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Rias of Finistère, France
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Finistère (called in Breton "Penn-ar-Bed") is a department of France, in the extreme west of Brittany. It has 300 miles (500 km) of coastline with ever-changing landscapes. Finistère is a place where traditional life style of northern Brittany (France) still prevails. For example, in Finistère Breton dialect survived strongly as a spoken language. Exploration of small towns and cities in this region can be very interesting. But if you are in Finistère, you may not want to miss rias - drowned river valleys.
What Makes It Special
Like real fjords, the rias sculpt the coastline and offer endlessly changing landscapes. Finistère's dramatic and rough coastline indeed looks sometimes as the end of the world with unspoiled views of wild Breton coastline and places linked to tales and legends. Small villages, local food, no tourist crowds - all this will make your trip one of a kind.
Directions To Destination
You can enter France trough Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris which is one of the biggest international airports.
To explore Finistere region you can start with Brest - the largest city in the area. You can get there by plain, car, train, bus or by boat - Brest is one of the biggest ports in France.The quickest way to get there is by plain. The city is served by Brest Bretagne Airport (IATA: BES, ICAO: LFRB). The airport is called Brest Guipavas Airport because of its location in the commune of Guipavas. It is situated about six miles (10 km) from Brest. there are 3 daily flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and 6 daily flights from Paris Orly Airport to Brest. The duration of a flight is about 1 hour 15 minutes. You can find taxis at Brest airport. The taxis are not cheap and drivers mostly do not speak English.There is a shuttle bus service between Brest Bretagne Airport and the train station in the center of Brest. It makes two stops at Saint Luc and Place de la Liberte next to the Tourist Office.
Best Time To Go
You can visit the region all year round but the best time is summer when there are fewer rainy days. In June - August Fenestere region has about 9 rainy days per month. Fenestere region has a maritime climate. Summer temperatures in July - August are about 70 ºF - 81 ºF (21 ºC -27 ºC). Winters are usually mild with rare night frost. The coldest months are January - February with day temperatures about 49 ºF (9.5 ºC).
Where To Stay
To visit Aber Wrac'h and Aber Benoît we can recommend La Baie des Anges in Landeda (350, route des Anges - Port de l'Aber-Wrac'h, 29870 Landeda, France) three star hotel with the rates starting from $200 - per one person and $255 per two plus 5% local accommodation tax. Family owned and operated the hotel is located in a lovely bay with great views directly on Flamands Beach. There are ten rooms in the hotel.
The main activity in the area is sightseeing and hiking. If you like sea and river fishing, you can do it as well; though, I would not count on nice beaches although you may find some. It could be a good idea to rent a car which can make the exploration of this region much easier allowing you to explore small medieval villages and towns.
Useful Visitor Information and Tips
Talking about local accommodations, I would recommend to set your expectations and standards with respect to the level of service. In these rural France areas, there are certainly different services than in big European or American cities. However, hotels and B&Bs owners certainly welcome guests and try to provide service as they understand it.
Tags: Aber Benoit; Aber Ildut; Aber Wrach; Audierne; Breles; Brest; Brittany; Finistere; France (7); Ile Vierge; Landeda; La Pointe du Raz; La Pointe Saint Mathieu; Penn-ar-Bed; ria; rias