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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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                                                                                              Superb beachside retreat

                                                                                              5 of 5
                                                                                              The place looked great on paper... and it really lived up to expectations. Eight of us - three adults, one teen and four youngsters spent easy days hanging in the pool, playing on the beach or just chilling out in the lounge enjoying the view. The pool is a good temperature and good size - although note it is 1.5m deep, so bring arm bands for younger kids. We also brought some inflatables (two rings and a crocodile), a body board and several water pistols. As a result, the kids were in the pool at least once every day! You can't see it from the pictures, but outside the lounge there is a small garden with a picnic table and four sun loungers. Right at the end of the garden is a path leading down some rocks and onto the beach. A great beach too. The sun rises at the front of the house, and moves over the back in the afternoon, so that's when you want to go to the beach, especially as that's when the tide is in and you can paddle/swim in the sea. The sun setting on the water is quite magnificent. The owners also supply two kayaks (and various life jackets). They were excellent! We went out into the sea a few times - including one epic journey. It's absolutely amazing out on the open water - we just regretted not taking a couple of beers with us! Outside of the house, the village (Santec) is ten minutes walk and has a nice bakery and a bar/tabac, as well as a small grocery store. There is a big E Leclerc supermarket at nearby St Pol de Leon that has a great selection and good prices, and cheap fuel. For a day trip drive into Roscoff and take the boat to the Ile de Batz (pronounced Ba). We hired out bikes (including one with a trailer for the two littlest and two junior ones for a six and seven year old) and cycled to the the lighthouse creperie for a bite to eat, before heading to the lighthouse itself, which we climbed for some amazing views. Afterwards, we hit the nearby beach with its amazingly clear water. If we'd arrived earlier, we might have cycled round the whole island. It really is beautiful. All in all, a brilliant place for a holiday, especially with kids. Very helpful owners too. Highly recommended.
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                              A beautiful modern and clean villa, located just 5 minutes walk from a lovely and quiet beach.

                                                                                              5 of 5
                                                                                              We are a family of five, with 3 young children between the ages of 2 and 5. The villa was ideal for us as it was very child friendly and safe. The swimming pool doors can be locked, as well as the front gate. This meant that the children could quite happily play in the garden whilst we relaxed. The villa itself is beautiful, being very modern and spacious. We all loved the swimming pool and used it every day. It was also a great way to keep the kids entertained on the days where the weather wasn't so good. The Santec area is very picturesque, the villa is just a 5 minute walk away from the sandy beach and a 10 minute walk into the village centre. There is a lovely little bakery in the village for fresh bread and pastries. The supermarket in St Pol de Leon is also very good and is just a 10 minute drive away. There are some beautiful towns such as Roscoff, Carantec and Morlaix that are just a short drive away. We had a fantastic holiday and thoroughly enjoyed staying in Frederic and Nathalie's beautiful house, we would definitely recommend it and the Santec areafor a relaxing family holiday.
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                              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