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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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                                                                                                      VILLA PENVEN

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                                                                                                      Villa Penven is an absolutely beautiful property. It is tastefully decorated in a nautical theme, in an outstanding location, with direct beach access. The property is immaculately presented and spotlessly clean and is probably the best property and biggest on the road. There is ample off road parking and private bbq area to the rear. The owner met us when we arrived and could not have done any more to make us feel more welcome, and left us a phone number encase of any problems. I would recommend this property to all.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 26-Feb-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2017

                                                                                                      so amazing

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                                                                                                      This apartment has to be experienced to be believed. Most of the time we thought we were on a cruise liner with the view,and the sound of the sea was so soothing. The rooms were exceptional and the owners so nice and kind. There were flowers , Champagne and a tin of biscuits waiting for us. We did not want to go anywhere to visit because it was so amazing. Will be back in 2018 hopefully
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 15-Feb-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Perfect place for a relaxing family holiday

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                                                                                                      Perfect. We have stayed in Concarneau before so we already knew how nice the town and beach are but this house made this break much better then any other. 5 of us stayed in total (mum, dad and 3 children age 8, 6 and 4). The house was very clean and had everything we needed. The Children loved the house especially the garden. The outside area was great for them to play and and discover things to do. The outside BBQ was ideal and provided our dinner for most nights. We never got bored hanging around the house. We used the two bedrooms with three beds for the kids in the second bedroom, we all fitted in perfectly. These is one bathroom upstairs and the second toilet downstairs was very useful as we stayed around the house most days. The town centre, supermarket and beach were only a short drive away. The internet connection was not the most reliable but the owner was quick to try and fix this. The owner was friendly and helped made our stay very relaxing. Our family loves Concarneau and we love this house. We will be back again.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 18-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016