which also has some excellent boulangeries and charcouteries. The local market in Moelan-sur-Mer on Tuesday mornings is also a must, particularly for any foodies! In summary a superb property that more than lives up to the description on the website and is suitable for a family young or (and) old! The owners are absolutely charming and could not be more helpful without being in any way intrusive. All eleven of my family would recommend this villa to anyone looking a comfortable fun packed holiday in Brittany.
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                              Perfect for all our needs - smart, clean and we'll equipped

                                                                                              5 of 5
                                                                                              We were looking for a location for a short family break which was easily accessible and could provide enough to entertain an 8 year old, a 13 year old and me and we were happy with our choice. We flew the short hop from Birmingham to Brest and then it was only 45 mins in a car to Sibiril. Brittany is a quiet part of France but there are great beaches, good seafood restaurants and the old town of Roscoff is really quaint. The beach is 5 min walk away from the property which boasts an indoor heated pool - perfect for an active 8 year old. Finally the owner, Jacqueline, was really helpful and easy to deal with. All batteries fully charged and kids really enjoyed the trip.
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Jul 2016