Out and About
The Crozon Peninsula is located in Finistère (derived from the Latin Finis Terræ – which translates as “Head/End of the World”) on the west coast of France. The area is teeming with with natural beauty, and you’ll find the Crozon Peninsula buzzing with activity; French markets bursting with fresh local cheeses, seafood, freshly cooked local delicacies, as well as the traditional crafts of the area.
There’s a huge variety of stunning beaches on the Crozon peninsula, from wide open sandcastle heaven to rock pools teeming with weird and wonderful sea life. There are sea caves to visit by boat, sand yachting, surfing or if you prefer, plenty of choices for just chilling at the beach. You’ll find a picnic basket with bucket and spade ready to go in your gite!
Watersports activities include:
- char a voile = sand yachting
- optimiste = dinghy sailing
- plance a voile = windsurfing
- ski nautique = water-sking
- sports de glisse = board sports
- voile = sailing
- kayaking = sea kayaking
- plongee = snorkelling
There are loads of places for a cheeky holiday selfie near to Argol.
The ancient standing stones at Carnac, the Pointe de Raz, the Pont de Terenez or the abbey at Landevennec are some of our favourites.
The local Pont de Terenez bridge links the Crozon peninsula with the mainland is a spectacular site which you can walk along and admire the stunning views.
The Menez Hom is a local mountain which on a clear day has a stunning 360 degree view of the area.
Close to home Argol boasts its very own living crafts museum, Les Vieux Metiers – with regular demonstrations of traditional local crafts such as clog making, butter churning, chandlery and of course cider making!
The city of Brest, a naval port, which was heavily bombed in 1944, is still home to the 1631 Arsenal and the ancient castle that now houses the National Maritime Museum. This site has held a fortress for over seventeen centuries and is recognised as the oldest castle in the world still in use.
Oceanopolis, the large aquarium is well worth a visit, as is Enfants de dialogues, a fantastic toy shop which is on the newly installed tram line. There are shops galore, restaurants and pavement cafes.
The city of Quimper is dominated by a beautiful twin spired cathedral and the River Odet. It has quaint shopping streets, and creperies and pavement cafes to enjoy. It is also home to Faience pottery, hand painted Breton ceramics which date back many centuries and you can watch pieces in production.
http://www.larecredes3cures.fr La Recre des Trois Cures near Brest is a great family day out. A 35 acre site set round a lake it has old fashioned carousels, a giant Ferris wheel, a swinging Octopus ride a rollercoaster, bobsleigh, indoor play areas, picnic areas – lots to do! There is a water balloon area, a big outdoor water fun area, and a toddler mini petting zoo and tractor rides.
The Crozon peninsula also boasts a wide range of popular fêtes and festivals throughout the year, which means that you can find entertainment, culture, and holiday activities throughout the season!
Douarnenez, famed for its Sardines, is a very pretty port where you can sample either fresh sardines, or hundreds of varieties of tinned sardines which are a local speciality.
Brittany is famous for its pork, in the traditional pork casserole Kig Ha Farz that features on local menus, and the famous Henaff pate is locally produced. You can even visit the Henaff visitor centre.
Any trip to France would be incomplete without sampling unusual cheeses, and there is a wide range of cheese available from both local supermarkets and the colourful outdoor markets.
Beurre du Caramel Sale is a local speciality (caramel made with salted butter) and is delicious with crepes!
Patisseries are full of tasty cakes and treats, especially on Sundays, and fresh bread is available from the village bakery which opens at 7am for those of you who enjoy an early morning walk or cycle to the village!
Fresh seafood – scallops, or noix de Saint-Jacques are delicious and readily available, smoked salmon trout from the local viviers de Terenez is one of our favourites, and oysters are also very popular.
Brittany produces many fruit and vegetables – apples, Roscoff onions, artichokes, cauliflowers, strawberries from Plougastel and is home to many local cider makers.